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
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.
Friends and community group events
Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.
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.
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.
- Large athletic events.
Media projects including videos, photos, and film
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.
Jul25EventTrolley Trail Sound Healing Meditation8:30 am to 9:30 am3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia,PA 19131Event
Trolley Trail Sound Healing MeditationJuly 25, 20218:30 am to 9:30 am, 1 hour3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia,PA 19131mapJoin us for a one of a kind immersive experience with Bhumi, a sound healing meditation facilitator. Let the soothing sounds of nature meld with rhythmic echos of bowls, reverberating around the archaic stone arches of a Trolley Trail tunnel. Manage your stress, improve your wellbeing, and literally find your grounding on a historic Fairmount Park trail. Meditation bowls will sing sing from where clang clang once went the trolley! Please note: There will be a very short group hike (1/4 mile) along the Trolley Trail leaving from the Organic Recycling Center at 9 am. What is a Sound Bath? Essentially, a sound bath is a meditation class with ambient sound played by the instructor that aims to guide you into a deeper meditative state. Sound baths use siding bowls and other traditional instruments to play repetitive notes at different frequencies to help bring your focus away from your obsessive thoughts. Think of it as an improvised meditative “concert” in the unique setting that combines nature and built environment. TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $10, $15, or $20 ATTENDEE INSTRUCTIONS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: -Please wear sturdy shoes, comfy clothes, and dress according to weather conditions. -bring water and a snack -bring a small meditation cushion, patio chair cushion, old towel, or padded yoga mat that you don’t mind getting a little dirty and you can easily carry with you during the short hike to the location -There are no nearby bathrooms. Please plan accordingly -Appropriate for adults PARKING: there is plenty of free parking. From Ford Rd, enter Recycling Center Drive and pull on the shoulder. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! IMPORTANT: We will leave promptly at scheduled time (9 am). Please arrive at the departure location at least 5 minutes early. Latecomers will not be allowed to join after the group has departed. CAP / COVID PROTOCOL: COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols: This event will be capped at 18 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP. All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund. PRESENTER(S) BIO: Bhumi is a Creative Artist, Sound Healing Meditation Facilitator and Reiki Practitioner based in Philadelphia, PA. She discovered her passion for Holistic Healing while searching for ways to heal herself from various traumas experienced in her past. Being introduced to Reiki and Sound Healing was the catalyst that pivoted her in the right direction towards finding her soul path. She is a nature lover at heart and encourages participants to become grounded in nature through hiking, farming and outdoor meditation. It is her pleasure to provide safe spaces to cultivate healing for our community. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more! https://myphillypark.org/support/become-a-member/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1891921527642302/
Jul25EventEast Fairmount Park Bike Tour9:00 am to 12:00 pmLloyd HallEvent
East Fairmount Park Bike TourJuly 25, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursLloyd HallmapJoin experienced bike tour guide Graham Robb and John Sigmund (FPC’s Public Programs Coordinator) on all levels bike rides highlighting history, hidden gems and the stories of interesting places in East Fairmount Park. TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $20, $30, or $40 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: – This event is BYOB … as in, bring your own bike (and helmet!). No bike? No problem! We’re meeting right next to Wheel Fun Bike Rentals, where FPC members receive a discount – most of the ride is flat, however there will be some hilly sections – Everyone must wear a helmet at all times. Riders who arrive without a helmet will not be permitted to join the tour. -Appropriate for Adults and families with children ages 14 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult. -Please dress according to weather conditions. -Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park) -There are nearby bathrooms available before or after the tour (if absolutely necessary) COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols: -This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP. -Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event. -Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you’re in proximity to others. -If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: Light rain or shine. Rescheduled in the case of severe weather PRESENTER(S) BIO: Graham Robb is a “retired” lawyer who enjoys biking, hiking, gardening and learning anything new. When he is not officiating high school sports he volunteers much of his time with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity for whom he leads teams of volunteers on builds around the world. A life-long resident of Philadelphia, Graham is something of a history and genealogy buff – having traced his Philadelphia ancestors back to the 1680s – and loves sharing past and current stories about his favorite city. John Sigmund is the Public Programs Coordinator with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, drawing upon his experience as a community organizer, teaching artist, history lover, and urban park enthusiast. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he spent a decade living in Austin, San Antonio, and New York City, but made a happy homecoming to go back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. John has the proud distinction of actually living in Fairmount Park– he and his partner are resident caretakers and tour guides at Woodford Mansion, a National Historic Landmark (built 1756). It has been a truly life-changing opportunity that combines his passion for city history, gardening, community service, and the arts and antiques. The historic house world has also offered him a nearly impossible opportunity for his age– John is the Chair of the “Young Friends of Woodford.” Although Woodford Mansion is his home base, John is an enthusiastic advocate for all of the historic houses in the park system. https://www.facebook.com/events/332931261653993/
Jul25EventLeave No Trace Workshop: Community Building and Leave No Trace Practices2:00 pm to 3:00 pmEvent
Leave No Trace Workshop: Community Building and Leave No Trace PracticesJuly 25, 20212:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hourAs part of this summer's Leave No Trace Hot Spot, join FOW, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, neighborhood partners, and community leaders for a workshop on building community around caring for Wissahickon Valley Park - facilitated by educators from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The workshop is open to all. Register for the virtual event here: https://fow.org/event/lnthotspot-workshop/ https://www.facebook.com/events/834888777141411/