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
The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.
Restore the course to its original, historic design.
Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
Create a youth-based community education program.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is closed to vehicles until further notice.
- Stretches from East Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval.
- Will be in place 24 hours a day.
- Will allow for greater social distancing among trail users.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after visiting.
Nov25EventWednesday Stewardship with David Bower9:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Wednesday Stewardship with David BowerNovember 25, 20209:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursWould you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park beautiful and sustainable? Then join long-time steward of the Wissahickon and the FOW Volunteer of the Year (2019), David Bower, on a variety of stewardship projects on Wednesday mornings! Locations and tasks will vary week to week, and may include trash clean-ups, trail improvements, invasive plant removal, graffiti removal, and general park beautification. David’s many years of experience in the Wissahickon means you’ll learn a lot about the valley while also making a positive impact on it. Registration is required for this event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. You can sign up for the service day at https://fow.org/events! Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/events/398629477825675/?event_time_id=398629497825673
Nov25EventLunch Walks12:00 pm to 1:00 pmCobbs Creek Community Environmental CenterEvent
Lunch WalksNovember 25, 202012:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hourCobbs Creek Community Environmental CentermapBirds, flowers, trees, insects, mammals, frogs, what's your pleasure? Meet us for lunch walks on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-685-1900 to RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/720518858498519/?event_time_id=720518911831847
Nov25EventTaiChi& QiGong Class12:30 pm to 1:15 pmPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
TaiChi& QiGong ClassNovember 25, 202012:30 pm to 1:15 pm, 45 minsPennypack Environmental CentermapJoin us for these new classes each Wednesday at Pennypack Environmental Center now thru December with Pat Cairo. We will meet at the Verree House. This is a donation based class for all adults, seniors and children 13 years and older. $5.00 Donation suggested. Registration suggested by emailing PEC@phila.gov, space is limited. https://www.facebook.com/events/420166299381641/?event_time_id=420937312637873