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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Read about upcoming events, job opportunities, new programs, and more in the January 10, 2019 Parks & Rec newsletter issue.

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  • Jan
    MLK Day of Service
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    MLK Day of Service

    January 21, 2019
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Many Parks & Recreation locations all over the city are participating in the MLK Day of Service and hosting volunteer events. Find a site on
  • Jan
    Cold Winters Night Hike
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115

    Cold Winters Night Hike

    January 22, 2019
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115
    Pennypack Environmental Center is hosting a full moon hike through the nature sanctuary to discover what is going on in the woods this winter season. This program is geared towards adults but children are welcome. RSVP on the Facebook event.
  • Feb
    Broad Street Run Lottery opens
    All Day

    Broad Street Run Lottery opens

    February 1, 2019
    All Day
    The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a great running milestone to cross of your list! If you're thinking about registering, you have until February 1 to decide. The lottery opens at