Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Protecting over 10,200 acres of public land and waterways, and managing hundreds of recreation, environmental, and cultural centers.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

What we do

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation connects the city’s residents to the natural world, to each other, and to fun physical and social opportunities. We manage historically significant Philadelphia events and special venues, and we work with communities and organizations, leading capital projects and introducing creative programming.

Philadelphia’s large, diverse parks and recreation system provides something for everyone. Listed below are some of facilities and programs we’re responsible for:

  • 300+ neighborhood parks, rec centers, and playgrounds
  • 272 miles of trails and 40 historic sites
  • 60 community gardens, farms, and orchards
  • 3 environmental education centers
  • 600+ baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields
  • 74 pools
  • 400+ basketball and 200+ tennis courts
  • 5 ice skating rinks
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers


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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park to close temporarily

The City of Philadelphia has announced that beginning this Saturday, August 18, 2018, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, 2018, the Devil’s Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park will be closed to all public recreational use.

As part of this closure, the Orange Trail and White Trail entrances to the Devil’s Pool site will be closed at both Livezey Lane and at Valley Green Road to ensure that no pedestrian, equestrian, or bicycle access is available to this area. All other trails, parking lots, recreational areas, and amenities throughout the Wissahickon Valley will remain open on these days.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is implementing this temporary closure to ensure public safety. The Philadelphia Police Department and Parks & Rec Rangers will ensure public compliance with the restriction of the trails accessing this area of the Wissahickon Valley.

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  • Sep
    Schuylkill River Trail Public Meeting
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    D Finnegan Playground, 1231 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

    Schuylkill River Trail Public Meeting

    September 26, 2018
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours
    D Finnegan Playground, 1231 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
    A multi-use trail is being planned to connect the existing trail terminus near Christian Street to the Grays Ferry Crescent at 34th Street. The design team is seeking input from the public on the proposed design, alignment, and amenities. Display boards showing the details of the preliminary designs will be available for review and forms will be provided for the public to provide comments. For more info, please visit If you cannot attend the Public Open House, you can still send comments regarding the plans to or mail them to: Schuylkill River Development Corporation, 2401 Walnut Street, Suite 603, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
  • Sep
    Movies in Clark Park
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Movies in Clark Park

    September 28, 2018
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 3 hours
    Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    It's 'WAKANDA FOREVER' in Clark Park! Wear your best superhero outfit and take an adventure to Wakanda to see the smash hit Black Panther with a crowd under the stars! Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Baby Blues BBQ Philly, Foolish Waffles, and Lil' Pop Shop will be there. Bring your blankets and chairs.

    The movie will start shortly around 7:15. Learn more on the Facebook event
  • Sep
    Apple Pressing on Forbidden Drive
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

    Apple Pressing on Forbidden Drive

    September 29, 2018
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
    Join us on Forbidden Drive near Northwestern Avenue for this annual celebration of autumn. Help make fresh apple cider using an old-fashioned cider press.

    Read more about the Apple Pressing Facebook event.