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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


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Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Parks & Rec announces FDR Park access changes through June 29

From June 11 to June 19, 2022, FDR Park in South Philadelphia will host the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. During this time: 

  • The show is expected to have thousands of visitors. 
  • Most park amenities will remain open and accessible. This includes the bicycle lane, walking paths, tennis courts, athletic fields, skate park, former golf course, and playground. 

To accommodate all visitors, Parks & Rec will change the flow of traffic in the park through June 29.  

Park users  

If you would like to visit the park during this time, please:  

  • Visit the park early in the day.
  • Consider walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation.  

FDR Park is easily reached by public transportation: 

If you must drive to FDR Park between now and June 29:  

  • Parking will be extremely limited.  
  • Managed parking will be available under I-95 at the southern end of the park. 

Traffic flow changes: 

  • Enter the park using the entrance on Pattison Avenue near Broad Street (1500 Pattison Avenue).
  • All traffic will be directed to turn LEFT once inside the park.
  • Traffic flow in the park will be reversed. This means you will travel through the park in a clockwise direction. This is the opposite of the usual flow.
  • Exit the park at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue. 


Boathouse Row Lightings: June 2022

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:


6/1/2022 Red Merger of St. Joseph’s Univ. and Univ. of the Sciences
6/2/2022 Teal National Scleroderma Awareness
6/3/2022 Red Hemochromatosis Awareness
6/4/2022 Blue Inspira Health Foundation Gala
6/5/2022 Orange Gun violence awareness
6/6 and 6/7/2022 Colors of the LGBT flag LGBT Pride
6/8 and 6/9/2022 Blue and gold Drexel University commencement
6/10/2022 Blue Disability Pride
6/13/2022 Blue and gold Police Athletic League 75th Anniversary
6/14/2022—6/19/2022 Red, green, and black Juneteenth
6/19/2022 (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Red Sickle cell anemia awareness
6/19/2022 (1 a.m. to 6 a.m.) Red, green, and black Juneteenth

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  • Jun
    Wednesday Meditations
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US

    Wednesday Meditations

    June 29, 2022
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US
    Let's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.

    This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
    Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at or 215.685.9285

    Registration is required at , and will open one week before the program.
    This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
    Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi

    For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.
  • Jun
    Weekly Wednesday Clean Up: Tacony Creek Park
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Roosevelt Blvd & Rorer St Philadelphia, PA 19120

    Weekly Wednesday Clean Up: Tacony Creek Park

    June 29, 2022
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Roosevelt Blvd & Rorer St Philadelphia, PA 19120
    Join your neighbors and TCP Keepers to clean Tacony Creek Park and its gateways. Location: Tacony Creek Park Gateway: Rorer St & E Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, 19120 Time: 10am to 12pm Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 All tools and supplies will be provided, including work gloves, snacks, and water. Restrooms are not available. Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one. We provide a free reusable water bottle to volunteers. We follow Philadelphia guidelines & will provide masks. 25 person limit for this event. Pre-registration required. Questions? Contact Alex Rosario at or 215-744-1853.
  • Jun
    International Mud Day RETURNS!
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    300 West Northwestern Avenue,Philadelphia,19118,US

    International Mud Day RETURNS!

    June 29, 2022
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hours
    300 West Northwestern Avenue,Philadelphia,19118,US
    We will be celebrating the squishy, slimy, messy world of mud on International Mud Day . Make mud pies, squish the mud between your toes, and prepare to get dirty! Rain or Shine! All ages with adult. Free. Questions ? Contact us at or 215.685.9285 City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information Registration is required at or by phone. This is an outdoor, all weather program. Any changes will be communicated by the email address you register with. Guests participate at your own risk. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. Photo: By Christina Moresi of campers from our last Mud Day in 2019