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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, each other, and fun things to do and see.

Our dedicated staff help manage:

  • Parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and pools.
  • Permits for picnics, sports fields, and important venues.
  • Creative and inclusive programs.
  • Signature city events and important historic and cultural sites.
  • Trees in parks and along the public right of way.
  • Capital and natural lands projects.
  • Recreation paths, trails, and boat launches.
  • Community gardens, farms, and orchards.
  • Special venues such as:
    • Environmental education centers.
    • The Dell Music Center.
    • Ice skating rinks and golf courses.

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Jul
    14
    Sounds of Summer: Second Concert Series
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Parkside Avenue & West Memorial Hall Drive, Parkside Ave & W Memorial Hall Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Sounds of Summer: Second Concert Series

    July 14, 2024
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 3 hours
    Parkside Avenue & West Memorial Hall Drive, Parkside Ave & W Memorial Hall Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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    Celebrate summer with a live jazz concert in the park. Free family concerts will also be held on August 11 and September 8, 2024, in Clark Park. 
    For more information go to Friends of Clark Park's Facebook page and event calendar. 
  • Jul
    15
    Magnetic Monday with Let's Go Outdoors
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue &, S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Magnetic Monday with Let's Go Outdoors

    July 15, 2024
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1 hour
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue &, S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
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    Pond Connect & Color/Create a Bug Magnet

    • With SUMMER, there comes the beauty of flowers, the shade of trees, the activeness of animals, and the busy buzzing of our insect/buggy friends.  So, join us as we recognize bugs in a fun way, by coloring/decorating small lovely bug/animal magnets using markers.

      In addition, we'll head out to walk the loop of FDR's Pond, to see if we spot any critter friends and enjoy the scenery.

    • Start Time: 11:00am

    • Meeting Location: Please meet in the vicinity of the Community Clubhouse, 1954 Pattison Ave.
  • Jul
    16
    Devil's Pool Clean-Up
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road at Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 19128, United States

    Devil's Pool Clean-Up

    July 16, 2024
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 3 hours
    Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road at Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 19128, United States
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    Meeting at Valley Green Inn Do you love Wissahickon Valley Park? Do you want to help keep a beloved natural landmark beautiful? Then join us for a litter clean-up at Devil’s Pool every Tuesday morning this summer! Please note that unlike our other weekly stewardship days, we will be starting at 9:30. No experience is needed. We provide gloves, tools and instruction – you just need to show up! Volunteer service Days are excellent, easy ways to help us take care of Wissahickon Valley Park. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and long pants, and bring a water bottle with you. Detailed information will be included in your confirmation email. For more information contact Marisa Miller at miller@fow.org. Please note that parking at Valley Green Inn will not be accessible by Valley Green Road, as construction has officially begun on the Valley Green Run Restoration and Pedestrian Bridge Project! See this map for parking options. Parking can still be accessed via Wises Mill Road off Henry Avenue in Roxborough. Register Below!

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