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 Manayunk Canal Towpath will begin reopening on October 15, 2021. This section of the Schuylkill River Trail, between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue, was temporarily closed for repair due to damage from Hurricane Ida.
The following entrances to the Towpath will begin re-opening to the public on October 15.
- Lock Street
- Rector Street
- Cotton Street
- Carson Street
- Green Lane
- Leverington Street
- Fountain Street
- Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue
By October 16, trail users will have full access to the towpath.
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|DATES||COLOR(S)||CAUSE OR ORGANIZATION|
|10/2/2021||Blue||Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk|
|10/11/2021||Purple||Indigenous Peoples’ Day|
|10/12/2021||Pink||Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/13/2021||Green, pink, and blue.||Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/19/2021||Pink||Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/23/2021||Red||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “ Light the Night” Walk|
|10/25/2021||Red||DEA Red Ribbon Week|
State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
Oct22EventDay of the Dead Altar at LOVE Park10:00 am to 8:00 pmLove Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAEvent
Day of the Dead Altar at LOVE ParkOctober 22, 202110:00 am to 8:00 pm, 3 weeksLove Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAmapDía de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a tradition celebrated in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of each November. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and honor their memory. Come celebrate at Love Park with an altar created by Mexican artist Cesar Viveros.
PPR - Dia de los Muertos Link
Oct23EventMorning Bird Walk with Will8:00 am to 11:00 amPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
Morning Bird Walk with WillOctober 23, 20218:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hoursPennypack Environmental CentermapJoin Will for the end of migration bird walk . https://www.facebook.com/events/323266029586552/
Oct23EventTree Planting in Tacony Creek Park9:00 am to 12:00 pmBingham St and E Ruscomb St Philadelphia, PA 19120Event
Tree Planting in Tacony Creek ParkOctober 23, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursBingham St and E Ruscomb St Philadelphia, PA 19120mapHelp preserve restore the forests of Tacony Creek Park! Join Fairmount Park Conservancy for a tree planting in this beautiful watershed park in lower Northeast Philadelphia. ADDRESS: Bingham St & E Ruscomb St, Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120 (link) This fall, Fairmount Park Conservancy is planting 1,250 trees in parks across Philadelphia, including over 550 in Tacony Creek Park. Project leaders will be on site to guide the work. No experience necessary! Beginners welcome. All tools and materials will be provided, including work gloves (though you’re welcome to bring your own). Please note, restrooms are not available at this location and volunteers should bring plenty of water for themselves. Remember to bring a mask, and to stay home if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days. This event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or thunder. https://www.facebook.com/events/553020619331150/