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
The Manayunk Canal Towpath will begin reopening on October 15, 2021. This section of the Schuylkill River Trail, between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue, was temporarily closed for repair due to damage from Hurricane Ida.
The following entrances to the Towpath will begin re-opening to the public on October 15.
- Lock Street
- Rector Street
- Cotton Street
- Carson Street
- Green Lane
- Leverington Street
- Fountain Street
- Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue
By October 16, trail users will have full access to the towpath.
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|DATES||COLOR(S)||CAUSE OR ORGANIZATION|
|10/2/2021||Blue||Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk|
|10/11/2021||Purple||Indigenous Peoples’ Day|
|10/12/2021||Pink||Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/13/2021||Green, pink, and blue.||Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/19/2021||Pink||Breast Cancer Awareness|
|10/23/2021||Red||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “ Light the Night” Walk|
|10/25/2021||Red||DEA Red Ribbon Week|
State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
Oct19EventMovies By The River - "Hocus Pocus" at Glen Foerd6:00 pm to 9:00 pmGlen FoerdEvent
Movies By The River - "Hocus Pocus" at Glen FoerdOctober 19, 20216:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hoursGlen FoerdmapTime to get spooky at Philly's hidden mansion along the Delaware River in Northeast Philly! Join us for a free classic flick. Fun for the whole family. Costumes are optional! 10/19 – Hocus Pocus – (Glen Foerd – 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114) https://www.facebook.com/events/2283040385165923/
Oct20Event10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony5:30 pm to 7:00 pmEvent
10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award CeremonyOctober 20, 20215:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hoursSo many people and organizations in our watershed community have made significant contributions to improve TTF watershed health in 2021.
Join us for our 10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony to recognize our Watershed Heroes and Partner Alliance!
This year, we’re honoring inspiring Friends, an extraordinary Educator, a hard-working Nonprofit Steward, a devoted Corporate Steward, and someone whose commitment merits our Legacy Award.
2021 Watershed Milestones Honorees:
Friend of the TTF Watershed
TTF Watershed Educator
TTF Nonprofit Steward
Ambrose Liu (Olney Culture Lab)
TTF Watershed Corporate Steward
TTF Watershed Legacy Award
Be inspired by their stories and achievements. Network with clean water leaders!
The ceremony will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct23EventMorning Bird Walk with Will8:00 am to 11:00 amPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
Morning Bird Walk with WillOctober 23, 20218:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hoursPennypack Environmental CentermapJoin Will for the end of migration bird walk . https://www.facebook.com/events/323266029586552/