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
  • 272 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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Boathouse Row lightings

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? We’ve got you covered!

  • April 1, 9, 11, 25, 30: Teal sponsored by Women Organized Against Rape
  • April 3: Blue to support the Philadelphia Police Department’s annual Night In Blue
  • April 7: Purple sponsored by Marsy’s Law for PA
  • April 13: Purple for Sarcoidosis awareness
  • April 17: Red for World Hemophilia Day
  • April 27: Red sponsored by Salus University

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  • Apr
    Storytime at Ryerss Museum & Library
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Ryerss Museum & Library

    Storytime at Ryerss Museum & Library

    April 19, 2019
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Ryerss Museum & Library
    Storytime for children ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult. Stories, music, and crafts. This is a FREE event.
  • Apr
    Parks on Tap Opening Week at Azalea Garden
    1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    The Azalea Garden

    Parks on Tap Opening Week at Azalea Garden

    April 24, 2019
    1:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 9 hours
    The Azalea Garden
    PARKS ON TAP KICKS OFF THE 2019 SEASON AT THE AZALEA GARDEN! HOURS: WEDNESDAY *1 - 10PM THURSDAY 5-10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1- 11PM SUNDAY 12 - 10 PM *note extended hours for Opening Day ABOUT: The Azalea Garden is located between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The fan-shaped garden boasts various annuals and perennials such as daffodils, irises, crocuses, and tulips, as well as hosting over 150 species of azaleas and rhododendrons. The park has been the setting for countless wedding ceremonies and now serves as a relaxing spot for an afternoon of enjoying a few drinks with friends and family at Parks on Tap. -- Use your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID and receive $1 off your first drink at any Parks on Tap Location! -- EVENTS: Join Roots2Rise every Thursday from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day. WALKING AND BIKING For easy and convenient directions, check out Azalea Garden on GoPhillyGo at PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Accessible via SEPTA bus route 38 and route 43 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art PARKING: Limited parking available at the Waterworks Drive parking lot off of Kelly Drive. Paid parking available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art garage off of Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.
  • Apr
    Join the Philadelphia City Nature Challenge
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Join the Philadelphia City Nature Challenge

    April 26, 2019
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 4 days
    Compete against cities from across the country to see who can find the most species in their regions. If you are interested in contributing and helping Philly win, download the iNaturalist app (or visit the website below) and start documenting the wildlife in your area. Learn more and register here: