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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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Parks & Rec offers free wood chips

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park is offering free wood chips from August 3 to 31.

The free wood chips are available for pick up for Philadelphia residents, companies, and non-profits.

Pick up during open hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8 and Saturday, August 22: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Learn more about the organic materials offered at the Organic Recycling Center.

Love Your Park Summer Cleanups

Join Philadelphia Parks & Rec to keep the City’s parks and waterways free of litter!

Parks & Rec is hosting small, socially distant, family-friendly cleanups in parks this summer.
Volunteers must pre-register and space is limited. Once registered, volunteers will receive:
  • Trash grabbers
  • Bags
  • Gloves 

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    Christmas caroling in Clark Park
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Christmas caroling in Clark Park

    December 20, 2020
    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 1 hour