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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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Parks & Rec Permits Update: Summer 2021

Parks & Rec is accepting permits for most activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities.  

Effective immediately, COVID-19 action plans are no longer required as part of the event permit process. This is based on the latest guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health. 



Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.

  • Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
  • Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.

➡️ Get a picnic permit.

Friends and community group events

Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.  

➡️ Get a Friends and community group event permit

Outdoor recreation and athletics

Parks & Rec fields and courts offer space for group activities. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field.

  • All sports are allowed outdoors.
  • Fields are available for permitted use.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Special events

Any gathering of 100 people or more held at a Parks & Rec site requires a special events permit.

  • These events may require portable toilets, signage, sound systems, and/or city services.
  • Special events include:
    • Public and private events.
    • Festivals.
    • Large athletic events.

          ➡️ Get a permit for a large event for festival.


Media projects including videos, photos, and film

➡️ Use this form to apply for a permit to film or take still photos on Parks & Rec property.


Indoor recreation and athletics.

Parks & Rec facilities are open for group recreation and athletics. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field for group activity.

  • All sports are allowed indoors.
  • Be sure to follow posted mask guidance.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

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  • Jul
    Leave No Trace: History of the Wissahickon Guided Walk
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Leave No Trace: History of the Wissahickon Guided Walk

    July 23, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    As part of this summer's Leave No Trace Hot Spot, learn about the industrial history of the Wissahickon Creek from FOW Instagram Coordinator (and part-time historian) Brad Maule – and how the need to protect Philadelphia’s water supply from pollution created Wissahickon Valley Park! Register for the event:
  • Jul
    Leave No Trace Quizzo and Trash Smash Opening Ceremony
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Leave No Trace Quizzo and Trash Smash Opening Ceremony

    July 23, 2021
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 1 hour
    We’ll be kicking off the Leave No Trace Hotspot this evening with Quizzo – and the opening ceremonies for the FOW Trash Smash World Championship! Bring your friends and brush up on your knowledge of Leave No Trace principles (and Wissahickon-related trivia) to win at Quizzo... and if you’re feeling like some cleanup competition, sign up your team for Trash Smash at by Wednesday, July 21! Grab a drink, get comfortable with a laptop (or smartphone), and join the program via Zoom. Register for the virtual event here:
  • Jul
    Storytelling Campfire
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Storytelling Campfire

    July 23, 2021
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Join us for an evening of stories with Pete by the campfire. Registration required.