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

  • Sep
    18
    Parks on Tap: Pretzel Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Friends of Pretzel Park

    Parks on Tap: Pretzel Park

    September 18, 2019
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    Friends of Pretzel Park
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    HOURS: WED + THURS 5 - 10PM FRIDAY 4 - 11PM SATURDAY 1 - 11PM SUNDAY 12 - 10PM ABOUT: Pretzel Park is located in the heart of Manayunk at the corner of Cresson, Cotton and Silverwood Streets. With an unclear history of the park name, it is believed the name Pretzel Park came to be from the pretzel shape of the sidewalks. Since then, the pretzel shape has been recreated as a statue in the park after recent renovations which the Councilman funded. -- Use your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID and receive $1 off your first drink at any Parks on Tap Location! https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/163 -- EVENTS: Wed 9/18 | 5-7PM: Happy Hour with the Friends of Pretzel Park 50% of the proceeds will go to support Pretzel Park. Join Roots2Rise every Thursday from 6-7PM for free yoga in the park! Donations are encouraged and those who donate will receive a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day. WALKING AND BIKING For easy and convenient directions, check out Pretzel Park on GoPhillyGo at https://bit.ly/2GCWOsh PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Accessible via SEPTA regional rail Manayunk/Norristown Line at Manayunk. Also accessible via SEPTA bus route 9 at Ridge Av and Roxboro Av PARKING: Street parking FACEBOOK: Friends of Pretzel Park WEBSITE: WWW.FRIENDSOFPRETZELPARK.ORG https://www.facebook.com/events/375551683295327/
  • Sep
    18
    Yoga for Beginners at Stenton Park
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Stenton

    Yoga for Beginners at Stenton Park

    September 18, 2019
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 1 hour
    Stenton
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    Roots2Rise is coming to Stenton Park! Join Brianne for an 8-week beginners yoga series at the Rec Center. All ages and abilities are welcome! Bring a mat if you have one -- we will have a few available for backup. Pre-registration is not required but can save a little time at the beginning of class. We ask for a $5 donation for each class. You can pay via eventbrite, or cash/venmo in person. https://www.facebook.com/events/357050811896819/?event_time_id=357050818563485
  • Sep
    19
    Fall Thursday Treks
    7:30 am to 8:30 am
    Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Fall Thursday Treks

    September 19, 2019
    7:30 am to 8:30 am, 1 hour
    Wissahickon Environmental Center
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    Join us at the Tree House Thursday mornings for a different hike each week throughout the Andorra Natural Area and beyond. All Weather - Dress for the forecasted weather at 7:30 a.m. FREE. All ages, skill levels, and paces welcome. We split into two groups- Moderate Pace & Education Pace. No registration necessary. Just meet us at the Tree House 7:20-7:29. We leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. Check Facebook Wednesdays for route and distance or email us with questions. TICK CHECK upon return and everyday after nature play. Changes and updates will be posted on Facebook. Check Facebook or contact us at wec@phila.gov or 215.685.9285 before coming out Thursday mornings. https://www.facebook.com/events/535190487219700/

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