Philadelphia’s watershed parks play many roles. They protect our creeks and rivers. They help keep our drinking water clean. And they offer great green spaces and trails to explore. With Philadelphians staying close-to-home to prevent the spread of  COVID-19, our parks have seen an increase in visitors this year.

Before you visit one of our watershed parks, here are a few important safety tips:

Carry out what you carry in.

  • Increased visitation means more trash is being left behind. Parks & Rec staff are working hard to collect and dispose of trash.
  • Please do your part! Bring a trash bag to collect and leave with all your trash.
  • Sign up to clean up your Philly park today! You’ll receive a free cleanup kit to use on your own or with your family.

No swimming!

Do not bathe or swim in the city’s rivers, streams, and lakes. Our waterways are unsafe and unhealthy due to:

  • Strong currents.
  • Submerged items under the water’s surface.
  • Poor water quality

Jumping into the water from a high point, such as a cliff or bridge, can result in serious injury or death.

Park in authorized areas only.

  • Illegal parking on the side of the road can create major safety hazards. It can also block emergency vehicle access to our parks.
  • Plan your journey head of time, and park in designated parking areas only.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Gather in small groups, or with members of your household.
  • Outdoor group gatherings of 50 or more are not allowed.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from other visitors.

Check out this pictorial history of Philadelphia’s watershed parks.

The Parks & Rec map-based Finder app is a great resource for information on our parks.