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
  • 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


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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park to close temporarily

The City of Philadelphia has announced that beginning this Saturday, August 18, 2018, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, 2018, the Devil’s Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park will be closed to all public recreational use.

As part of this closure, the Orange Trail and White Trail entrances to the Devil’s Pool site will be closed at both Livezey Lane and at Valley Green Road to ensure that no pedestrian, equestrian, or bicycle access is available to this area. All other trails, parking lots, recreational areas, and amenities throughout the Wissahickon Valley will remain open on these days.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is implementing this temporary closure to ensure public safety. The Philadelphia Police Department and Parks & Rec Rangers will ensure public compliance with the restriction of the trails accessing this area of the Wissahickon Valley.

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  • Aug
    Last Music in the Park at Bardascino Park
    7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
    Bardascino Park, 1000 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Last Music in the Park at Bardascino Park

    August 21, 2018
    7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, 4 hours
    Bardascino Park, 1000 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
    Bring some chairs and drinks for an evening of free live music in South Philly’s Bardascino Park! Music in the Park is sponsored by the Friends of Bardascino Park with a grant from the Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Council.

    Check back on their Facebook page for future updates.
  • Aug
    ZydecoaGoGo at Gorgas Park
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA

    ZydecoaGoGo at Gorgas Park

    August 23, 2018
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hours
    Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
    Gorgas Park features a packed schedule of music this summer, so bring some chairs or a blanket and come on out for a fun night of live music! On Thursdya, August 23, come out for a fun performance from ZydecoaGoGo Band. 

    RSVP and see updates on the Facebook event
  • Aug
    Brews at Burholme
    3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Burholme Family Fun Center, 401 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Brews at Burholme

    August 25, 2018
    3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 6 hours
    Burholme Family Fun Center, 401 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
    Join Burholme Park Golf Center and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company for a splendid afternoon in Burholme Park! Come out for an afternoon/evening of special discounts from Burholme Park Golf Center and draft beer from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company! Bring the whole family to check out Ryerss Museum & Library and the park playground beforehand! 

    Can't make this month's Brews at Burholme event? There are two more nights to catch it!
    Sept 22nd
    Oct 20th

    Stay updated on Brews at Burholme Facebook event.