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
  • 5 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Cobbs Creek Golf Course to close for renovations

The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation will manage the restoration project. The renovations will take up to three years.
When Cobbs Creek Golf Course opened in 1916, it was one of the finest public courses in the United State. The project will:
  • Restore the course to its original, historic design.
  • Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
  • Create a youth-based community education program. 
While the course is closed, please visit another of Parks & Rec’s golf courses:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive closed to vehicular traffic

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is closed to vehicles until further notice.

The closure:

  • 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.
The City of Philadelphia encourages residents to stay indoors as much as possible. Under current restrictions, parks and trails remain open.
Residents who visit outdoor spaces to recreate should:
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after visiting.

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  • Nov
    Wednesday Stewardship with David Bower
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Wednesday Stewardship with David Bower

    November 25, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Would 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! Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at
  • Nov
    Lunch Walks
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Lunch Walks

    November 25, 2020
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Birds, flowers, trees, insects, mammals, frogs, what's your pleasure? Meet us for lunch walks on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon. Please email or call 215-685-1900 to RSVP
  • Nov
    TaiChi& QiGong Class
    12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    TaiChi& QiGong Class

    November 25, 2020
    12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, 45 mins
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Join 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, space is limited.