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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, each other, and fun things to do and see.

Our dedicated staff help manage:

  • Parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and pools.
  • Permits for picnics, sports fields, and important venues.
  • Creative and inclusive programs.
  • Signature city events and important historic and cultural sites.
  • Trees in parks and along the public right of way.
  • Capital and natural lands projects.
  • Recreation paths, trails, and boat launches.
  • Community gardens, farms, and orchards.
  • Special venues such as:
    • Environmental education centers.
    • The Dell Music Center.
    • Ice skating rinks and golf courses.


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10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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  • May
    Moonset-Sunrise Hike at Champions Playground
    5:00 am to 6:00 am
    Champions Park Playground, 910 Tustin St, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Moonset-Sunrise Hike at Champions Playground

    May 23, 2024
    5:00 am to 6:00 am, 1 hour
    Champions Park Playground, 910 Tustin St, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA


    Moonset-Sunrise Hike at Champions Playground
    R May 23 | 5 a.m.

    Join us at Champions Park Playground (910 Tustin Rd 19111) .

    Only during the full moon will the moon will set about the same time the sun rises, giving us a glimpse at their brief meeting. Adults & Teens Only. PJs and sneakers are acceptable attire. *We cannot predict nature's display of light or clouds, so we cannot guarantee a clear view, or any view of the full moon. You can however expect a beautiful evening in nature. *

    Outdoors, almost all weather.

    ~1-mile hike on uneven, rocky trails in the dark.

    Adults & Teens. Free.

    Questions? or 215.685.0470.

    PLEASE NOTE: We cannot predict the appearances of specific wildlife, full moon, etc., however, you can expect a beautiful hike in nature. These are all-weather, outdoor program. Please dress for the weather and hiking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven.

  • May
    Migration Madness Wissahickon
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Migration Madness Wissahickon

    May 24, 2024
    10:00 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours

    Migration Madness Walks

    Different Locations in Wissahickon Park

    Fridays at 10 am

    We will meet you at different locations in the Park and search for the many birds arriving or traveling through after the long winter.

    April 26- Harper’s Meadow, meet at Cedar’s House

    May 3- Valley Green Inn

    May 10- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave

    May 17- Houston Meadow, meet at Houston Playground

    May 24- Saul Agricultural Fields, meet at Scout House, Wigard and Henry Ave

    May 31- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave

  • May
    Meet a Medic event
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    JFK Plaza (Love Park), Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Meet a Medic event

    May 24, 2024
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2 hours
    JFK Plaza (Love Park), Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
    In recognition of EMS Week, which is May 19-May 25, the Philadelphia Fire Department presents their “Meet a Medic” event at Love Park! Come out to see some of our City's first responders!