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
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|DATES||COLORS||CAUSE OR ORGANIZATION|
|June 4||Orange||National Gun Violence Awareness|
|June 5||Teal||Scleroderma awareness|
|June 7-8||LGBT flag||LGBT Pride Awareness|
|June 9-11||Blue and gold||Drexel University|
|June 12||Blue and gold||Philadelphia School District – Senior Class of 2021|
|June 13, 14 and 16-18||Red, black & green||Juneteenth|
|June 15||Red||Variety Club|
|June 19||Red||Sickle Cell Awareness|
|June 22||Blue||Philadelphia Police Foundation|
|July 1-4||Red, white & blue||Wawa Welcome America and the 4th of July|
From June 5 to June 13, FDR Park in South Philadelphia will host the Philadelphia Flower Show. During this time:
- The show is expected to have thousands of visitors.
- Most park amenities will remain open. This includes the bicycle lane, walking paths, tennis courts, athletic fields, skate park, and playground.
To accommodate all visitors, Parks & Rec will change the flow of traffic in the park from June 1 through June 18.
If you would like to visit the park during this time, please:
- Visit the park early in the day.
- Consider walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation.
FDR Park is easily reached by public transportation:
- The NRG Station of SEPTA’s Broad Street Line is only two blocks from the park’s Pattison Avenue entrance.
- Visit SEPTA’s website for schedule information.
If you must drive to FDR Park between June 1 and June 18:
- Parking will be extremely limited.
- Managed parking will be available under I-95 at the southern end of the park.
Traffic flow changes:
- Enter the park using the entrance on Pattison Avenue near Broad Street.
- All traffic will be directed to turn LEFT once inside the park.
- Traffic flow in the park will be reversed. This means you will travel through the park in a clockwise direction. This is the opposite of the usual flow.
- Exit the park at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue.
- Live on a small, one-way street.
- Take part in the summer food program.
- Open and close the street to traffic each weekday.
- Have less than 25 percent of residents submit an objection to the creation of the PlayStreet
Parks & Rec’s Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks.