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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, each other, and fun things to do and see.

Our dedicated staff help manage:

  • Parks, rec centers, playgrounds, and pools.
  • Permits for picnics, sports fields, and important venues.
  • Creative and inclusive programs.
  • Signature city events and important historic and cultural sites.
  • Trees in parks and along the public right of way.
  • Capital and natural lands projects.
  • Recreation paths, trails, and boat launches.
  • Community gardens, farms, and orchards.
  • Special venues such as:
    • Environmental education centers.
    • The Dell Music Center.
    • Ice skating rinks and golf courses.


1515 Arch Street
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive weekend road closures

The City will close Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to vehicular traffic from 7 p.m. on Friday through 7 a.m. on Monday. The drive will be closed to vehicles from the Falls Bridge to Sweetbriar Drive. The weekend closures begin on March 30, 2024 and last until late fall of 2024.

Closing MLK Drive to vehicles on weekends adds to the city’s recreation options. This shared space is great for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Be sure to check out the great views of the river and skyline!


  • Apr
    Nature Tots
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Nature Tots

    April 16, 2024
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hour

    Join us for a story, simple craft, short walk & more. ages 2-5 years w/ adult.  

    $5.00 per child. Adults are free. 

    Register at

  • Apr
    Free Family Fishing
    4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

    Free Family Fishing

    April 17, 2024
    4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, 3 hours
    Meet Discovery Pathways at the Boathouse.  No fishing license or experience necessary!
  • Apr
    Bingo Night/ Fundraiser for Heitzman Basketball
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Heitzman Recreation Center, 3631 Amber St, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

    Bingo Night/ Fundraiser for Heitzman Basketball

    April 19, 2024
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    Heitzman Recreation Center, 3631 Amber St, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA
    Family Bingo Night at Heitzman Recreation Center. Help raise funds to benefit Heitzman Basketball.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $20 in advance and $10 for youth 12 years and under. Adult tickets are $25 at the door and $15 for youth 12 years and under.  Extra Bingo cards are $2 each or $10 for a book. Refreshments will be for sale. Outside food allowed. No alcohol. Prize baskets for kids and adults, raffles, and 50/50.  Win a Google Home, free summer camp tuition, and more!  For more information or to purchase tickets call 215-537-3244 or email