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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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Boathouse Row Lightings: May 2022

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:

5/6/2022 Green Go Public Gardens Days Recognition
5/9/2022 Teal American Lung Association
5/12/2022 Pink
Neurofibromatosis and pediatric high blood pressure awareness
5/16/2022 Green Art in the Open
5/17/2022 Blue Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

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  • May
    Greenhouse Yoga at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
    11:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Fairmount Park Horticultural Center

    Greenhouse Yoga at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

    May 22, 2022
    11:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1 hour
    Fairmount Park Horticultural Center
    Escape the winter blues with an all-levels vinyasa yoga class held inside the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center's greenhouse! These all-levels classes take place Sundays from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and will be led by a rotation of experienced teachers from Tula Yoga.

    TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can: $10, $15, or $20

    COVID-19 are in effect, please make safe decisions if you're feeling ill. Follow the link below for more key information on our Facebook page.
  • May
    Art in the Park
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Pleasant Hill Park

    Art in the Park

    May 22, 2022
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours
    Pleasant Hill Park
    Join Riverfront North Partnership and Art Xpressionz for our Art in the Park series – This month’s theme: Abstract Art for Kids. This program will be a great opportunity for children to connect with nature and art. Children will need a parent/guardian there to assist. Participants must register. This program is free for the first 20 participants that register. Please get a ticket for each child participating. More info:

    For possible future updates, check the event Facebook page:
  • May
    Meadow Exploration
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Meadow Exploration

    May 24, 2022
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Explore the meadow to find insects,
    birds, and flowers that make inhabit
    it. Use sweep nets to catch and identify insects. (Our Home School/Out of School Time programs occur twice weekly.)

    For more information or possible future updates, check the event Facebook page: