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
Join your local Park Friends Group to plant trees, rake leaves, and prepare our parks for winter. Volunteer registration for the fall service day on November 10 is now open!
Love Your Park is a biannual event that cleans, greens, and celebrates Philly’s parks, organized by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Park Friends Network.
With nearly 100 Park Friends Groups participating each season, it’s easy to find a park near you to clean up!
Learn more about this opportunity for the restoration and long-term lease of an historic Fairmount Park building located just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
Oct19EventMovie Night: The Incredibles7:00 pm to 10:00 pmStarr Garden Playground, 600-44 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAEvent
Movie Night: The IncrediblesOctober 19, 20187:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 3 hoursStarr Garden Playground, 600-44 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAmap
This summer, we’ve partnered with City Council members, Park Friends groups, Advisory Councils, police districts, and civic associations to present more than 40 free movie nights.
This movie is presented by the Starr Garden Advisory Council.
Movies starting approximately 15 minutes after sunset. In case of inclement weather, each movie night's rain date will be the following night unless otherwise noted.
See all Parks and Rec movie nights.
Oct20EventApplefest at Fox Chase Farm12:00 pm to 4:00 pmFriends of Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046, USAEvent
Applefest at Fox Chase FarmOctober 20, 201812:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 4 hoursFriends of Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046, USAmapEnjoy a day of cider pressing, along with apple butter making, hayrides, seasonal games, pumpkin painting, music, and more! Pumpkins, apples, apple butter, and cider will be for sale. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Learn more at foxchasefarm.org.
Oct20EventHalloween Hoedown12:00 pm to 2:00 pmPenn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAEvent
Halloween HoedownOctober 20, 201812:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hoursPenn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAmap
Join the Friends of Penn Treaty Park for their annual Halloween bash, sponsored by Penn Treaty Special Services District and Johnny's Hots. There will be a free pumpkin patch, Halloween games, prizes for best costumes, and spooky surprises.
Learn more or RSVP on the Facebook event.