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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Parks & Rec’s Community and Special Events (CASE) office phone line is experiencing ongoing technical issues. If you call during normal business hours and your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message. Staff will respond within a business day. You can also call 215-683-3600 or email with any permit-related questions.

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  • May
    The Lady Hoofers | Performances in Public Spaces
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    FDR Park

    The Lady Hoofers | Performances in Public Spaces

    May 25, 2019
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour
    FDR Park
    Join the Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, Philadelphia's premier all-female tap company, for a FREE performance at the FDR Park Boathouse in honor of National Tap Dance Day! Dancers will perform original choreography and improvised works. Audience members will be invited to celebrate Bill "Bojangles" Robinson with games, stories and a chance to learn a historic tap routine, the Shim Sham Shimmy. This event is presented by the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy as part of Performances in Public Spaces, a summer series of FREE cultural performances in parks and plazas across Philadelphia neighborhoods. From May through October, the annual series brings arts and culture experiences to local outdoor spaces. To find more free Performances in Public Spaces events, visit
  • May
    See Philly Run - Destination: Parks on Tap
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    See Philly Run

    See Philly Run - Destination: Parks on Tap

    May 26, 2019
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours
    See Philly Run
    SeePhillyRun is teaming up with Parks on Tap! Join for a guided fun run through Philly ending at a traveling pop-up beer garden in one the city’s coolest parks. A portion of all proceeds go to the Fairmount Park Conservancy! These jogs are perfect for city visitors hoping to see the fresh side of Philly and great for locals looking to network and explore their city. All runs start at the center of Washington Square. On May 8 & 11, runs end at the beer garden at Columbus Square. The May 26th event ends at the at FDR Park beer garden. The June 5th and 8th runs end at beer gardens at the beautiful Schuylkill Banks Park!
  • May
    Parks on Tap: Fisher Park
    1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Fisher Park, Fern Rock, Philadelphia Pa

    Parks on Tap: Fisher Park

    May 29, 2019
    1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 4 days
    Fisher Park, Fern Rock, Philadelphia Pa
    JOIN US AT A BRAND NEW PARK THIS WEEK! HOURS: WED + THURS 5 - 10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1 - 11PM SUNDAY 12 - 10PM No park is too far when you’re biking, walking, or taking SEPTA. Use Go Philly Go to get to Fisher Park this week. -- 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! -- PARKING: On-street parking around 3/4 of the perimeter of the park EVENTS: Wed 5/29 | 5-7PM: Happy Hour with the Friends of Fisher Park 50% of the proceeds will go to support Fisher Park. Join Roots2Rise from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park every Thursday! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day.