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
State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
Due to storm damage from Hurricane Ida, the Manayunk Canal Towpath is currently closed. The Towpath is the section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue.
- Lock Street
- Rector Street
- Cotton Street
- Carson Street
- Green Lane
- Leverington Street
- Fountain Street
- Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue
While the Towpath is closed, trail users are encouraged to use Shawmont Avenue, Umbria Avenue, Leverington Avenue, and Main Street in Manayunk as a detour. View a map of this on-street detour.
Parks & Rec continues to assess storm damage and flooding impacts from Hurricane Ida. Trail users should:
- Use extreme caution on all trails, parks, and playgrounds.
- Report storm damage on parkland to 311.
Sep18EventWest Fairmount Park Birdwatching Walk with Jason8:00 am to 10:00 amShofusoEvent
West Fairmount Park Birdwatching Walk with JasonSeptember 18, 20218:00 am to 10:00 am, 2 hoursShofusomapJoin science educator and passionate bird watcher Jason Hall for a friendly, all-ages bird watching walk around West Park. Jason is a scientist, photographer, animal lover, and community activist who is passionate about sharing the wonders of nature here in Philadelphia with others.
NOTE NEW LOCATION: We'll meet at the front entrance to Shofuso House & Garden, and then enter the Lansdowne Glen Trail towards the Pavilion in the Trees. The walk will follow the Lansdowne Creek - a protected body of water that serves as a popular “rest stop" on the highway for the spring / early summer migration of many spectacular species. You’ll be delighted by the diversity of winged creatures hidden in plain sight in West Park!
TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $10, $15, or $20
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info: https://bit.ly/3sEY55k ]
ATTENDEE INSTRUCTIONS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
– meet at 8:45, tour starts at 9 am sharp.
– BYOB – as in, please bring your own binoculars
– Appropriate for Adults and families with children ages 6 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
– Please dress according to weather conditions.
– Please bring your own water and snacks. (drinking water is not available in the park)
– There are no nearby bathrooms. Please plan accordingly
CAP / COVID PROTOCOL: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:
This event will be capped at 20 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event
Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event
If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.
POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.
PRESENTER(S) BIO: Jason Hall is a scientist and community-based science educator, photographer, #BlackBirder, dog lover, LGBTQ+ ally, political junky, and mixed family advocate. He has side business Waxwing Photography, which Jason calls “Philantography” since he uses photography to promote pet shelters and pet foster programs across southeastern Pennsylvania. It is simply combining the need for philanthropy with an enthusiasm for photography. If you’re interesteed in hiring Jason to support this cause for paws, please contact: email@example.com
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!
Sep18EventPark Cleanup - Frankford Boat Launch9:00 am to 11:00 amFrankford Boat RampEvent
Park Cleanup - Frankford Boat LaunchSeptember 18, 20219:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hoursFrankford Boat RampmapHelp clean and green this beloved community riverfront park. We'll be doing a shoreline cleanup, invasive species removal, plantings and more! Visit riverfrontnorth.org/volunteer for more info. CDC Guidelines will be followed. Due to the recent uptick in COVID cases, we encourage social distancing and masks. https://www.facebook.com/events/837404960266223/
Sep18EventWalk With a Doc - Hosted by WeWalk PHL9:00 am to 12:00 pmPennypack On The DelawareEvent
Walk With a Doc - Hosted by WeWalk PHLSeptember 18, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursPennypack On The DelawaremapWeWalk PHL is hosting "WALK WITH A DOC". Walkers will walk on our lovely park trail in Pennypack on the Delaware Park with a Doc who will answer questions regarding healthy living. We have scheduled the walk to begin at 9AM. Dr. Caitlin Azzo is the physician who will accompany our group. We hope you can join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/420469622739622/