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

  • Nov
    19
    Horses and History: An Afternoon at the Monastery Stables
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Monastery Stables, 3738, 1000 Kitchens Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

    Horses and History: An Afternoon at the Monastery Stables

    November 19, 2018
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Monastery Stables, 3738, 1000 Kitchens Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA
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    This will be an afternoon of horse people, horse history, and horses! Authors Dr. David Contosta and Dr. Nancy Peter will be leading discussions and signing books. There will be also be outdoor horse demonstrations, light refreshments, and a silent auction. For information & to RSVP email: Diane@GarveyResources.com. Learn more at www.monasterystables.org.
  • Nov
    19
    Commission Meeting
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Commission Meeting

    November 19, 2018
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
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    The Parks and Recreation Commission (PaRC) holds several public meetings a year in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Join PaRC for this autumn meeting. The Commission invites and encourages anyone interested in learning about what’s going on with the Commission and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to attend. Members of the public are encouraged sign up and speak directly to the Commission and Parks & Recreation staff on matters that interest them.
  • Nov
    22
    Fairmount Park Turkey Trot
    7:00 am to 11:00 am
    Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Fairmount Park Turkey Trot

    November 22, 2018
    7:00 am to 11:00 am, 4 hours
    Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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    Start your Thanksgiving out with a trot! The 28th Annual Fairmount Park Turkey Trot will include a 5-mile run that starts and finishes at Memorial Hall. All runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. 

    Register before November 9 to save $5! Visit www.runtheday.com to learn more.

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