Philadelphia Parks & Recreation began accepting permit applications again on July 6. Due to COVID-19 we are reopening with care. This means there are restrictions on the type and size of gatherings.
Philadelphia residents may now submit permit applications for the following activities:
  • Outdoor youth and adult group recreation and sports
  • Outdoor gatherings (e.g. family picnics)

Here’s what you need to know before you apply for a permit:
General permit information:
  • Permit applications will be accepted on July 6 (no earlier).
  • Previous permit applicants must reapply and submit a new payment.
  • Access to Parks & Rec restrooms will not be provided.
  • Due to a reduction in seasonal staffing, Parks & Rec has had to reduce:
    • site maintenance
    • mowing cycles
Permit applicants must:

Family picnics and outdoor wedding permits

To receive a permit you must:
  • Hold your gathering outdoors.
  • Not advertise to the public.
  • Limit gathering to 50 pre-registered guests.
The following services are not permitted:
  • Amplified sound including DJs.
  • Inflatables (e.g. moonbounce).
  • Characters.
  • Animals (e.g. pony rides).

Parks & Rec will issue only one picnic site per picnic permit, per date.

Belmont Picnic Grove Pavilions are not available.

How to apply
  1. Download and fill out the picnic site permit application.
  2. Be sure to include a copy of the applicant’s photo ID.
  3. Drop your form off at or mail to:
Community & Special Events
4300 South Concourse Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Notes:
  • The name on payment(s) must match the applicant’s photo ID.
  • We will return applications that are incomplete or missing required documents/information.
  • Picnic & wedding permits must be submitted by Tuesday for the following weekend.

Recreation and sports

Parks & Rec will issue permits for recreational activities or group sports that are:

  • Non-competitive (e.g. skills-only, solo drills, etc.).
  • Limited to 50 people including coaches, volunteers, and participants.

Due to budget cuts, Parks & Rec will not maintain or groom ballfields in 2020.

Mowing of fields will occur bi-weekly.

How to apply
  1. Use the Parks & Rec Finder app to locate the appropriate facility.
  2. Be sure to include a copy of the applicant’s photo ID.
  3. Complete background clearances based on the Parks & rec volunteer clearance policy.
  4. Drop off your form at your local facility or mail to:

Community & Special Events
4300 South Concourse Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Refunds and payments

Parks & Rec will:
  • Issue a refund to all applicants who paid for an activity or event before March 17.
  • Mail back all payments received after March 17th and before July 6th.
How to apply

Contact us

Our permitting office remains closed to the public. But our staff are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Please call (215) 685-0060 or email parksandrecevents@phila.gov.