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

Parks & Rec announces audition dates for upcoming play

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Venice Island Performing Arts Center is seeking performers for a new production. “The Day the Rainbow Broke Up” is an original children’s show by Casey Bell. The show will feature an ensemble cast to play multiple creature roles. Musicians are also encouraged to audition to play musical interludes throughout the play.

Auditions

Adults, teens, and children (age 7 and up) are encouraged to audition. No preparation is required. Amateurs are welcome.

Auditions take place on:
Sunday, January 29, 2023,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Auditions will take place at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street, 19127.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will take place in Manayunk and begin immediately. They will take place two to four times per week.
After March 11, 2023, all cast members need to be available for full cast rehearsals.

About the show

“The seven Colors of the rainbow have a big fight and break up. As the Colors go off to be the rainbow on their own, they encounter creatures from nature who try to show them the beauty and value of a world full of many colors. But will the Colors learn the lesson? Can the rainbow be saved?”


​Performance dates:

Friday, March 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, March 18, 19, 25, and 26, at 2 p.m.

Events

  • Feb
    1
    Wednesday Meditations
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US

    Wednesday Meditations

    February 1, 2023
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US
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    Let's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.

    This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
    Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at wec@phila.gov or 215.685.9285

    Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com , and will open one week before the program.
    This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at WoodsJ@freelibrary.org.

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
    Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi

    For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/995650231056685/
  • Feb
    3
    Salsa & Bachata Dance Party @ LOVE Park
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Salsa & Bachata Dance Party @ LOVE Park

    February 3, 2023
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 3 hours
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Join Siempre Salsa Philly and Dance Republic for a group Dance Lesson immediately followed by the opportunity to "dance the night away" to the sounds of Philly's top Latin DJs and/or the region's best salsa bands.
  • Feb
    8
    Wednesday Meditations
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US

    Wednesday Meditations

    February 8, 2023
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, US
    map
    Let's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.

    This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
    Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at wec@phila.gov or 215.685.9285

    Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com , and will open one week before the program.
    This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at WoodsJ@freelibrary.org.

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
    Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi

    For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/995650231056685/

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