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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

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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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One-day detour for Kelly Drive trail section on October 18

Part of the Schuylkill River Trail will close for routine maintenance and inspection. The one-day closure takes place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The closure affects a section of the trail along Kelly Drive in East Fairmount Park.
The multi-use path in this area will be closed from the Falls Bridge to the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Ridge Avenue.
Trail users should follow the posted detour:
Northbound on Kelly Drive:
  • Turn right at Calumet Avenue.
  • Turn left at Ridge Avenue.
  • Follow Ridge Avenue to the detour’s end at Lincoln Drive.
    • Continue to Manayunk via Main Street or Roxborough via Ridge Avenue, or,
    • continue to Forbidden Drive via the Lincoln Drive Trail.
Southbound on Ridge Avenue at Kelly Drive:
  • Continue south on Ridge Avenue to Calumet Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Calumet Avenue.
  • Cross Kelly Drive.
  • Turn left to rejoin the Schuylkill River Trail.
The Schuylkill River Trail is a popular recreation path. It is also an important commuter route for cyclists and others. This closure will help keep the route in good working order.


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  • Oct
    Bird Walks with Will
    8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Bird Walks with Will

    October 3, 2022
    8:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    All ages can join Will for an early morning bird walk to ID local bird. Binoculars available to borrow. Drop ins welcome, for questions or to register call 215-685-0470 or email .
  • Oct
    Run with Me
    5:15 am to 6:15 am
    Tacony Creek Park

    Run with Me

    October 4, 2022
    5:15 am to 6:15 am, 1 hour
    Tacony Creek Park
    Join your neighbors for fun, rejuvenating, and healthy fitness runs on the paved Tacony Creek Park Trail, part of the Circuit Trails Network! Run or ride your bike on the trail with us. Free! Schedule: Run on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 5:15 AM Saturday mornings at 6 AM RSVP for location to or 215-744-1853 All programs follow Philadelphia Covid guidelines. Please view TTF's event calendar for event updates and changes:
  • Oct
    PEC Afterschool Adventures
    3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    PEC Afterschool Adventures

    October 4, 2022
    3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    This staff led afterschool program, guides children on adventures in Pennypack Park. We will meet at the Pennypack Environmental Center, then enjoy new adventures each week. Children ages 8-12. This is a drop off program; parents and siblings are not able to stay. Space is limited to 10 children/day. Meets every other Tuesday from September to November. $5.00 per child per program. Eventbrite fees apply and are non-refundable. Visit to register. If you'd rather pay by check or cash please contact the center at