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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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Spotted lanternfly: what it is and what can you do about it

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) has reached Philadelphia.
 
You may have heard about them on the news. Or perhaps you saw one in person and wondered, “What is that?” 
 
This invasive planthopper is a destructive pest native to China, India, and Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014. The insects threaten agricultural, timber, and ornamental industries. They also threaten trees in our parks and the plants in your backyard.
 
Penn State Extension, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) have joined forces to control and contain the spread of SLFRead more about their efforts.
 
What can you do?

1) If you find an SLF, kill it, and report it immediately:

2) Help stop the spread of the SLF:

For more information, see our 2018 post introducing the SLF and check out this update from this summer about local management efforts.

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Events

  • Sep
    21
    Morning Bird Walk
    8:00 am to 10:00 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Morning Bird Walk

    September 21, 2019
    8:00 am to 10:00 am, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Join us for a walk through the nature sanctuary in search of migrating species of birds. Binoculars are available to borrow. https://www.facebook.com/events/679971269090755/
  • Sep
    21
    We Walk PHL - Northeast Philly - Saturday Mornings
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    We Walk PHL - Northeast Philly - Saturday Mornings

    September 21, 2019
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    Pennypack On The Delaware
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    Take a walk in a beautiful park by the river! Join us for a group stroll around Pennypack on the Delaware every Saturday morning at 9am. Meet the walk leader at the grass pier! Walks are hosted by We Walk PHL https://www.facebook.com/events/482799632533382/?event_time_id=482799649200047
  • Sep
    21
    Cobbs Creek Community Yoga Class
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Cobbs Creek Recreation Center

    Cobbs Creek Community Yoga Class

    September 21, 2019
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    Cobbs Creek Recreation Center
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    Join us every Saturday morning from 10-11am at Cobbs Creek Rec Center. $3 donation, all levels welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/1222331974642319/?event_time_id=1222331991308984

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