Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12 to noon on Thursday, Nov. 14

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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Announcements

New operator of John F. Byrne Golf Club

On November 1, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia began operations at John F. Byrne Golf Club. The First Tee will invest over $600,000 of funds, plus an additional $400,000 of in-kind work/service, into the property over the next three years. This investment is part of a long-term lease with the City of Philadelphia.

Learn more about The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.

Boathouse Row lightings: November 2019

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

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Events

  • Nov
    13
    Nature's Hidden Surprises (Wednesdays)
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Tacony Creek Park, Whitaker Gateway, 635 Tampa Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120

    Nature's Hidden Surprises (Wednesdays)

    November 13, 2019
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 2 hours
    Tacony Creek Park, Whitaker Gateway, 635 Tampa Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120
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    Do you love nature?? We do, too! Join us for our Nature’s Hidden Surprises series! These nature walks are led by environmental educator Judith Gratz every second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, and meet at Tacony Creek Park's Whitaker Gateway. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated; please contact Doryán at doryan@ttfwatershed.org or 215-744-1853. Topics include: June 12: What Lives in Meadows? July 10: What Lives in the Creek? August 14: What Lives in the Woods? September 11: What is Migration? October 9: Why do leaves change colors? November 13: What is Weather & Climate? ** Can't make it on weekdays? We've added a monthly nature walks on Saturdays, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/441067399986927/?event_time_id=441067413320259
  • Nov
    14
    Fall Thursday Treks
    6:30 am to 7:30 am
    Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Fall Thursday Treks

    November 14, 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
    14
    UniverSoul Circus in Philadelphia 2019
    7:00 am to 9:30 am
    Fairmount Park

    UniverSoul Circus in Philadelphia 2019

    November 14, 2019
    7:00 am to 9:30 am, 3 hours
    Fairmount Park
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    🎪 UniverSoul Circus returns to Philadelphia at Fairmount Park from November 14 through December 8! Tickets on sale now! A highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music. Our show is fresh, funky, bold, fun and challenges your imagination like no other circus. UniverSoul Circus embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of urban pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers that reflect the cultural diversity of the world in which we live. https://www.facebook.com/events/221537548789406/

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