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
- 272 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
- 6 golf courses
- 25 public computer centers
Feb23Event120 Years of Integrated Play: Black History Month Celebration10:00 am to 12:00 pmSmith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAEvent
120 Years of Integrated Play: Black History Month CelebrationFebruary 23, 201910:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursSmith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAmapIn celebration of Black History Month, families are invited to attend "120 Years of Integrated Play," a free exhibition of historic photographs and artifacts that highlight Smith’s commitment to the African American community and integrated play spaces since 1899.
Visitors will also enjoy special craft activities and a story collection room where families
can share their memories of playing at Smith. Presented by Ballard Spahr LLP.
Learn more on the Facebook event.
Feb23EventMaple Sugar Day11:00 am to 3:00 pmWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USAEvent
Maple Sugar DayFebruary 23, 201911:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hoursWissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USAmapJoin friends on Forbidden Drive for Wissahickon Valley Park's annual Maple Sugar Day, with maple sugaring demonstrations, taste tests, and treats like pancakes and candy.
Learn more or RSVP on the Facebook event.
Feb26EventMt. Airy Mural Dedication5:15 pm to 6:15 pmMt Airy Playground, 7001 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USAEvent
Mt. Airy Mural DedicationFebruary 26, 20195:15 pm to 6:15 pm, 1 hourMt Airy Playground, 7001 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USAmapMt. Airy Playground, Mural Arts Philly, and Artist Greg Christie invite you to the community dedication of the new indoor mural, Gimble in the Wabe. Come see the beautiful painting!