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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Register for Love Your Park Fall Service Day!

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!

Register to volunteer

Boathouse Row lighting schedule

  • October 1, 2, 11, 12 & 13: Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October 3 & 15: Red and white for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
  • October 17 & 18: Blue for the opening of the Philadelphia 76ers season

Request for Proposals: 22nd & Winter streets building lease

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:

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  • Oct
    Rebuild Oversight Board Public Meeting
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Rebuild Oversight Board Public Meeting

    October 18, 2018
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    The Rebuild Oversight Board's charge is to monitor Rebuild’s progress and make recommendations for the program’s implementation to ensure that Rebuild is achieving its goals. The board is made up of City officials, subject matter experts, and community leaders.

    The public is welcome to attend the Oversight Board’s next meeting on October 18.

    Learn more about the Rebuild Oversight board
  • Oct
    Thirsty Thursday: Pig Roast
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Cosmic Café, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

    Thirsty Thursday: Pig Roast

    October 18, 2018
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 4 hours
    Cosmic Café, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
    Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall now has Thirsty Thursdays, through October! Enjoy local cider, beer, wine, and spirits by the river with weekly specials and live music. On October 18, the Thirsty Thursday will have a pig roast!
  • Oct
    Movie Night: The Incredibles
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Starr Garden Playground, 600-44 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Movie Night: The Incredibles

    October 19, 2018
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 3 hours
    Starr Garden Playground, 600-44 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    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.