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
Sep21EventLookout for Lanternfly7:00 am to 7:00 pmWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree HouseEvent
Lookout for LanternflySeptember 21, 20207:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeksWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree HousemapStop 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
Sep23EventDaylight/ Starlight Storybook Trail8:00 am to 8:00 pmPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
Daylight/ Starlight Storybook TrailSeptember 23, 20208:00 am to 8:00 pm, 12 hoursPennypack Environmental CentermapStop by the center to enjoy a self guided storybook walk with your family. The trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The storybook trail begins at the trail to the right of the environmental center (right next to our picnic area), and loops to the right thru the meadow. No Registration Required.
Sep22EventBirding 10110:00 am to 2:30 pmCobbs Creek Community Environmental CenterEvent
Birding 101September 22, 202010:00 am to 2:30 pm, 2 daysCobbs Creek Community Environmental CentermapBIRDING 101
Tuesday & Thursday,
September 22th & 24th
10 am–11:30 am OR 1–2:30 pm
Learn how to use binoculars and identify birds. This outdoor activity will focus on finding and identifying birds in the various habitats of Cobbs Creek Park.
Must RSVP for a specific session.