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
  • 272 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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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Lighting project along MLK, Jr. Drive

Construction will begin the week of September 24 along MLK Drive between the Schuylkill River Bridge and Girard Avenue overpass.

Work on the project includes:

  • replacing the light poles with new fiberglass light poles on new foundations
  • new wiring
  • LED roadway and trail lighting
  • LED flood lighting of the falls.

Intermittent lane closures will occur during off-peak hours. Trail closure will occur from Sweet Briar Road to Paine’s Park. Signage will be posted to direct travelers around the work site.

Construction will last through January 2019.

The Streets Department is leading this project.  Streets and Parks & Rec thank residents for their ongoing support of improvement projects and asks for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase.

Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park to close temporarily

The City of Philadelphia has announced that beginning this Saturday, August 18, 2018, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, 2018, the Devil’s Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park will be closed to all public recreational use.

As part of this closure, the Orange Trail and White Trail entrances to the Devil’s Pool site will be closed at both Livezey Lane and at Valley Green Road to ensure that no pedestrian, equestrian, or bicycle access is available to this area. All other trails, parking lots, recreational areas, and amenities throughout the Wissahickon Valley will remain open on these days.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is implementing this temporary closure to ensure public safety. The Philadelphia Police Department and Parks & Rec Rangers will ensure public compliance with the restriction of the trails accessing this area of the Wissahickon Valley.

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  • Sep
    Movie Night: Black Panther
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Parkside Evans Playground, 5300 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Movie Night: Black Panther

    September 24, 2018
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 3 hours
    Parkside Evans Playground, 5300 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    This summer, we’ve partnered with City Council members, Park Friends groups, Advisory Councils, police districts, and civic associations to present more than 40 free movie nights. 

    This movie is presented by the Parkside-Evans Advisory Council.

    Movies starting approximately 15 minutes after sunset. In case of inclement weather, each movie night's rain date will be the following night unless otherwise noted.

    See all Parks and Rec movie nights.
  • Sep
    Schuylkill River Trail Public Meeting
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    D Finnegan Playground, 1231 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

    Schuylkill River Trail Public Meeting

    September 26, 2018
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours
    D Finnegan Playground, 1231 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
    A multi-use trail is being planned to connect the existing trail terminus near Christian Street to the Grays Ferry Crescent at 34th Street. The design team is seeking input from the public on the proposed design, alignment, and amenities. Display boards showing the details of the preliminary designs will be available for review and forms will be provided for the public to provide comments. For more info, please visit If you cannot attend the Public Open House, you can still send comments regarding the plans to or mail them to: Schuylkill River Development Corporation, 2401 Walnut Street, Suite 603, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
  • Sep
    Manayunk Harvest Fest
    12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA

    Manayunk Harvest Fest

    September 29, 2018
    12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 6 hours
    Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA

    Celebrate the fall season with us at the Manayunk Harvest Fest! Bring your family to enjoy a full day of live music, seasonal activities, food vendors, and all things fall in Pretzel Park and all along Main Street. Learn more at: