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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Announcements

Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park to close temporarily

The City of Philadelphia has announced that beginning this Saturday, August 18, 2018, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, 2018, the Devil’s Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park will be closed to all public recreational use.

As part of this closure, the Orange Trail and White Trail entrances to the Devil’s Pool site will be closed at both Livezey Lane and at Valley Green Road to ensure that no pedestrian, equestrian, or bicycle access is available to this area. All other trails, parking lots, recreational areas, and amenities throughout the Wissahickon Valley will remain open on these days.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is implementing this temporary closure to ensure public safety. The Philadelphia Police Department and Parks & Rec Rangers will ensure public compliance with the restriction of the trails accessing this area of the Wissahickon Valley.

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Events

  • Aug
    19
    Fairmount Park Trolley Historic Hike
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion, 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Fairmount Park Trolley Historic Hike

    August 19, 2018
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 3 hours
    Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion, 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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    Explore the physical remains of the now-hidden Fairmount Park Trolley network, including massive stone tunnels and bridge abutments, along this 4 mile loop hike. The hike will be led by former Fairmount Park Conservancy Project Manager, Chris Dougherty.

    Register for the event on FPC.org - $10 for non-members, free for members! 
  • Aug
    21
    Last Music in the Park at Bardascino Park
    7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
    Bardascino Park, 1000 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Last Music in the Park at Bardascino Park

    August 21, 2018
    7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, 4 hours
    Bardascino Park, 1000 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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    Bring some chairs and drinks for an evening of free live music in South Philly’s Bardascino Park! Music in the Park is sponsored by the Friends of Bardascino Park with a grant from the Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Council.


    Check back on their Facebook page for future updates.
  • Aug
    23
    ZydecoaGoGo at Gorgas Park
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA

    ZydecoaGoGo at Gorgas Park

    August 23, 2018
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hours
    Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
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    Gorgas Park features a packed schedule of music this summer, so bring some chairs or a blanket and come on out for a fun night of live music! On Thursdya, August 23, come out for a fun performance from ZydecoaGoGo Band. 

    RSVP and see updates on the Facebook event

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