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.
November 27th, 2023
On Tuesday, November 28th, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) will remove the installation that went up in Clark Park on October 28th, 2023. The date of the removal, originally scheduled for Monday, November 27th, was extended due to the holiday weekend.
The memorial in Clark Park has remained on public property for more than 15 days and now exceeds PPR’s policy regarding temporary memorials and displays. The City realizes that temporary memorials and displays in public spaces are often a response to a sensitive situation, and seeks to be respectful in any action taken with regard to the placement, relocation, or removal of such displays. PPR has been unable to contact the organization and/or individuals responsible for this display to discuss the removal. Individuals or organizations claiming responsibility for the display may retrieve any content from the display prior to its removal by PPR.
PPR and the City of Philadelphia are committed to the consideration of and care for every community in our region that may be experiencing pain and trauma due to the conflict in the Middle East. The City offers support and resources to help anyone struggling in the face of these events. We encourage local residents who are in need of support amidst the current violence in Israel and Gaza to make use of the City and partner resources available to them.
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