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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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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Manayunk Canal Towpath Reopens

The Manayunk Canal Towpath will begin reopening on October 15, 2021. This section of the Schuylkill River Trail, between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue, was temporarily closed for repair due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

The following entrances to the Towpath will begin re-opening to the public on October 15.

  • Lock Street
  • Rector Street
  • Cotton Street
  • Carson Street
  • Green Lane
  • Leverington Street
  • Fountain Street
  • Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue

By October 16, trail users will have full access to the towpath.

Boathouse Row Lightings: October 2021

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:

10/1/2021 Red Fallen Firefighters
10/2/2021 Blue Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk
10/11/2021 Purple Indigenous Peoples’ Day
10/12/2021 Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
10/13/2021 Green, pink, and blue. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness
10/14/2021 Purple ER Nurses
10/19/2021 Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
10/23/2021 Red Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “ Light the Night” Walk
10/25/2021 Red DEA Red Ribbon Week

Recreational Boating Advisory

Parks & Rec is urging extreme caution for any recreational activity on or along the Schuylkill River while storm damage assessment continues.
River users are reminded that:
  • State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
  • The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
The storm damaged an emergency safety cable that helps prevent recreational boaters or kayakers from accidentally going over the Fairmount Dam. This recreational river advisory will remain in place until the safety line has been replaced.


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  • Oct
    Day of the Dead Altar at LOVE Park
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Day of the Dead Altar at LOVE Park

    October 22, 2021
    10:00 am to 8:00 pm, 3 weeks
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
    Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a tradition celebrated in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of each November. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and honor their memory.  Come celebrate at Love Park with an altar created by Mexican artist Cesar Viveros.

    PPR - Dia de los Muertos Link
  • Oct
    Morning Bird Walk with Will
    8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Morning Bird Walk with Will

    October 23, 2021
    8:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Join Will for the end of migration bird walk .
  • Oct
    Tree Planting in Tacony Creek Park
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Bingham St and E Ruscomb St Philadelphia, PA 19120

    Tree Planting in Tacony Creek Park

    October 23, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Bingham St and E Ruscomb St Philadelphia, PA 19120
    Help preserve restore the forests of Tacony Creek Park! Join Fairmount Park Conservancy for a tree planting in this beautiful watershed park in lower Northeast Philadelphia. ADDRESS: Bingham St & E Ruscomb St, Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120 (link) This fall, Fairmount Park Conservancy is planting 1,250 trees in parks across Philadelphia, including over 550 in Tacony Creek Park. Project leaders will be on site to guide the work. No experience necessary! Beginners welcome. All tools and materials will be provided, including work gloves (though you’re welcome to bring your own). Please note, restrooms are not available at this location and volunteers should bring plenty of water for themselves. Remember to bring a mask, and to stay home if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days. This event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or thunder.