Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.

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
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov

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Boathouse Row lightings: January-February 2022

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

1/14/2022 – 1/15/22 Green Philadelphia Eagles playoff game
1/20/2022 Green Girl Scouts
2/4/2022 Red American Heart Association
2/15/2022 Blue Angelman Syndrome


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  • Jan
    Winter Tree & Shrub ID
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Winter Tree & Shrub ID

    January 27, 2022
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Adults and older children are welcome to come learn how to identify woody plants in winter.

  • Jan
    Winter Animals Signs and Tracks
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Winter Animals Signs and Tracks

    January 27, 2022
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Take a walk with us and search for signs animals both large and small. Look for holes, tracks, trails, nests, and more. Make plaster casts of tracks, weather permitting.
    Please RSVP on Facebook or at cccec@phila.gov. Part of our Home School series and Early Dismissal programs.

  • Jan
    The Wissahickon In January
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Wissahickon In January

    January 28, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Hiking the Wissahickon in the winter is a unique experience. When most of the leaves are down, we can see clearly from one side of the gorge to the other. Join Andi, Debbie, and Jim on this approximately 4 mile hike as we see what the flora and fauna of the forest looks like in January and visit some places of historical interest.

    Register: https://fow.org/event/the-wissahickon-in-january-22/

    Registration is required for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. We ask all event attendees to bring a mask and mask up if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained during the activity. If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. More information is at fow.org/covid-19.