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
Parks & Rec is accepting permits for most activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities.
Effective immediately, COVID-19 action plans are no longer required as part of the event permit process. This is based on the latest guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health.
Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.
- Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
- Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.
Friends and community group events
Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.
Outdoor recreation and athletics
Parks & Rec fields and courts offer space for group activities. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field.
- All sports are allowed outdoors.
- Fields are available for permitted use.
Any gathering of 100 people or more held at a Parks & Rec site requires a special events permit.
- These events may require portable toilets, signage, sound systems, and/or city services.
- Special events include:
- Public and private events.
- Large athletic events.
Media projects including videos, photos, and film
Indoor recreation and athletics.
Parks & Rec facilities are open for group recreation and athletics. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field for group activity.
- All sports are allowed indoors.
- Be sure to follow posted mask guidance.
Jul23EventLeave No Trace: History of the Wissahickon Guided Walk9:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Leave No Trace: History of the Wissahickon Guided WalkJuly 23, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursAs part of this summer's Leave No Trace Hot Spot, learn about the industrial history of the Wissahickon Creek from FOW Instagram Coordinator (and part-time historian) Brad Maule – and how the need to protect Philadelphia’s water supply from pollution created Wissahickon Valley Park! Register for the event: https://fow.org/event/lnthotspot-history-walk/ https://www.facebook.com/events/328722712045452/
Jul23EventLeave No Trace Quizzo and Trash Smash Opening Ceremony7:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent
Leave No Trace Quizzo and Trash Smash Opening CeremonyJuly 23, 20217:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 1 hourWe’ll be kicking off the Leave No Trace Hotspot this evening with Quizzo – and the opening ceremonies for the FOW Trash Smash World Championship! Bring your friends and brush up on your knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (and Wissahickon-related trivia) to win at Quizzo... and if you’re feeling like some cleanup competition, sign up your team for Trash Smash at fow.org/trashsmash by Wednesday, July 21! Grab a drink, get comfortable with a laptop (or smartphone), and join the program via Zoom. Register for the virtual event here: https://fow.org/event/lnthotspot-quizzo/ https://www.facebook.com/events/494504218325883/
Jul23EventStorytelling Campfire7:30 pm to 10:30 pmPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
Storytelling CampfireJuly 23, 20217:30 pm to 10:30 pm, 3 hoursPennypack Environmental CentermapJoin us for an evening of stories with Pete by the campfire. Registration required. https://www.facebook.com/events/3043783859276763/