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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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Boathouse Row Lightings: May 2022

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:

5/6/2022 Green Go Public Gardens Days Recognition
5/9/2022 Teal American Lung Association
5/12/2022 Pink
Neurofibromatosis and pediatric high blood pressure awareness
5/16/2022 Green Art in the Open
5/17/2022 Blue Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

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  • May
    Meadow Exploration
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Meadow Exploration

    May 24, 2022
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Explore the meadow to find insects,
    birds, and flowers that make inhabit
    it. Use sweep nets to catch and identify insects. (Our Home School/Out of School Time programs occur twice weekly.)

    For more information or possible future updates, check the event Facebook page:
  • May
    Yoga on the Pier
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    Yoga on the Pier

    May 24, 2022
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 1 hour
    Pennypack On The Delaware
    Join Riverfront North and Roots2Rise for an all levels outdoor flow at Pennypack on the Delaware, Tuesdays from 7-8 pm! All ages and abilities are welcome.

    ** Find us on the grass pier within the Park (Park access road at 7801 State Rd, just south of Rhawn St.)

    This class is made possible by the Riverfront North Partnership. Class is free but donations are welcome and will help sustain more free and low-cost yoga programming throughout the city.

    Please bring your own mat :)

    Registration encouraged:

    For more information, check the event Facebook page:
  • May
    Wednesday Meditations
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US

    Wednesday Meditations

    May 25, 2022
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US
    Let's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.

    This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
    Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at or 215.685.9285

    Registration is required at , and will open one week before the program.
    This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
    Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi

    For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.