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
  • 272 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

  • Dec
    9
    Flavors of the Season: A Very Philly Christmas
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Fairmount Park Historic Houses

    Flavors of the Season: A Very Philly Christmas

    December 9, 2018
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 6 hours
    Fairmount Park Historic Houses
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    Bring your appetite and culinary curiosity to the historic houses as we celebrate some of Philadelphia's best food purveyors such as Birchtree Catering, John & Kira's, Shane Confectionery, and a very special appearance by Walter Staib from PBS' A Taste of History Enjoy free samples and food demonstrations while taking in the beauty of the houses decorated for the holidays.

    Learn more or buy tickets on the Facebook event.
  • Dec
    9
    Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    Fitler Square, Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

    December 9, 2018
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 1 hour
    Fitler Square, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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    Join our families, friends and neighbors, young and old -- around the fountain to see the first lighting of the festive Holiday Trees. Santa will arrive at 5:00 pm with treats for children, hot chocolate, and cider.

    Learn more on the Facebook event.
  • Dec
    12
    Nature's Hidden Surprises: Winter Scavenger Hunt
    9:30 am to 11:30 am
    Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA

    Nature's Hidden Surprises: Winter Scavenger Hunt

    December 12, 2018
    9:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours
    Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA
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    Join Environmental Educator Judith Gratz for a free nature walk in Tacony Creek Park. It's a Winter Scavenger Hunt! Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Learn more on the Facebook event

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