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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
  • 5 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers


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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Pennypack Trail closed

Due to damage from Hurricane Ida, the Pennypack Trail is closed.
Portions of the trail are blocked by fallen trees and other storm damage.
Please plan your visit for another day, or view this map of our other trails.

Recreational Boating Advisory

Parks & Rec is urging extreme caution for any recreational activity on or along the Schuylkill River while storm damage assessment continues.
River users are reminded that:
  • 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.
The storm damaged an emergency safety cable that helps prevent recreational boaters or kayakers from accidentally going over the Fairmount Dam. This recreational river advisory will remain in place until the safety line has been replaced.


Manayunk Canal Towpath closure and detour

Due to storm damage from Hurricane Ida, the Manayunk Canal Towpath is currently closed. The Towpath is the section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue. 

These entrances to the Towpath are closed until further notice for trail assessment and repairs:
  • Lock Street
  • Rector Street
  • Cotton Street
  • Carson Street
  • Green Lane
  • Leverington Street
  • Fountain Street
  • Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue

While the Towpath is closed, trail users are encouraged to use Shawmont Avenue, Umbria Avenue, Leverington Avenue, and Main Street in Manayunk as a detour. View a map of this on-street detour.

Parks & Rec continues to assess storm damage and flooding impacts from Hurricane Ida. Trail users should: 

  • Use extreme caution on all trails, parks, and playgrounds. 
  • Report storm damage on parkland to 311.

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  • Sep
    Movie Night in Tacony Creek Park
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    559 E Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120, United States

    Movie Night in Tacony Creek Park

    September 17, 2021
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    559 E Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120, United States
    FREE outdoor movie night in Tacony Creek Park! Featuring “A Bug’s Life” Bring your family & friends plus lawn chairs and blankets! Free popcorn. Meet our Creekmobile and learn about nature. Movie will begin at dusk. Rain date: Friday, September 24 Questions: Contact or 215-744-1853
  • Sep
    Story Telling Campfire
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Story Telling Campfire

    September 17, 2021
    7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Join Pete as he tells stories and we roast marshmallows by the campfire.
  • Sep
    West Fairmount Park Birdwatching Walk with Jason
    8:00 am to 10:00 am

    West Fairmount Park Birdwatching Walk with Jason

    September 18, 2021
    8:00 am to 10:00 am, 2 hours
    Join science educator and passionate bird watcher Jason Hall for a friendly, all-ages bird watching walk around West Park. Jason is a scientist, photographer, animal lover, and community activist who is passionate about sharing the wonders of nature here in Philadelphia with others.

    NOTE NEW LOCATION: We'll meet at the front entrance to Shofuso House & Garden, and then enter the Lansdowne Glen Trail towards the Pavilion in the Trees. The walk will follow the Lansdowne Creek - a protected body of water that serves as a popular “rest stop" on the highway for the spring / early summer migration of many spectacular species. You’ll be delighted by the diversity of winged creatures hidden in plain sight in West Park!

    TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $10, $15, or $20

    [ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info: ]

    – meet at 8:45, tour starts at 9 am sharp.
    – BYOB – as in, please bring your own binoculars
    – Appropriate for Adults and families with children ages 6 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
    – Please dress according to weather conditions.
    – Please bring your own water and snacks. (drinking water is not available in the park)
    – There are no nearby bathrooms. Please plan accordingly

    CAP / COVID PROTOCOL: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

    This event will be capped at 20 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.

    All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event

    Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event

    If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

    POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.

    PRESENTER(S) BIO: Jason Hall is a scientist and community-based science educator, photographer, #BlackBirder, dog lover, LGBTQ+ ally, political junky, and mixed family advocate. He has side business Waxwing Photography, which Jason calls “Philantography” since he uses photography to promote pet shelters and pet foster programs across southeastern Pennsylvania. It is simply combining the need for philanthropy with an enthusiasm for photography. If you’re interesteed in hiring Jason to support this cause for paws, please contact:

    MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!