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
Effective December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, the following areas of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system will be closed daily from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- Bartram’s Garden
- Cobbs Creek Park
- East and West Fairmount Park
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park
- Poquessing Creek Park
- Pennypack Park
- Tacony Creek Park
- Wissahickon Valley Park
All trails, parking lots, and other areas in these parks will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian, and vehicular traffic. The curfew will ensure public safety while deer control activities are conducted. Otherwise, City parks are open from dawn to dusk.
State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
Jan20EventFDR Park in 202212:00 pm to 1:00 pmEvent
FDR Park in 2022January 20, 202212:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hourJoin us for a Virtual Open House to learn about the improvement projects, programs, and volunteer events planned for the coming year in FDR Park. Meet staff from Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation who oversee the maintenance, projects and programs in this park. The session will be in Zoom’s webinar format and will be recorded for later viewing. https://www.facebook.com/events/248939433974710/
Jan20EventHiberation Walk & Talk1:00 pm to 2:30 pmCobbs Creek Community Environmental CenterEvent
Hiberation Walk & TalkJanuary 20, 20221:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hoursCobbs Creek Community Environmental CentermapIt’s cold and dark. Do you wish you could go to sleep and wake up once it’s warm and sunny again? Learn how lots of our animal neighbors do just that, hibernating and brumating until spring. Please RSVP on Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of our Home School series. https://www.facebook.com/events/1261464230994388/?event_time_id=1261464237661054
Jan20EventProject Feeder Watch1:00 pm to 2:30 pmCobbs Creek Community Environmental CenterEvent
Project Feeder WatchJanuary 20, 20221:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hoursCobbs Creek Community Environmental CentermapLearn about how to take part in the Project Feeder Watch citizen science program as we also observe birds at our feeders and discuss the best foods for our feathered friends. Please RSVP on Facebook, or at email@example.com. Part of our Home School series and Early Dismissal programs. https://www.facebook.com/events/221436526733902/?event_time_id=221469176730637