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
  • 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
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Register for the Boxers’ Trail 5K Walk/Run!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 14. Proceeds from the Boxers’ Trail 5K benefit East Fairmount Park and Mander Playground.

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Events

  • Aug
    22
    Mommy, Me and Nature: Butterfly Summer
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Mommy, Me and Nature: Butterfly Summer

    August 22, 2019
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Classes for children 2-5 years old with a caregiver. Join us for a walk through the meadow, a simple craft, games and more as we discover butterflies and other insects. Registration is Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/2229181197136117/
  • Aug
    22
    Free Fishing Meet-Ups at Walnut Street!
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Schuylkill Banks

    Free Fishing Meet-Ups at Walnut Street!

    August 22, 2019
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    Schuylkill Banks
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    Head down to the river, just south of the Walnut Street Bridge, on select Thursday evenings for free fishing! These meet-ups are great for anyone interested in learning more about the basics of fishing. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Gaun First Catch Center staff will bring fishing equipment and bait, but participants may also bring their own tackle. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This event is free, but please register in advance (using the ticket link), so there is enough fishing equipment for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/events/320311828654090/?event_time_id=320311848654088
  • Aug
    22
    Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Schuylkill Banks

    Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour

    August 22, 2019
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 1 hour
    Schuylkill Banks
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    Take a one-hour, fun and fact-filled guided tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia. https://www.facebook.com/events/1071682549704813/?event_time_id=1071682626371472

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