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
- 272 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
Join your local Park Friends Group to plant trees, rake leaves, and prepare our parks for winter. Volunteer registration for the fall service day on November 10 is now open!
Love Your Park is a biannual event that cleans, greens, and celebrates Philly’s parks, organized by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Park Friends Network.
With nearly 100 Park Friends Groups participating each season, it’s easy to find a park near you to clean up!
- October 1, 2, 11, 12 & 13: Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- October 3 & 15: Red and white for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
- October 17 & 18: Blue for the opening of the Philadelphia 76ers season
Learn more about this opportunity for the restoration and long-term lease of an historic Fairmount Park building located just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
Oct16EventFairmount Water Works Trail & Boardwalk Dedication2:00 pm to 3:00 pm650 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAEvent
Fairmount Water Works Trail & Boardwalk DedicationOctober 16, 20182:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour650 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAmapThe Fairmount Water Works Trail & Boardwalk is ready to make its official debut! All are invited to celebrate the site's dedication to enjoy the comprehensive site improvements, a speaking program, music and refreshments, and more.
Learn more on the Facebook event.
Oct18EventRebuild Oversight Board Public Meeting6:00 pm to 7:30 pmShepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USAEvent
Rebuild Oversight Board Public MeetingOctober 18, 20186:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hoursShepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USAmap
The Rebuild Oversight Board's charge is to monitor Rebuild’s progress and make recommendations for the program’s implementation to ensure that Rebuild is achieving its goals. The board is made up of City officials, subject matter experts, and community leaders.
The public is welcome to attend the Oversight Board’s next meeting on October 18.
Learn more about the Rebuild Oversight board.
Oct18EventThirsty Thursday: Pig Roast6:00 pm to 10:00 pmCosmic Café, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAEvent
Thirsty Thursday: Pig RoastOctober 18, 20186:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 4 hoursCosmic Café, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAmapCosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall now has Thirsty Thursdays, through October! Enjoy local cider, beer, wine, and spirits by the river with weekly specials and live music. On October 18, the Thirsty Thursday will have a pig roast!