Philadelphia has created new “Safer at Home” restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions are effective November 20, 2020 through at least January 1, 2021.

So what does this mean for Parks & Rec sites?

1) While some things are not allowed now (see below), you can still:

2) Under the new restrictions, the following are not allowed at Parks & Rec sites:

  • ALL programs and events, except for Access Centers. This includes:
    • Indoor and outdoor programs.
    • Afterschool Unplugged.
    • Activities at Environmental Education Centers and ice rinks.
  • Group sports.
  • Competitive sports.

3) All current permits are canceled. Parks & Rec will not issue permits for or allow:

  • Private events (weddings, picnics)
  • Community events.
  • Sports or group recreation.
  • Media productions.

Please read the A to Z guide below for more information.



Athletic fields: OPEN

  • Fields are open for individual and household use.
  • No group sports—competitive or non-competitive—are allowed at this time.
  • Parks & Rec is not taking permit applications for use of baseball and athletics fields at this time.

Buildings and bathrooms: CLOSED

Courts and fields: OPEN

  • Outdoor courts are open, but all group sports and games are off limits.
  • Players must: 
    • Wear masks at all times.
    • Practice skills and drills only.
    • Keep six feet apart.
    • Wash or sanitize hands before and after play.


  • All programs and events at Parks & Rec sites are suspended until further notice. 

Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center: OPEN

Farmer’s markets: OPEN

  • Farmers Markets at Parks & Rec sites may continue to operate following COVID-19 protocols.

Food concessions: OPEN

  • Many of our popular food concessions are open for pick up, take out, and limited outdoor dining.
  • All operations follow public health guidance.

Holiday experiences: OPEN

  • Christmas Village in LOVE Park will take place from November 26 through December 24. Learn more about this year’s modified outdoor holiday market. 
  • The City of Philadelphia will light Boathouse Row with festive colors throughout December. The displays will celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. Details of virtual lightning ceremonies will be announced soon.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive: OPEN TO BIKES & PEDESTRIANS ONLY

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in West Fairmount Park remains closed to vehicular traffic:
    • The drive is closed from the East Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval.
    • This 24-hour-a-day closure provides more space for trail users to practice social distancing.

Older Adult Centers: OPEN (meal distribution only)

Parks: OPEN


  • All current permits are canceled. Parks & Rec will not permit or allow:
    • Private events (weddings, picnics).
    • Community events.
    • Sports or group recreation.
    • Media productions.


  • All picnic permits are canceled and no picnics are allowed. See Permits, above.

Playgrounds: OPEN

  • All playgrounds at Parks & Rec sites are open.
  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after use.


  • Parks & Rec indoor pools are not open until further notice.


  • All sports and recreational activities are not allowed at Parks & Rec sites at this time.
  • This includes non-competitive and competitive sports.
  • Parks & Rec is not issuing permits for the use of:
    • Baseball and athletics fields.
    • Indoor gyms and courts.
  • For the latest updates, read our blog post on permits.

Trails: OPEN

  • Parks & Rec’s trails are open. Please follow these guidelines:
    • Keep six feet of space between you and other trail users.
    • Be sure to wear a mask when you are less than six feet from others.
    • Biking or running? Please signal from behind to give all trail users space. 
  • Explore a new trail! Use our trails web map.
  • Read our trail regulations.