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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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Parks & Rec is accepting applications for PlayStreets supervisors

Parks & Rec is now accepting applications for PlayStreets supervisors! This volunteer-led summer meal program is a great way to bring healthy food and safe recreation to children on your block.
To be considered for PlayStreets, you must:
  • Live on a small, one-way street.
  • Take part in the summer food program.
  • Open and close the street to traffic each weekday.
  • Have less than 25 percent of residents submit an objection to the creation of the PlayStreet

Parks & Rec’s Summer Food Service Program provides daily lunches or snacks.

Learn more and apply to host a PlayStreet today:

Parks & Rec’s recreation centers resume hours

On Monday, April 5, most City recreation centers will resume a regular schedule. Daily operations will look different due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Health and safety modification include:
  • No more than two programs or permitted activities allowed at a time.
  • Room capacity limits:
  • 50 person limit in gymnasiums.
  • 25 person limit multipurpose rooms.
  • No walk-ins.
  • Visitors must complete a symptom check.
  • Contact tracing in place.

Boathouse Row Lightings: April-May 2021

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

 Dates   Color  Cause or organization
 April 1 – 2  Red  Phillies home opener
 April 17  Red  Hemophilia awareness
 April 22  Blue and gold  Philadelphia Union opener
 May 10  Teal  American Lung Association


Parks & Rec Permits Update

Parks & Rec is now accepting permits for more activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities. 

Effective March 16, 2021, Parks & Rec will issue permits for the following activities:



Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.

  • Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
  • Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.
  • Current Health guidelines limit social gatherings to 100 people.

➡️ Get a picnic permit.

Friends and community group events

Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.  

➡️ Get a Friends and community group event permit

Outdoor recreation and athletics

Parks & Rec fields and courts offer space for group activities. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field.

  • All sports are allowed outdoors.
  • Fields are available for permitted use.
  • Masks must be worn at all times when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
  • Maximum participation (includes players, coaches, and spectators):
    • 100 people on fields.
    • 50 people on courts.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Special events

  • Parks & Rec Special Events Office will review applications for any event over 100 people.
  • Special event permit applicants must also submit a COVID-19 Operating Plan to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for approval.

          ➡️ Get a permit for a large event for festival.


Media projects including videos, photos, and film

➡️ Use this form to apply for a permit to film or take still photos on Parks & Rec property.


Indoor recreation and athletics.

Parks & Rec facilities are open for group recreation and athletics. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field for group activity.

  • All sports are allowed indoors.
  • Maximum participation (includes players, coaches, and spectators):
    • Gymnasiums: Up to 50 people per gym, 35 for smaller gyms. 
    • Other rooms: permitted to allow at least 40 square feet per person.
  • No more than two indoor programs can be held at the same time in each facility.
  • Indoor permit holders must attend and be responsible for the content of the Standard Operating Procedure Training hosted by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff.
  • All participants will have to complete and sign a screening form.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

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  • Apr
    Dance By The River
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Pleasant Hill Park

    Dance By The River

    April 12, 2021
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    Pleasant Hill Park
    Dance with us in the fresh riverfront air. Our friends from DanceFit will be hosting Monday night outdoor weekly classes at 6pm featuring a mix of Zumba, JazzFit and Barrefit. Classes are free, but a suggested donation of $5 or $10 helps keep the program alive! More details to come... Masks required. CDC recommendations will be followed. Must pre-register via the eventbrite page:
  • Apr
    Volunteer Event: Thursday Stewardship
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Volunteer Event: Thursday Stewardship

    April 15, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Would you like to be part of keeping Wissahickon Valley Park beautiful and sustainable? Then join us for a morning of stewardship on Thursdays! Locations will vary week to week; we will mostly be concentrating on closing social trails in the park that damage habitat and aid in erosion. This work tends to be a little more strenuous than other tasks. Registration is required for this event, and the capacity is limited. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers are required to wear a face covering and maintain a safe 6-foot distance from other people not in their household. If you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please stay home. Bringing your own gloves is highly recommended. Register at! Detailed information and the specific meeting location will be sent by email the day before the event. For more information contact Shawn Green at
  • Apr
    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Frankford Boat Ramp

    Learn to Fish - Frankford Boat Ramp

    April 15, 2021
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Frankford Boat Ramp
    Learn how to catch one of the many fish species found in the tidal Delaware River. Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. We have rods to loan out and worms for bait. You are welcome to bring your own rod. No fishing license necessary; state license requirements are waived for these events. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers. MEET BY THE RAMP within the park. Take the access road just south of Dietz and Watson and follow it to the river. When you hit the river, turn left and you'll see us! **Due to social distancing requirements, everyone MUST pre-register: Participants will be capped at 25 people. Masks required. CDC guidelines will be followed. This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners