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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

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

MLK Trail is now open

MLK Trail is reopened for use! Walkers, runners, and cyclists can now enjoy a wider, safer trail that is more accessible for everyone. Upgrades to the trail include:

  • New signage and on-trail pavement markings.
  • Improved crosswalks and ADA accessible ramps.
  • Redesigns and repaving to avoid existing tree roots.
  • Clearing of dead and damaged trees.
  • Modern drainage systems.
  • New, widened bicycle ramps at key locations to improve access.

Finishing touches to the $1.4 million project will continue through May. 

Look out for a ceremonial ribbon cutting this summer when all work is completed!

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.

Boathouse Row Lightings: 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 19  Purple  National crime victims rights week
 April 22  Green  Earth Day
 April 23  Blue and gold  Philadelphia Union opener
 May 10  Teal  American Lung Association
 May 13  Pink  Neurofibromatosis and high blood pressure  awareness in children
 May 19  Blue and gold  School District of Philadelphia—Our Class, Our     Future Awards
 May 20  Kelly green  Marine Corps Vaccine Clinic Worker Thank You

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:

OUTDOORS

Picnics

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.

Weddings

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.

INDOORS

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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Events

  • May
    8
    Love Your Park Week 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Love Your Park Week 2021

    May 8, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 1 week
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    Love Your Park Week is a week-long celebration of parks across Philadelphia. Register to volunteer at one of dozens of parks across Philadelphia from May 8-16, 2021! More than 80 volunteer Park Friends groups across Philadelphia will be tending gardens and flower beds, caring for trees, and cleaning up our parks after a cold winter. Registration opens April 14, 2021. Please note that all events will be capped at 25 total participants and will follow COVID-19 health protocols per Philadelpha's Department of Public Health. All participants are required to wear masks. Love Your Park Week is made possible with the support of the Knight Foundation, TD Bank, and PECO. https://www.facebook.com/events/318996589574152/
  • May
    15
    Love Your Park - Pennypack on the Delaware
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    Love Your Park - Pennypack on the Delaware

    May 15, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack On The Delaware
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    Volunteers Needed! Join us for a day in the park along the river at Pennypack on the Delaware, as part of the city-wide "LOVE YOUR PARK" celebration. We'll be spreading wood chips and mulch on wooded trails and newly planted trees as well as working on shoreline and park trash cleanup. All ages and abilities welcome. Please pre-register on our google form: https://forms.gle/6bC15SEXzqFGpbx4A. All CDC guidelines will be followed. Meet at the picnic pavilion near the soccer fields! https://www.facebook.com/events/2856035461302691/
  • May
    8
    Love Your Park Week 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Love Your Park Week 2021

    May 8, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 1 week
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    map
    Love Your Park Week is a week-long celebration of parks across Philadelphia. Register to volunteer at one of dozens of parks across Philadelphia from May 8-16, 2021! More than 80 volunteer Park Friends groups across Philadelphia will be tending gardens and flower beds, caring for trees, and cleaning up our parks after a cold winter. Registration opens April 14, 2021. Please note that all events will be capped at 25 total participants and will follow COVID-19 health protocols per Philadelpha's Department of Public Health. All participants are required to wear masks. Love Your Park Week is made possible with the support of the Knight Foundation, TD Bank, and PECO. https://www.facebook.com/events/318996589574152/

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