A citywide curfew will go into effect on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31. View the executive order for more information.

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

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1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Cobbs Creek Golf Course to close for renovations

The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation will manage the restoration project. The renovations will take up to three years.
 
When Cobbs Creek Golf Course opened in 1916, it was one of the finest public courses in the United State. The project will:
  • Restore the course to its original, historic design.
  • Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
  • Create a youth-based community education program. 
While the course is closed, please visit another of Parks & Rec’s golf courses:

Parks & Rec offers free wood chips

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is offering free wood chips through December 2020. They are available for pick up at the Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park.

Philadelphia residents, companies, and non-profits may pick up the free wood chips.

Pick up during open hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Every other Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Upcoming Saturdays in 2020 include:
    • October 31.
    • November 14.

Learn more about the organic materials offered at the Organic Recycling Center.

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Events

  • Oct
    19
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    October 19, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
    map
    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

    Questions? Email us at WEC@phila.gov Photo: Laura Kennedy

    https://www.facebook.com/events/626625381312272/
  • Oct
    30
    Room on the Broom: Storybook Trail
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Room on the Broom: Storybook Trail

    October 30, 2020
    8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 12 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    map
    As we lead up to Halloween, enjoy this storybook walk, telling the story of a kind witch who invites a collection of animals to join her on her broom. The storybook trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The self guided trail begins at the environmental center will head into the meadow and then left into the woods. The trail will lead you back to the center. Please remember to social distance between each page and leave the activity for others to enjoy!!! No need to touch anything and a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature!!
    No Registration Required.


    https://www.facebook.com/events/299418038004279/?event_time_id=299418064670943
  • Oct
    19
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    October 19, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
    map
    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

    Questions? Email us at WEC@phila.gov Photo: Laura Kennedy

    https://www.facebook.com/events/626625381312272/

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