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 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Register for the Boxers’ Trail 5K Walk/Run!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 14. Proceeds from the Boxers’ Trail 5K benefit East Fairmount Park and Mander Playground.

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Events

  • Aug
    20
    Tuesday Free Yoga & Meditation
    9:00 am to 11:00 am
    Bartram's Garden

    Tuesday Free Yoga & Meditation

    August 20, 2019
    9:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    Bartram's Garden
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    Join us for free indoor/outdoor yoga and meditation classes in the garden this summer, open to the public free of charge on Tuesday mornings thanks to a partnership with the Southwest Philadelphia’s Family Practice and Counseling Network Health Annex. Classes are conducted rain or shine on the porch of Bartram’s Garden’s Eastwick Pavilion. If you’re joining us for the first time, just follow the signs! Please wear comfortable clothes and show up early enough to allow yourself time to walk through the garden to Eastwick Hill. Feel free to bring your own mat, but we’ll have a few on hand for you to use if you don’t have your own. All levels of experience are welcome, including first-timers. Yoga class will begin promptly at 9:00 and run through 10:00. Walking meditation will begin promptly at 10:00 and run through 10:45. Preregistration is encouraged but not required! This event will take place in a space that is accessible via wheelchair, but the restrooms that will be open during this program are not ADA accessible. We are, however, happy to make accommodations for guests with mobility limitations if you reach out to us a week or more in advance. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to be in touch! https://www.facebook.com/events/302850513988638/
  • Aug
    20
    Soap-Making Workshop
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Bartram's Garden

    Soap-Making Workshop

    August 20, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Bartram's Garden
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    Learn the art of creating healthy, safe, hand-crafted soap using everyday natural ingredients such as essential oils, butters, and herbs that can be found in your own kitchen or garden. Members: $15 Non-Members: $20 Southwest Neighbors & ACCESS cardholders: $2 $2 tickets for this event are available to eligible Southwest Philly neighbors and/or ACCESS Card holders! If you have either an ID with a SW Philly address or an ACCESS card, you can claim your $2 tickets to by visiting us in the Bartram’s Garden Welcome Center, emailing us at info@bartramsgarden.org, or calling us at 215 729 5281 x112. More info here. Artist’s Bio: Charvalia (Char) Lovett is the creator of organic, hand crafted hair, body, bath, and aromatherapy products. She specializes in the use of oils, butters, fragrances and essential oils. After receiving a Bachelors in Business from Shippensburg University in 2004, she began hand making products and started “Char’s Creations.” Her products have been in national expos and events such as Shecky’s girls Night Out, Natural Hair Care Expo, Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Care Expo and a host of other natural hair and body care expos. Large portions of our 50+ acre botanical garden can be explored via wheelchair, though some of our paths are currently awaiting repairs and should be used at your own discretion. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/2225973284380264/
  • Aug
    20
    Movie Night
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Friends of Gorgas Park

    Movie Night

    August 20, 2019
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 2 hours
    Friends of Gorgas Park
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    Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    movies start at dusk- listed times are approximate

    https://www.facebook.com/events/369727057221389/
    In the event of rain, contact the site by clicking on the address link.

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