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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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  • Sep
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    September 21, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

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  • Sep
    Daylight/ Starlight Storybook Trail
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Daylight/ Starlight Storybook Trail

    September 23, 2020
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 12 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Stop by the center to enjoy a self guided storybook walk with your family. The trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The storybook trail begins at the trail to the right of the environmental center (right next to our picnic area), and loops to the right thru the meadow. No Registration Required.
  • Sep
    Birding 101
    10:00 am to 2:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Birding 101

    September 22, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:30 pm, 2 days
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    BIRDING 101
    Tuesday & Thursday,
    September 22th & 24th
    10 am–11:30 am OR 1–2:30 pm
    Learn how to use binoculars and identify birds. This outdoor activity will focus on finding and identifying birds in the various habitats of Cobbs Creek Park.
    Must RSVP for a specific session.