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
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Nov
    21
    Fall Thursday Treks
    6:30 am to 7:30 am
    Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Fall Thursday Treks

    November 21, 2019
    6:30 am to 7:30 am, 1 hour
    Wissahickon Environmental Center
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    Join us at the Tree House Thursday mornings for a different hike each week throughout the Andorra Natural Area and beyond. All Weather - Dress for the forecasted weather at 7:30 a.m. FREE. All ages, skill levels, and paces welcome. We split into two groups- Moderate Pace & Education Pace. No registration necessary. Just meet us at the Tree House 7:20-7:29. We leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. Check Facebook Wednesdays for route and distance or email us with questions. TICK CHECK upon return and everyday after nature play. Changes and updates will be posted on Facebook. Check Facebook or contact us at wec@phila.gov or 215.685.9285 before coming out Thursday mornings. https://www.facebook.com/events/535190487219700/
  • Nov
    21
    Volunteer Event: Weekly Trail Service
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Friends of the Wissahickon

    Volunteer Event: Weekly Trail Service

    November 21, 2019
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 3 hours
    Friends of the Wissahickon
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    Join FOW on Thursday for a morning of trail maintenance in the park! Work will consist of regular trail maintenance projects including repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing sstonework narrowing widened trails, and emergency trail repairs. Meeting locations vary by week. Check out our Upcoming Service Days page for more information and to register. See link below. https://www.facebook.com/events/267573737472040/?event_time_id=267573860805361
  • Nov
    21
    Thursday Tots: What Animals Eat
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Thursday Tots: What Animals Eat

    November 21, 2019
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour
    Wissahickon Environmental Center
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    Thursday Tots November 21 What Animals Eat Tots will explore the food web and what different animals at the Tree House and in the wild like to eat. Bring your little one for an hour of discovery at the Tree House. Each month we will explore a new topic that celebrates the season. Ages 3-5 | Parents stay with their child. $5.00 per child per lesson to be paid on arrival. Registration required and will open 2 weeks prior to program. Next: December 12 Little Lights https://www.facebook.com/events/2493291610903949/

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