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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
  • 5 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers


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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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One-day detour for Kelly Drive trail section on October 18

Part of the Schuylkill River Trail will close for routine maintenance and inspection. The one-day closure takes place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The closure affects a section of the trail along Kelly Drive in East Fairmount Park.
The multi-use path in this area will be closed from the Falls Bridge to the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Ridge Avenue.
Trail users should follow the posted detour:
Northbound on Kelly Drive:
  • Turn right at Calumet Avenue.
  • Turn left at Ridge Avenue.
  • Follow Ridge Avenue to the detour’s end at Lincoln Drive.
    • Continue to Manayunk via Main Street or Roxborough via Ridge Avenue, or,
    • continue to Forbidden Drive via the Lincoln Drive Trail.
Southbound on Ridge Avenue at Kelly Drive:
  • Continue south on Ridge Avenue to Calumet Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Calumet Avenue.
  • Cross Kelly Drive.
  • Turn left to rejoin the Schuylkill River Trail.
The Schuylkill River Trail is a popular recreation path. It is also an important commuter route for cyclists and others. This closure will help keep the route in good working order.


Boathouse Row Lightings: September 2022

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

9/9/2022 to 9/10/2022  gold Childhood Cancer Awareness—Jake’s Dragon Foundation
9/15/2022  red Light It Up Red for Lymphoma—Lymphoma Research Foundation
9/16/2022  teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness—Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
9/17/2022 to 9/19/2022  green Philadelphia Eagles (Home Opener 9/19)
9/24/2022  green Light Up for Mito-World Mitochondrial Disease Week
(Mitochondrial Program/CHOP)
9/29/2022  red, white, blue Get Screened Philly—American Cancer Society & Dept. of Public Health

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  • Sep
    Wednesday Meditations
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US

    Wednesday Meditations

    September 28, 2022
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US
    Let's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.

    This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
    Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at or 215.685.9285

    Registration is required at , and will open one week before the program.
    This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
    Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi

    For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.
  • Sep
    UnOrthodox Yoga - KIDS
    5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    Lardner's Point Park

    UnOrthodox Yoga - KIDS

    September 28, 2022
    5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, 30 mins
    Lardner's Point Park
    Join instructor Violet Vines for a fun kids yoga class along the river with spectacular bridge views. A relaxing all-ages class will follow at 6:15pm. Classes run August 24th - Sept 28th.
  • Sep
    Run with Me
    5:15 am to 6:15 am
    Tacony Creek Park

    Run with Me

    September 29, 2022
    5:15 am to 6:15 am, 1 hour
    Tacony Creek Park
    Join your neighbors for fun, rejuvenating, and healthy fitness runs on the paved Tacony Creek Park Trail, part of the Circuit Trails Network! Run or ride your bike on the trail with us. Free! Schedule: Run on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 5:15 AM Saturday mornings at 6 AM RSVP for location to or 215-744-1853 All programs follow Philadelphia Covid guidelines. Please view TTF's event calendar for event updates and changes: