COVID-19 information: The City has issued a Business Activity and Stay at Home Order. For the latest information, visit phila.gov/COVID-19. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
In effect: 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice

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

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1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Parks & Rec sites participate in “Philly Shines Blue”

The most iconic buildings and landmarks in Philadelphia will shine blue on World Health Day, Tuesday, April 7.

“Philly Shines Blue” will honor the heroic healthcare workers and first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Three dozen buildings from Center City to South Philadelphia will change their facade lights to blue. These include important Parks & Rec sites. The lightings will continue each Tuesday in April.
 
The Parkway Council initiated the lighting project in partnership with:

Participating Parks & Rec sites include:

Other sites interested in taking part should contact BOMA at info@bomaphila.com or 215-567-1775.

Parks & Rec to reopen four bridges in Wissahickon Valley Park

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has reopened four bridges in Wissahickon Valley Park. The bridges serve pedestrians and cyclists using the Wissahickon Valley Park multi-use path. Located near “Ten Box,” they connect the Forbidden Drive and Lincoln Drive sections of the path.
 
In late February, a vehicular accident damaged one of the bridges. The City of Philadelphia closed the bridge, made repairs, and determined it is now safe to use.
 
Parks & Rec will close and rehabilitate the four bridges later this year. A detour route will be posted before work begins. These plans were underway before the February vehicular accident.
 
Parks & Rec thanks residents for their patience while experts assessed the bridge’s condition.
 
If you go:
  • Remember that a Stay at Home Order is in effect.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, running, and cycling are permitted.
  • Follow social distancing rules (maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others).

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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Events

  • Apr
    24
    Philadelphia City Nature Challenge 2020
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia City Nature Challenge 2020

    April 24, 2020
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm, 4 days
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are competing in the City Nature Challenge again! Cities around the world will be competing against each other to see who can rack up the most observations, see the most species and get the most people out recording nature. We did pretty well last year and we want to do better this year. Check out the iNaturalist Project page at: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-greater-philadelphia-area For more info, visit our website: https://cncphilly.org https://www.facebook.com/events/1011512575876558/
  • Apr
    24
    Philadelphia City Nature Challenge 2020
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia City Nature Challenge 2020

    April 24, 2020
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm, 4 days
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    map
    Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are competing in the City Nature Challenge again! Cities around the world will be competing against each other to see who can rack up the most observations, see the most species and get the most people out recording nature. We did pretty well last year and we want to do better this year. Check out the iNaturalist Project page at: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-greater-philadelphia-area For more info, visit our website: https://cncphilly.org https://www.facebook.com/events/1011512575876558/
  • Apr
    25
    East Passyunk Community Center Craft Fair
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    1025 Mifflin St,

    East Passyunk Community Center Craft Fair

    April 25, 2020
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5 hours
    1025 Mifflin St,
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    Join EPCC Advisory Council for our 5th annual Craft Fair!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/202530037777012/

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