Philadelphia has some restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

So what does this mean for Parks & Rec sites?

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

Parks & Rec will now issue permits for limited activities, such as:

  • Private events (weddings, picnics).
  • Community events.
  • Sports or group recreation.
  • Parks & Rec will accept Media Permit applications for consideration. Download a media permit application on our permit applications page.

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 (with exceptions)

Courts and fields: OPEN

  • Outdoor courts are open, and group sports and games are allowed.
  • No tournaments of 3 or more teams are permitted.
  • Players must: 
    • Wear masks at all times.
    • Practice skills and drills only.
    • Keep six feet apart.
    • Wash or sanitize hands before and after play.

Community Gardens: OPEN


  • All publicly advertised 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.

Ice Rinks

  • Ice rinks will re-open on a rolling basis starting January 25. Public skate resumes February 1.

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

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.

Sports: OPEN

  • Sports and recreational activities are allowed at Parks & Rec sites, with some important exceptions.
  • Outdoor sports
    • Games permitted for all sports. 
    • Participation is limited to 10 people per 1,000 square feet. 
      • Basketball courts are typically 4,700 sq ft.
      • Athletics fields are typically 48,000 sq ft.
  • Indoor Sports
    • High contact sports
      • Skills and drills only.
      • No games.
      • Includes: basketball, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. 
      • 10 participant limit.
    • Low and medium contact sports.
      • Games and leagues permitted. 
      • Includes: tumbling and gymnastics.
      • 25 participant limit in gyms.
    • Read our permitting guidelines

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.