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

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1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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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 parksandrecevents@phila.gov with any permit-related questions.

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Events

  • May
    25
    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
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    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 creativephl.org/pps. https://www.facebook.com/events/1116362531885969/
  • May
    29
    Parks on Tap: Fisher Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Fisher Park, Fern Rock, Philadelphia Pa

    Parks on Tap: Fisher Park

    May 29, 2019
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    Fisher Park, Fern Rock, Philadelphia Pa
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    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. http://bit.ly/2YYiJQl -- 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! https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/163 -- 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/788706671502074/
  • Jun
    5
    Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Schuylkill Banks

    Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

    June 5, 2019
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    Schuylkill Banks
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    HOURS: WED + THURS 5 - 10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1 - 11PM SUNDAY 12 - 10PM ABOUT: Schuylkill Banks is a Philadelphia riverfront destination located south of the Fairmount Water Works Dam. Schuylkill Banks is part of the Schuylkill River Trail, a 23-mile link from Philadelphia to Valley Forge National Historical Park, and part of the nationally designated Schuylkill River National Heritage Area. You can find Parks on Tap set up right under the Walnut Street Bridge. -- 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! https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/163 -- EVENTS: Wed 6/5 | 5-7PM: Happy Hour with the Friends of Schuylkill Banks. 50% of the proceeds will go to support Schuylkill Banks. Thur 6/6: Join Roots2Rise from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day. WALKING AND BIKING For easy and convenient directions, check out Schuylkill Banks on GoPhillyGo at https://bit.ly/2GGcpDz PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: A 10-minute walk from 30th Station for SEPTA Regional Rail or Market Frankford Line. Also accessible via SEPTA bus routes 7 & 12 at 23rd and Locust and SEPTA bus route 9 at Schuylkill Avenue and Chestnut Street PARKING: The nearest parking lot to the Walnut Street Dock is at 24th and Sansom Streets. Walk up the stairs at 24th and Walnut to get to the Walnut Street Bridge, walk along the bridge towards the river, once you're past all of the buildings, walk down the set of stairs that leads to the Banks. To access the trail from this lot without taking stairs, you can walk down 24th Street to Locust Street, turn right on Locust Street and walk one block to 25th and Locust to access the at-grade crossing into the Banks. FACEBOOK: Schuylkill Banks WEBSITE: HTTPS://WWW.SCHUYLKILLBANKS.ORG https://www.facebook.com/events/550142855510875/

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