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
  • 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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Announcements

Spotted lanternfly: what it is and what can you do about it

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) has reached Philadelphia.
 
You may have heard about them on the news. Or perhaps you saw one in person and wondered, “What is that?” 
 
This invasive planthopper is a destructive pest native to China, India, and Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014. The insects threaten agricultural, timber, and ornamental industries. They also threaten trees in our parks and the plants in your backyard.
 
Penn State Extension, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) have joined forces to control and contain the spread of SLFRead more about their efforts.
 
What can you do?

1) If you find an SLF, kill it, and report it immediately:

2) Help stop the spread of the SLF:

For more information, see our 2018 post introducing the SLF and check out this update from this summer about local management efforts.

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Events

  • Sep
    22
    Full Body Workout Classes
    8:30 am to 9:30 am
    Glen Foerd on the Delaware

    Full Body Workout Classes

    September 22, 2019
    8:30 am to 9:30 am, 1 hour
    Glen Foerd on the Delaware
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    Join instructor Carolyn Breyer for a weekly sweat session at Glen Foerd. This hour long full body workout is open to all levels and ages. Class meets at the boat house behind the mansion. $12 per class, $10 students, $50 class card of 5. To check on class cancellations or to contact the instructor directly, please visit: https://lessons.com/pa/philadelphia/personal-training/be-fit-philly https://www.facebook.com/events/335047374061226/?event_time_id=335047427394554
  • Sep
    22
    Yoga on the Manayunk Bridge - Season #4
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Manayunk Bridge

    Yoga on the Manayunk Bridge - Season #4

    September 22, 2019
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    Manayunk Bridge
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    Spring is here. The weather is warming up. The 4th Season of Roots2Rise Yoga on the Manayunk Bridge begins Sunday May 19th! Join us Every Sunday from 10-11am for class on the Manayunk Bridge. $5 Suggested Donation and you can bask in the sun and views of beautiful Manayunk. As always, you can show up day of or you can save time and preregister. Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/412888085956392/?event_time_id=412888152623052
  • Sep
    22
    Parks on Tap: Pretzel Park
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Friends of Pretzel Park

    Parks on Tap: Pretzel Park

    September 22, 2019
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 10 hours
    Friends of Pretzel Park
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    HOURS: WED + THURS 5 - 10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1 - 11PM SUNDAY 12 - 10PM ABOUT: Pretzel Park is located in the heart of Manayunk at the corner of Cresson, Cotton and Silverwood Streets. With an unclear history of the park name, it is believed the name Pretzel Park came to be from the pretzel shape of the sidewalks. Since then, the pretzel shape has been recreated as a statue in the park after recent renovations which the Councilman funded. -- Use your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID and receive $1 off your first drink at any Parks on Tap Location! https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/163 -- EVENTS: Wed 9/18 | 5-7PM: Happy Hour with the Friends of Pretzel Park 50% of the proceeds will go to support Pretzel Park. Join Roots2Rise every Thursday from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day. WALKING AND BIKING For easy and convenient directions, check out Pretzel Park on GoPhillyGo at https://bit.ly/2GCWOsh PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Accessible via SEPTA regional rail Manayunk/Norristown Line at Manayunk. Also accessible via SEPTA bus route 9 at Ridge Av and Roxboro Av PARKING: Street parking FACEBOOK: Friends of Pretzel Park WEBSITE: WWW.FRIENDSOFPRETZELPARK.ORG https://www.facebook.com/events/375551683295327/?event_time_id=375551693295326

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