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
The Fund for Philadelphia, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is seeking consultant services to create the first comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan for Philadelphia. Funding for this Plan is provided by the William Penn Foundation. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the Fund for Philadelphia website: http://www.mayorsfundphila.org/rfp-urban-ag-plan/.
Read about Philadelphia parks and playgrounds named after influential women, the beginning of Rebuild, and an invasive pest that makes great pesto. Plus upcoming events, job opportunities, and more in the March 2019 Parks & Rec newsletter issue.
Mar23EventPaper Kite Building Workshop1:00 pm to 2:30 pmWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USAEvent
Paper Kite Building WorkshopMarch 23, 20191:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hoursWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USAmapCelebrate spring by making and flying a kite! After creating your kite from recycled materials, we’ll go to Andorra Meadow to try them out!
Registration required for this free event. Registration opens one month prior to program. Learn more on the Facebook event.
Mar26EventStories in the Greenhouse10:30 am to 11:00 amFairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USAEvent
Stories in the GreenhouseMarch 26, 201910:30 am to 11:00 am, 30 minsFairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USAmapA nature-themed read aloud for ages 3-5.
Mar30EventDiscovery Day10:00 am to 3:00 pmThe Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAEvent
Discovery DayMarch 30, 201910:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5 hoursThe Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAmapCome learn and explore the wonders of migration here at The Discover Center!
Arts and crafts for kids of all ages, including how to make your own binoculars.
Guided Bird Walks:
11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.
Discovery Days are a monthly free, community-based program.