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
  • 166 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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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Register for the Boxers’ Trail 5K Walk/Run!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 14. Proceeds from the Boxers’ Trail 5K benefit East Fairmount Park and Mander Playground.

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Events

  • Aug
    24
    Early Migration
    7:30 am to 10:00 am
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Early Migration

    August 24, 2019
    7:30 am to 10:00 am, 3 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    Early Migration Saturday August 24, 7:30am-9:00am We will bird around the environmental center grounds for warblers and other early fall migrants. Afterwards we will head to nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for shorebirds and herons. https://www.facebook.com/events/424659574783616/
  • Aug
    24
    Volunteer Event: Summit Avenue Trail Closure
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Summit Avenue Trailhead

    Volunteer Event: Summit Avenue Trail Closure

    August 24, 2019
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Summit Avenue Trailhead
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    In 2016, the volunteers at Friends of the Wissahickon built a stunning re-route on the Yellow Trail that allowed the trail to stay in the woods, rather than having to walk along Summit Avenue for a quarter of a mile. Now that the dust has long-since settled, we’re ready to go back and tie up this project by closing down an old trail that no longer needs to be used. Find more information and register to attend here: https://www.fow.org/event/19-summitclosure2/ https://www.facebook.com/events/383535825637786/
  • Aug
    24
    Weekend Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    635 Tampa Street Philadelphia, PA 19120

    Weekend Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park

    August 24, 2019
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    635 Tampa Street Philadelphia, PA 19120
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    The FREE walking group with WeWalk PHL will meet Monday and Saturday mornings every week. Join us at two gateways of Tacony Creek park, exercise together and share communal space from May to November 2019. Schedule: * (WEEKEND) Saturdays 10-11 AM starting at Whitaker Avenue Gateway - 635 Tampa Street Philadelphia, PA 19120 * (WEEKDAY) Mondays 9-10 AM starting at Bingham Street Gateway - 5109 Bingham Street, Philadelphia PA 19120 RSVP nagiarry@ttfwatershed.org or 215-744-1853 Thankful for this amazing partnership with We Walk PHL, Get Healthy Philly, Philly Powered, Fairmount Park Conservancy, PHL Dept of Public Health, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Share with a friend. FREE WeWalk PHL shirts will be given. Bring a new friend. We look forward to you, joining us! https://www.facebook.com/events/350873128882392/?event_time_id=350873185549053

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