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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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Dec
    1
    Volunteer Event: Tuesday Clean Up
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Volunteer Event: Tuesday Clean Up

    December 1, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Would you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park clean and beautiful? Then join FOW on Tuesday morning for a clean-up in one of the most visited places in the park! Registration is required for each event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before each event. For more information contact Shawn Green at green@fow.org. Register for a cleanup at https://fow.org/events/. https://www.facebook.com/events/1021207048347415/?event_time_id=1021207051680748
  • Nov
    30
    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail

    November 30, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 1 week
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Begins Monday, November 30 at 10am and Ends Monday, December 7 at 2pm In First Snow in the Woods, readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year's first winter storm. The storybook trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The self guided trail begins at the environmental center will head into the meadow and the trail will lead you back to the center. No Registration Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/477155906519694/
  • Dec
    2
    Wednesday Stewardship with David Bower
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Wednesday Stewardship with David Bower

    December 2, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Would you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park beautiful and sustainable? Then join long-time steward of the Wissahickon and the FOW Volunteer of the Year (2019), David Bower, on a variety of stewardship projects on Wednesday mornings! Locations and tasks will vary week to week, and may include trash clean-ups, trail improvements, invasive plant removal, graffiti removal, and general park beautification. David’s many years of experience in the Wissahickon means you’ll learn a lot about the valley while also making a positive impact on it. Registration is required for this event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. You can sign up for the service day at https://fow.org/events! Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at green@fow.org https://www.facebook.com/events/398629477825675/?event_time_id=398629491159007

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