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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, 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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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Boathouse Row Lightings: June-July 2021

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:


 June 4  Orange  National Gun Violence Awareness
 June 5  Teal  Scleroderma awareness
 June 7-8  LGBT flag  LGBT Pride Awareness
 June 9-11  Blue and gold  Drexel University
 June 12  Blue and gold  Philadelphia School District –     Senior Class of 2021
 June 13, 14    and 16-18  Red, black & green  Juneteenth
 June 15  Red  Variety Club
 June 19  Red  Sickle Cell Awareness
 June 22  Blue  Philadelphia Police Foundation
 July 1-4  Red, white & blue  Wawa Welcome America and the 4th of July

Parks & Rec announces FDR Park access changes through June 18

From June 5 to June 13, FDR Park in South Philadelphia will host the Philadelphia Flower Show. During this time: 

  • The show is expected to have thousands of visitors. 
  • Most park amenities will remain open. This includes the bicycle lane, walking paths, tennis courts, athletic fields, skate park, and playground. 

To accommodate all visitors, Parks & Rec will change the flow of traffic in the park from June 1 through June 18.  

Park users  

If you would like to visit the park during this time, please:  

  • Visit the park early in the day.
  • Consider walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation.  

FDR Park is easily reached by public transportation: 

If you must drive to FDR Park between June 1 and June 18:  

  • Parking will be extremely limited.  
  • Managed parking will be available under I-95 at the southern end of the park. 

Traffic flow changes: 

  • Enter the park using the entrance on Pattison Avenue near Broad Street. 
  • All traffic will be directed to turn LEFT once inside the park.
  • Traffic flow in the park will be reversed. This means you will travel through the park in a clockwise direction. This is the opposite of the usual flow.
  • Exit the park at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue. 

View a map of the revised traffic flow. 

Parks & Rec is accepting applications for PlayStreets supervisors

Parks & Rec is now accepting applications for PlayStreets supervisors! This volunteer-led summer meal program is a great way to bring healthy food and safe recreation to children on your block.
To be considered for PlayStreets, you must:
  • Live on a small, one-way street.
  • Take part in the summer food program.
  • Open and close the street to traffic each weekday.
  • Have less than 25 percent of residents submit an objection to the creation of the PlayStreet

Parks & Rec’s Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks.

Learn more and apply to host a PlayStreet today.

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  • Jun
    Park Cleanup - Pennypack on the Delaware
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    Park Cleanup - Pennypack on the Delaware

    June 19, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack On The Delaware
    Volunteers Needed! Join us on 3rd Saturdays to help clean and green Pennypack on the Delaware Park! Tasks will vary each month and include tending to newly planted trees, trail maintenance, plantings, shoreline trash cleanup, invasive species removal and more! Register via our google form: . All ages and abilities welcome. CDC Guidelines will be followed.
  • Jun
    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Frankford Boat Ramp

    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp

    June 24, 2021
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Frankford Boat Ramp
    Learn how to catch one of the many fish species found in the tidal Delaware River. Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. We have rods to loan out and worms for bait. You are welcome to bring your own rod. No fishing license necessary; state license requirements are waived for these events. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers. MEET BY THE RAMP within the park. Take the access road just south of Dietz and Watson and follow it to the river. When you hit the river, turn left and you'll see us! **Due to social distancing requirements, everyone MUST pre-register: Participants will be capped at 25 people. Masks required. CDC guidelines will be followed. This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners
  • Jun
    Bug Walk
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    Bug Walk

    June 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack On The Delaware
    Take a walk in the park with bug experts from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion and learn about all of the bugs living along the river. All ages welcome to this free event!

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