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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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Events

  • Aug
    3
    Junior Naturalist: Exploring Pennypack Creek
    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Junior Naturalist: Exploring Pennypack Creek

    August 3, 2021
    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Children ages 8-12 drop off program, $5 per child per activity. Registration required https://www.facebook.com/events/468017781182310/
  • Aug
    4
    Moth Night
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Moth Night

    August 4, 2021
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, 3 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    The party starts when the sun goes down. Join us at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center as we explore the moths and other flying insects that come out when we go to bed. We will set up stations using light as well as bait to lure in the bugs where we can see them. You will also learn how you can study nocturnal insects at your own home. Wear shoes suitable for walking on a gravel path and some muddy spots. https://www.facebook.com/events/215871077092377/
  • Aug
    5
    Explorer Program: Turtles & Frogs
    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Explorer Program: Turtles & Frogs

    August 5, 2021
    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Ages 5-7 drop off program, $5 per child per program. Registration Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/975006129996297/

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