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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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Recreational Boating Advisory

Parks & Rec is urging extreme caution for any recreational activity on or along the Schuylkill River while storm damage assessment continues.
River users are reminded that:
  • 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.
The storm damaged an emergency safety cable that helps prevent recreational boaters or kayakers from accidentally going over the Fairmount Dam. This recreational river advisory will remain in place until the safety line has been replaced.


Manayunk Canal Towpath closure and detour

Due to storm damage from Hurricane Ida, the Manayunk Canal Towpath is currently closed. The Towpath is the section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue. 

These entrances to the Towpath are closed until further notice for trail assessment and repairs:
  • Lock Street
  • Rector Street
  • Cotton Street
  • Carson Street
  • Green Lane
  • Leverington Street
  • Fountain Street
  • Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue

While the Towpath is closed, trail users are encouraged to use Shawmont Avenue, Umbria Avenue, Leverington Avenue, and Main Street in Manayunk as a detour. View a map of this on-street detour.

Parks & Rec continues to assess storm damage and flooding impacts from Hurricane Ida. Trail users should: 

  • Use extreme caution on all trails, parks, and playgrounds. 
  • Report storm damage on parkland to 311.

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  • Sep
    Paint & Sip: Welcome Autumn Leaves
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Bartram's Garden

    Paint & Sip: Welcome Autumn Leaves

    September 20, 2021
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    Bartram's Garden
    Enjoy Nature’s artistry as you get to know the unique shapes sported by the leaves of our very special Bartram trees. Get to know some local leaves and include them in a hand painted design of your own creation while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of an outdoor BYO Paint & Sip. $15 Member/$20 Non-member $2 SW Neighbors/ACCESS Cardholders Workshop takes place outdoors & socially-distanced. Registration is limited.
  • Sep
    Animal Tracks and Signs (Weekly Home School Programs)
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Animal Tracks and Signs (Weekly Home School Programs)

    September 21, 2021
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm, 3 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Take a walk as we search for signs of animals both large and small. Look for holes, tracks, trails, nests, and more. If we find a track, we will make a plaster cast of it.
  • Sep
    Science for Seniors
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Science for Seniors

    September 21, 2021
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Seniors can join Pete for an edible and useful plants walk in the park.