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

Expanded park curfew

Effective December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, the following areas of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation system will be closed daily from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 

  • Bartram’s Garden
  • Cobbs Creek Park
  • East and West Fairmount Park
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park
  • Poquessing Creek Park
  • Pennypack Park
  • Tacony Creek Park
  • Wissahickon Valley Park

All trails, parking lots, and other areas in these parks will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian, and vehicular traffic. The curfew will ensure public safety while deer control activities are conducted. Otherwise, City parks are open from dawn to dusk.

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Events

  • Dec
    2
    Morning Bird Walk
    8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Morning Bird Walk

    December 2, 2021
    8:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    join Pete for a morning bird walk through the nature sanctuary to look for winter resident birds.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/368976341570965/
  • Dec
    2
    Wreath Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden
    9:30 am to 4:00 pm
    Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, 19143, United States

    Wreath Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden

    December 2, 2021
    9:30 am to 4:00 pm, 7 hours
    Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, 19143, United States
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    Health reminders: Masks required. If you are sick or concerned about symptoms, please do not volunteer. Public restrooms will be open for the duration of the volunteer day and will be disinfected regularly. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Volunteers will assist Bartram’s Garden staff members in decorating holiday wreaths for the upcoming Handmade Holiday’s event! Funds raised from wreath sales support the Garden and free hands-on programming for 9,000 children and their families each year. This volunteer event will be outdoors in the courtyard and stable yard and inside the Coach House at Bartram’s Garden (located adjacent to the Welcome Center). Rain or shine! Tented outdoor space will be available in the event of rain. Dress warm and cozy! The day will feature snacks and hot beverages for volunteers, plus lively music and firepits to keep toasty! PLEASE NOTE: Each adult must register individually to complete the required waiver.
  • Dec
    2
    Teen Nature Club
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Teen Nature Club

    December 2, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hour
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    Join other nature-interested teens in exploration and reading guided by trained naturalists.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/415179429960410/?event_time_id=415180006627019

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