PLEASE NOTE: Philadelphia’s Safer-at-Home Order (yellow phase) went into effect on June 5. This replaces the guidance below. Read what this means for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation services and sites.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia, Parks & Rec has:

  • Temporarily closed buildings, playgrounds, athletic courts, and restrooms.
  • Prohibited group sports and gatherings/events while the Stay at Home Order is in effect.

To ensure people follow these temporary restrictions, Parks & Rec staff are:

  • Locking sites where possible.
  • Posting signs to alert residents of closures and social distancing rules.

Parks & Rec staff are out monitoring sites every day. If the posted signs are torn down or ignored, we will:

  • Temporarily remove basketball rims.
  • Change locks.
  • Post more signage.
As needed, police officers will help disperse groups at closed playgrounds or athletic courts. If you see groups at your park or rec center who are not following these restrictions, please contact Philly311.

City parks, athletic fields, and trails remain open. While enjoying Philadelphia’s outdoor spaces you must follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms. These include fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.
  2. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors.
  3. Avoid close contact, such as group sports, shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives.
  4. Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
  5. Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, like benches and handrails.

Thank you for enjoying Philadelphia’s parks responsibly and helping to keep our community healthy.


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health updates its COVID-19 webpage daily. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone. Call the helpline 24/7 to speak with a healthcare professional: 1-800-722-7112.