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
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!
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:
Oct25EventHalloween Double Feature Screening6:00 pm to 10:00 pmVenice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USAEvent
Halloween Double Feature ScreeningOctober 25, 20186:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 4 hoursVenice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USAmapVenice 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.
Oct26EventMovie Night: presented by Councilman Bobby Henon8:00 pm to 11:00 pmMayfair Community Center / Philadelphia Recreation Dept. / Mayfair CDC, 2901 Princeton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USAEvent
Movie Night: presented by Councilman Bobby HenonOctober 26, 20188:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 3 hoursMayfair Community Center / Philadelphia Recreation Dept. / Mayfair CDC, 2901 Princeton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USAmap
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.
Oct27EventDiscovery Day11:00 am to 3:00 pmThe Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAEvent
Discovery DayOctober 27, 201811:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hoursThe Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAmapCome 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.