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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Events

  • May
    22
    Jewish Heritage Tours at Woodford
    10:00 am to 4:00 am
    Woodford Mansion

    Jewish Heritage Tours at Woodford

    May 22, 2019
    10:00 am to 4:00 am, 18 hours
    Woodford Mansion
    map
    Learn about Woodford's David Franks and his family on this special tour during Jewish History month. https://www.facebook.com/events/459455891461782/?event_time_id=459455898128448
  • May
    22
    Parks on Tap: FDR Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Friends of FDR Park

    Parks on Tap: FDR Park

    May 22, 2019
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    Friends of FDR Park
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    HOURS: WED + THURS 5 - 10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1 - 11PM SUN + MON 12 - 10PM* *note extended hours for Memorial Day ABOUT: FDR Park is located in South Philadelphia near the Delaware River and the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. In addition to sports fields, the approximately 350-acre park provides trails for walking and running, convenient fishing spots along Edgewood and Meadow Lakes, and lawns for picnics. The park was built to the design of Olmsted Brothers, the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted and John Charles Olmsted in the early 20th century. The parkland was reclaimed mostly from marshlands of Greenwich Island, one of several islands in the area created by river channels present in the 18th and 19th centuries. Audubon Society of Pennsylvania has said that FDR Park is one of the best places in Philadelphia to observe birds. This is because it contains a variety of different habitats, including wetlands and waterways. *The closest entrance to the park will be located at the corner of Broad and Pattison. Check out the FDR Park Map and walk towards the Gazebo to find us (spot #4 on the right side) https://bit.ly/2J21E2N * -- Use your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID and receive $1 off your first drink at any Parks on Tap Location! https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/163 -- EVENTS: Wed 5/22 | 5-7PM: Happy Hour with the Friends of FDR Park. 50% of the proceeds will go to support FDR Park. Thur 5/23: Join Roots2Rise every Thursday from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day. WALKING AND BIKING For easy and convenient directions, check out FDR Park on GoPhillyGo at https://bit.ly/2qa2m3j PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Accessible via SEPTA Broad Street Line from the AT&T Station at Broad Street & Pattison Avenue. Also accessible via SEPTA bus routes 4 and 17 located at 20th and Pattison Ave. PARKING: Street parking available in addition to a parking lot nearby at the American Swedish Historical Museum FACEBOOK: Friends of FDR Park WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.FDRPARK.ORG/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1002552619950380/
  • May
    22
    Jewish Heritage Tours at Woodford
    10:00 am to 4:00 am
    Woodford Mansion

    Jewish Heritage Tours at Woodford

    May 22, 2019
    10:00 am to 4:00 am, 18 hours
    Woodford Mansion
    map
    Learn about Woodford's David Franks and his family on this special tour during Jewish History month. https://www.facebook.com/events/459455891461782/?event_time_id=459455898128448

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