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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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov

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Events

  • Nov
    22
    Fairmount Park Turkey Trot
    7:00 am to 11:00 am
    Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Fairmount Park Turkey Trot

    November 22, 2018
    7:00 am to 11:00 am, 4 hours
    Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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    Start your Thanksgiving out with a trot! The 28th Annual Fairmount Park Turkey Trot will include a 5-mile run that starts and finishes at Memorial Hall. All runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. 

    Register before November 9 to save $5! Visit www.runtheday.com to learn more.
  • Nov
    22
    Christmas Village in Philadelphia opens
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    JFK Plaza, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Christmas Village in Philadelphia opens

    November 22, 2018
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    JFK Plaza, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Christmas Village in Philadelphia returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park for its 11th season from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. Stop by Philadelphia’s authentic open-air German Christmas market with more than 80 wooden booths.


    Learn more on the Facebook event or website.
  • Dec
    1
    Sounds of the Season: A Very Philly Christmas
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Fairmount Park Historic Houses

    Sounds of the Season: A Very Philly Christmas

    December 1, 2018
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 6 hours
    Fairmount Park Historic Houses
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    Join us as the historic houses, sponsored by WRTI.FM, kick off this year's A Very Philly Christmas with some of the best music in Philadelphia including Opera Philadelphia, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Joanna Pascale, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, and Minas Brazilian Music. 

    Each of the 5 houses will host one of these premier Philadelphia musical acts as well as some of the most talented Philadelphia area student musicians. Enjoy all these wondrous sounds while taking in the beauty of the houses decorated for the holidays. 

    Learn more and get tickets on the Facebook event.

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