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.
Oct27EventDay of the Dead Altar at LOVE Park10:00 am to 10:00 pmLove Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAEvent
Day of the Dead Altar at LOVE ParkOctober 27, 202110:00 am to 10:00 pm, 12 hoursLove Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAmapDía de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a tradition celebrated in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of each November. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and honor their memory. Come celebrate at Love Park with an altar created by Mexican artist Cesar Viveros.
PPR - Dia de los Muertos Link
Oct27EventHalloween Hike to the Lost Cave of the Wissahickon6:00 pm to 9:00 pmEvent
Halloween Hike to the Lost Cave of the WissahickonOctober 27, 20216:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hoursJoin the Wild Women of the Wissahickon on this Twilight adventure to “The Lost Cave” of America’s first doomsday cult, at the edge of the known world. As Halloween approaches, the veil thins, spirits cut loose and roam through the woods. Is it the End of The World? Will the Wizard Kelpius return to his cave to fulfill his prophecy?
Costumes, which will serve as disguises to confuse the nefarious ghouls, are highly suggested. Come prepared to walk over uneven terrain in the failing light of the gloaming. Bring a camera to see if you can catch the likenesses of any apparitions on film!
Suitable for children over 12 years old with a responsible adult. No pets please.
Oct27EventFall pickup basketball8:00 pm to 9:45 pmPalumbo Recreation CenterEvent
Fall pickup basketballOctober 27, 20218:00 pm to 9:45 pm, 2 hoursPalumbo Recreation CentermapAll skill levels welcome! Open to members and non-members. Non-members are welcome to join for their first pickup, but must register for membership at subsequent pick-ups.
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