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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, each other, and fun things to do and see.

Our dedicated staff help manage:

  • Parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and pools.
  • Permits for picnics, sports fields, and important venues.
  • Creative and inclusive programs.
  • Signature city events and important historic and cultural sites.
  • Trees in parks and along the public right of way.
  • Capital and natural lands projects.
  • Recreation paths, trails, and boat launches.
  • Community gardens, farms, and orchards.
  • Special venues such as:
    • Environmental education centers.
    • The Dell Music Center.
    • Ice skating rinks and golf courses.

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Feb
    27
    Science for Seniors: Maple Trees & Treats
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Science for Seniors: Maple Trees & Treats

    February 27, 2024
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Join us each month for a new adventure in natural sciences. Feb 27 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Older Adults. | FREE. Join the journey of maple syrup from tree to table. Location TBD. Either Pennypack or Fox Chase Farm. This is an outdoor program. Registration required at https://forms.gle/WB1TmHsm55Xc5KfL7 Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. This is an all-weather, outdoor program. Please dress for the weather and hiking. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information at phila.gov. TICK CHECK upon return and every day after nature play. Questions? Contact us at pec@phila.gov or 215.685.0470 https://www.facebook.com/events/7052910611494054/
  • Feb
    27
    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    February 27, 2024
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Come create a painting or drawing for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Junior Duck Stamp contest! Ages 6 to 18 are eligible. Entries must be based on an actual animal. Learn about waterfowl in the process. Nervous about drawing? Staff member teaching the contest has an art background and will guide you! Note: You will need 2 or 3 sessions to complete your work. Works will be judged by grade level in March at John Heinz NWR. Prizes are awarded for many categories. https://www.facebook.com/events/1534192730700654/?event_time_id=1534192737367320
  • Mar
    2
    Maple Sugar Day at Fox Chase Farm
    12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Fox Chase Farm

    Maple Sugar Day at Fox Chase Farm

    March 2, 2024
    12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 4 hours
    Fox Chase Farm
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    Join us for our annual Maple Sugar Day. Learn the process of maple sugaring, watch the making of maple candy, and sample pancakes with pure maple syrup. There will also be farm animals, crafts, games, and more! $5 Cash per person (2 years+). NO Registration Required. Stop by to join the fun. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information at phila.gov. TICK CHECK upon return and every day after nature play. Questions? Contact us at pec@phila.gov or NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO "TICKETS" TO THIS EVENT, AND ALL OTHERS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. WHEN SCAMERS POST FOR YOU TO MESSAGE THEM FOR THEY TICKETS, THEY ARE SCAMMING YOU. CONTACT US DIRECTLY WITH QUESTIONS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MONEY EXCHANGED FOR THE PROMISES OF NON-EXISTANT TICKETS. https://www.facebook.com/events/3357893211184863/

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