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
Dec9EventFlavors of the Season: A Very Philly Christmas10:00 am to 4:00 pmFairmount Park Historic HousesEvent
Flavors of the Season: A Very Philly ChristmasDecember 9, 201810:00 am to 4:00 pm, 6 hoursFairmount Park Historic HousesmapBring your appetite and culinary curiosity to the historic houses as we celebrate some of Philadelphia's best food purveyors such as Birchtree Catering, John & Kira's, Shane Confectionery, and a very special appearance by Walter Staib from PBS' A Taste of History Enjoy free samples and food demonstrations while taking in the beauty of the houses decorated for the holidays.
Learn more or buy tickets on the Facebook event.
Dec9EventAnnual Holiday Tree Lighting4:30 pm to 5:30 pmFitler Square, Philadelphia, PA, USAEvent
Annual Holiday Tree LightingDecember 9, 20184:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 1 hourFitler Square, Philadelphia, PA, USAmap
Join our families, friends and neighbors, young and old -- around the fountain to see the first lighting of the festive Holiday Trees. Santa will arrive at 5:00 pm with treats for children, hot chocolate, and cider.
Learn more on the Facebook event.
Dec12EventNature's Hidden Surprises: Winter Scavenger Hunt9:30 am to 11:30 amTacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USAEvent
Nature's Hidden Surprises: Winter Scavenger HuntDecember 12, 20189:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 hoursTacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USAmap
Join Environmental Educator Judith Gratz for a free nature walk in Tacony Creek Park. It's a Winter Scavenger Hunt! Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Learn more on the Facebook event.