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
- 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: https://bit.ly/2LFZpln
On Monday, April 5, most City recreation centers will resume a regular schedule. Daily operations will look different due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Health and safety modification include:
- No more than two programs or permitted activities allowed at a time.
- Room capacity limits:
- 50 person limit in gymnasiums.
- 25 person limit multipurpose rooms.
- No walk-ins.
- Visitors must complete a symptom check.
- Contact tracing in place.
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|Dates||Color||Cause or organization|
|April 1 – 2||Red||Phillies home opener|
|April 17||Red||Hemophilia awareness|
|April 22||Blue and gold||Philadelphia Union opener|
|May 10||Teal||American Lung Association|
Parks & Rec is now accepting permits for more activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities.
Effective March 16, 2021, Parks & Rec will issue permits for the following activities:
Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.
- Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
- Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.
- Current Health guidelines limit social gatherings 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.
- Masks must be worn at all times when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
- Maximum participation (includes players, coaches, and spectators):
- 100 people on fields.
- 50 people on courts.
- Parks & Rec Special Events Office will review applications for any event over 100 people.
- Special event permit applicants must also submit a COVID-19 Operating Plan to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for approval.
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.
- Maximum participation (includes players, coaches, and spectators):
- Gymnasiums: Up to 50 people per gym, 35 for smaller gyms.
- Other rooms: permitted to allow at least 40 square feet per person.
- No more than two indoor programs can be held at the same time in each facility.
- Indoor permit holders must attend and be responsible for the content of the Standard Operating Procedure Training hosted by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff.
- All participants will have to complete and sign a screening form.
Apr15EventVolunteer Event: Thursday Stewardship9:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Volunteer Event: Thursday StewardshipApril 15, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursWould you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park beautiful and sustainable? Then join us for a morning of stewardship on Thursdays! Locations will vary week to week; we will mostly be concentrating on closing social trails in the park that damage habitat and aid in erosion. This work tends to be a little more strenuous than other tasks. Registration is required for this event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. Register at fow.org/events! Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/events/5490480130969521/?event_time_id=5490480227636178
Apr15EventLearn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp5:30 pm to 7:30 pmFrankford Boat RampEvent
Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat RampApril 15, 20215:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hoursFrankford Boat RampmapLearn 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: learntofishpleasanthill.eventbrite.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/138193844871996/
Apr17EventEarth Day Planting Day9:00 am to 12:00 pmEvent
Earth Day Planting DayApril 17, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursWould you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park beautiful and sustainable? Then join us for a morning of stewardship on the Saturday before Earth Day! (If you ask us, Earth Day should be each and every day!) On this Saturday, we’ll be removing invasive plant species and planting native trees and shrubs in a popular area of the park. Tools & instruction will be provided. Registration is required for this event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. Register for this event at: https://fow.org/event/21-sat-10/ Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/events/105036221565750/