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
MLK Trail is reopened for use! Walkers, runners, and cyclists can now enjoy a wider, safer trail that is more accessible for everyone. Upgrades to the trail include:
- New signage and on-trail pavement markings.
- Improved crosswalks and ADA accessible ramps.
- Redesigns and repaving to avoid existing tree roots.
- Clearing of dead and damaged trees.
- Modern drainage systems.
- New, widened bicycle ramps at key locations to improve access.
Finishing touches to the $1.4 million project will continue through May.
Look out for a ceremonial ribbon cutting this summer when all work is completed!
- Live on a small, one-way street.
- Take part in the summer food program.
- Open and close the street to traffic each weekday.
- Have less than 25 percent of residents submit an objection to the creation of the PlayStreet
Parks & Rec’s Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks.
On Monday, April 5, most City recreation centers resumed a regular schedule. Daily operations look different due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Health and safety modification include:
- No more than two programs or permitted activities allowed at a time.
- Room capacity limits:
- 50 person limit in gymnasiums.
- 25 person limit multipurpose rooms.
- No walk-ins.
- Visitors must complete a symptom check.
- Contact tracing in place.
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|Dates||Color||Cause or organization|
|April 1 – 2||Red||Phillies home opener|
|April 17||Red||Hemophilia awareness|
|April 19||Purple||National crime victims rights week|
|April 22||Green||Earth Day|
|April 23||Blue and gold||Philadelphia Union opener|
|May 10||Teal||American Lung Association|
|May 13||Pink||Neurofibromatosis and high blood pressure awareness in children|
May6EventLearn to Fish - Pleasant Hill Park5:30 pm to 7:30 pm8900 N. Delaware Ave. Philadelphia, PAEvent
Learn to Fish - Pleasant Hill ParkMay 6, 20215:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours8900 N. Delaware Ave. Philadelphia, PAmapLearn how to catch one of the many fish species found in the tidal Delaware River. Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. We have rods to loan out and worms for bait. You are welcome to bring your own rod. No fishing license necessary; state license requirements are waived for these events. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers. MEET AT THE PONDS within Pleasant Hill Park (you’ll see the ponds on your right hand side as you enter from Linden Ave. Park in the main park parking lot near the rec center, and use the park paths – about 500ft – to cut through to the ponds) **Due to social distancing requirements, everyone MUST pre-register: learntofishpleasanthill.eventbrite.com Participants will be capped at 25 people. Masks required. CDC guidelines will be followed. This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners https://www.facebook.com/events/1022374814952686/
May8EventLove Your Park Week 20219:00 am to 5:00 pmPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaEvent
Love Your Park Week 2021May 8, 20219:00 am to 5:00 pm, 1 weekPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniamapLove Your Park Week is a week-long celebration of parks across Philadelphia. Register to volunteer at one of dozens of parks across Philadelphia from May 8-16, 2021! More than 80 volunteer Park Friends groups across Philadelphia will be tending gardens and flower beds, caring for trees, and cleaning up our parks after a cold winter. Registration opens April 14, 2021. Please note that all events will be capped at 25 total participants and will follow COVID-19 health protocols per Philadelpha's Department of Public Health. All participants are required to wear masks. Love Your Park Week is made possible with the support of the Knight Foundation, TD Bank, and PECO. https://www.facebook.com/events/318996589574152/
May8EventCreek Care Day10:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Creek Care DayMay 8, 202110:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursGet your hands dirty to improve local creeks and streams! We need volunteers to help remove invasive plants, clean up litter, and plant native plants. Together, we’ll remove litter that could otherwise end up in waterways and promote native plants that filter stormwater pollution. We’ll be at a different location each month in Philadelphia or Montgomery County. For the location, RSVP to email@example.com or call 215-744-1853. Note: Event time may shift, check back! https://www.facebook.com/events/692284788332273/?event_time_id=692284814998937