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

Cobbs Creek Golf Course to close for renovations

The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation will manage the restoration project. The renovations will take up to three years.
 
When Cobbs Creek Golf Course opened in 1916, it was one of the finest public courses in the United State. The project will:
  • Restore the course to its original, historic design.
  • Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
  • Create a youth-based community education program. 
While the course is closed, please visit another of Parks & Rec’s golf courses:

Parks & Rec offers free wood chips

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is offering free wood chips through December 2020. They are available for pick up at the Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park.

Philadelphia residents, companies, and non-profits may pick up the free wood chips.

Pick up during open hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Every other Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Upcoming Saturdays in 2020 include:
    • October 31.
    • November 14.

Learn more about the organic materials offered at the Organic Recycling Center.

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Events

  • Oct
    19
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    October 19, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

    Questions? Email us at WEC@phila.gov Photo: Laura Kennedy

    https://www.facebook.com/events/626625381312272/
  • Oct
    23
    Family Time Program: Charcoal Drawing
    10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Family Time Program: Charcoal Drawing

    October 23, 2020
    10:00 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Register for this program geared towards families and individuals of all ages. Each group will learn how charcoal is made from sticks and then get a chance to try your hand at some guided wildlife drawings. Suggested Donation of $10.00 per family.

    IMPORTANT:
    Registration is required in order to follow CDC Guidelines. Spaces are extremely limited, and walkups will NOT be accepted. All programs will be held outdoors, and participants must wear a mask. The Building and Bathrooms will NOT be open.

     To register or for more information call: 215.685.0470 or email: PEC@phila.gov.

    Programs are subject to change due to the weather and ever-changing Public Health Guidelines.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2703878866605753/
  • Oct
    23
    Family Time Program: Charcoal Drawing
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Family Time Program: Charcoal Drawing

    October 23, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    map
    Register for this program geared towards families and individuals of all ages. Each group will learn how charcoal is made from sticks and then get a chance to try your hand at some guided wildlife drawings. Suggested Donation of $10.00 per family. IMPORTANT: Registration is required in order to follow CDC Guidelines. Spaces are extremely limited, and walkups will NOT be accepted. All programs will be held outdoors, and participants must wear a mask. The Building and Bathrooms will NOT be open. To register or for more information call: 215.685.0470 or email: PEC@phila.gov. Programs are subject to change due to the weather and ever-changing Public Health Guidelines. https://www.facebook.com/events/2703878866605753/?event_time_id=2703878869939086

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