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
  • 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

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

City releases RFP for city-wide Urban Agriculture Plan

The Fund for Philadelphia, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is seeking consultant services to create the first comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan for Philadelphia. Funding for this Plan is provided by the William Penn Foundation. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the Fund for Philadelphia website: http://www.mayorsfundphila.org/rfp-urban-ag-plan/.

Read the March Parks & Rec newsletter

Read about Philadelphia parks and playgrounds named after influential women, the beginning of Rebuild, and an invasive pest that makes great pesto. Plus upcoming events, job opportunities, and more in the March 2019 Parks & Rec newsletter issue.

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Events

  • Mar
    26
    Stories in the Greenhouse
    10:30 am to 11:00 am
    Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Stories in the Greenhouse

    March 26, 2019
    10:30 am to 11:00 am, 30 mins
    Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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    A nature-themed read aloud for ages 3-5.
  • Mar
    30
    Discovery Day
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Discovery Day

    March 30, 2019
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5 hours
    The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    Come learn and explore the wonders of migration here at The Discover Center!

    Arts and crafts for kids of all ages, including how to make your own binoculars.

    Guided Bird Walks:
    11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.

    Discovery Days are a monthly free, community-based program. 
  • Apr
    6
    A Pysansky Egg Art Workshop
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    A Pysansky Egg Art Workshop

    April 6, 2019
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours
    Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
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    Learn the art of Ukranian Pysansky from local expert Paula Lakota. Bring your own eggs to decorate and we will supply the rest. Any size egg welcome. For ages 8+, children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Reservations require a $5 donation.

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