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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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Parks & Rec Permits Update: Summer 2021

Parks & Rec is accepting permits for most activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities.  

Effective immediately, COVID-19 action plans are no longer required as part of the event permit process. This is based on the latest guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health. 



Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.

  • Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
  • Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.

➡️ Get a picnic permit.

Friends and community group events

Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.  

➡️ Get a Friends and community group event permit

Outdoor recreation and athletics

Parks & Rec fields and courts offer space for group activities. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field.

  • All sports are allowed outdoors.
  • Fields are available for permitted use.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Special events

Any gathering of 100 people or more held at a Parks & Rec site requires a special events permit.

  • These events may require portable toilets, signage, sound systems, and/or city services.
  • Special events include:
    • Public and private events.
    • Festivals.
    • Large athletic events.

          ➡️ Get a permit for a large event for festival.


Media projects including videos, photos, and film

➡️ Use this form to apply for a permit to film or take still photos on Parks & Rec property.


Indoor recreation and athletics.

Parks & Rec facilities are open for group recreation and athletics. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field for group activity.

  • All sports are allowed indoors.
  • Be sure to follow posted mask guidance.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Boathouse Row Lightings: June-July 2021

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:


 June 4  Orange  National Gun Violence Awareness
 June 5  Teal  Scleroderma awareness
 June 7-8  LGBT flag  LGBT Pride Awareness
 June 9-11  Blue and gold  Drexel University
 June 12  Blue and gold  Philadelphia School District –     Senior Class of 2021
 June 13, 14    and 16-18  Red, black & green  Juneteenth
 June 15  Red  Variety Club
 June 19  Red  Sickle Cell Awareness
 June 22  Blue  Philadelphia Police Foundation
 July 1-4  Red, white & blue  Wawa Welcome America and the 4th of July
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  • Jun
    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Frankford Boat Ramp

    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp

    June 24, 2021
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Frankford Boat Ramp
    Learn how to catch one of the many fish species found in the tidal Delaware River. Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. We have rods to loan out and worms for bait. You are welcome to bring your own rod. No fishing license necessary; state license requirements are waived for these events. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers. MEET BY THE RAMP within the park. Take the access road just south of Dietz and Watson and follow it to the river. When you hit the river, turn left and you'll see us! **Due to social distancing requirements, everyone MUST pre-register: Participants will be capped at 25 people. Masks required. CDC guidelines will be followed. This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners
  • Jun
    Bug Walk
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    Bug Walk

    June 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack On The Delaware
    Take a walk in the park with bug experts from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion and learn about all of the bugs living along the river. All ages welcome to this free event!
  • Jun
    Moonlight Kayak Tours
    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
    Schuylkill Banks

    Moonlight Kayak Tours

    June 26, 2021
    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, 2 hours
    Schuylkill Banks
    Explore the tidal Schuylkill River on a kayak at night! Hidden River Outfitters leads this professionally guided tour of the tidal Schuylkill which includes equipment rental, instructions on how to paddle and safely operate the kayak, and a little over an hour out on the river. The tour departs from and returns to the Walnut Street Dock. Kayaking on the tidal Schuylkill requires moderate exertion.

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