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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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Love Your Park Summer Cleanups

Join Philadelphia Parks & Rec to keep the City’s parks and waterways free of litter!

Parks & Rec will host small, socially distant, family-friendly cleanups in parks this summer.
Volunteers must pre-register and space is limited. Once registered, volunteers will receive:
  • Trash grabbers
  • Bags
  • Gloves 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive closed to vehicular traffic

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is closed to vehicles until further notice.

The closure:

  • Stretches from East Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval.
  • Will be in place 24 hours a day.
  • Will allow for greater social distancing among trail users.
The City of Philadelphia encourages residents to stay indoors as much as possible. Under current restrictions, parks and trails remain open.
Residents who visit outdoor spaces to recreate should:
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after visiting.

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    Christmas caroling in Clark Park
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Christmas caroling in Clark Park

    December 20, 2020
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 1 hour