Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

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
  • 5 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Expanded park curfew

Effective December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, the following areas of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system will be closed daily from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 

  • Bartram’s Garden
  • Cobbs Creek Park
  • East and West Fairmount Park
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park
  • Poquessing Creek Park
  • Pennypack Park
  • Tacony Creek Park
  • Wissahickon Valley Park

All trails, parking lots, and other areas in these parks will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian, and vehicular traffic. The curfew will ensure public safety while deer control activities are conducted. Otherwise, City parks are open from dawn to dusk.

Recreational Boating Advisory

Parks & Rec is urging extreme caution for any recreational activity on or along the Schuylkill River while storm damage assessment continues.
 
River users are reminded that:
  • State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
  • The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
The storm damaged an emergency safety cable that helps prevent recreational boaters or kayakers from accidentally going over the Fairmount Dam. This recreational river advisory will remain in place until the safety line has been replaced.

 

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Events

  • Jan
    20
    FDR Park in 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    FDR Park in 2022

    January 20, 2022
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
    Join us for a Virtual Open House to learn about the improvement projects, programs, and volunteer events planned for the coming year in FDR Park. Meet staff from Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation who oversee the maintenance, projects and programs in this park. The session will be in Zoom’s webinar format and will be recorded for later viewing. https://www.facebook.com/events/248939433974710/
  • Jan
    20
    Hiberation Walk & Talk
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Hiberation Walk & Talk

    January 20, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    It’s cold and dark. Do you wish you could go to sleep and wake up once it’s warm and sunny again? Learn how lots of our animal neighbors do just that, hibernating and brumating until spring. Please RSVP on Facebook, or at cccec@phila.gov. Part of our Home School series. https://www.facebook.com/events/1261464230994388/?event_time_id=1261464237661054
  • Jan
    20
    Project Feeder Watch
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Project Feeder Watch

    January 20, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    Learn about how to take part in the Project Feeder Watch citizen science program as we also observe birds at our feeders and discuss the best foods for our feathered friends. Please RSVP on Facebook, or at cccec@phila.gov. Part of our Home School series and Early Dismissal programs. https://www.facebook.com/events/221436526733902/?event_time_id=221469176730637

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