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
  • 272 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
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Register for Love Your Park Fall Service Day!

Join your local Park Friends Group to plant trees, rake leaves, and prepare our parks for winter. Volunteer registration for the fall service day on November 10 is now open!

Love Your Park is a biannual event that cleans, greens, and celebrates Philly’s parks, organized by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Park Friends Network.

With nearly 100 Park Friends Groups participating each season, it’s easy to find a park near you to clean up!

Register to volunteer

Request for Proposals: 22nd & Winter streets building lease

Learn more about this opportunity for the restoration and long-term lease of an historic Fairmount Park building located just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

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Events

  • Oct
    25
    Halloween Double Feature Screening
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA

    Halloween Double Feature Screening

    October 25, 2018
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 4 hours
    Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
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    Venice Island will present their annual double feature screening to get you in the mood for Halloween! Light refreshments will be available. Hocus Pocus will play 6 p.m., and The Thing will play at 8 p.m. 

    The event is free! See more information on the Facebook event
  • Oct
    26
    Movie Night: presented by Councilman Bobby Henon
    8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Mayfair Community Center / Philadelphia Recreation Dept. / Mayfair CDC, 2901 Princeton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA

    Movie Night: presented by Councilman Bobby Henon

    October 26, 2018
    8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 3 hours
    Mayfair Community Center / Philadelphia Recreation Dept. / Mayfair CDC, 2901 Princeton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA
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    This summer, we’ve partnered with City Council members, Park Friends groups, Advisory Councils, police districts, and civic associations to present more than 40 free movie nights.This movie the following is presented by Councilman Bobby Henon.

    Movies starting approximately 15 minutes after sunset. In case of inclement weather, each movie night's rain date will be the following night unless otherwise noted.

    See all Parks and Rec movie nights.
  • Oct
    27
    Discovery Day
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Discovery Day

    October 27, 2018
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hours
    The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    Come out for this day of fun and interactive outdoor activities, team games and challenges, bird walks, a live bird presentation, arts and crafts, and a course demonstration by our aerial team. Learn more on the Facebook event.

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