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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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Manayunk Canal Towpath Reopens

The Manayunk Canal Towpath will begin reopening on October 15, 2021. This section of the Schuylkill River Trail, between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue, was temporarily closed for repair due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

The following entrances to the Towpath will begin re-opening to the public on October 15.

  • Lock Street
  • Rector Street
  • Cotton Street
  • Carson Street
  • Green Lane
  • Leverington Street
  • Fountain Street
  • Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue

By October 16, trail users will have full access to the towpath.

Boathouse Row Lightings: October 2021

Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:

10/1/2021 Red Fallen Firefighters
10/2/2021 Blue Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk
10/11/2021 Purple Indigenous Peoples’ Day
10/12/2021 Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
10/13/2021 Green, pink, and blue. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness
10/14/2021 Purple ER Nurses
10/19/2021 Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
10/23/2021 Red Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “ Light the Night” Walk
10/25/2021 Red DEA Red Ribbon Week

Recreational Boating Advisory

Parks & Rec is urging extreme caution for any recreational activity on or along the Schuylkill River while storm damage assessment continues.
River users are reminded that:
  • State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
  • The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
The storm damaged an emergency safety cable that helps prevent recreational boaters or kayakers from accidentally going over the Fairmount Dam. This recreational river advisory will remain in place until the safety line has been replaced.


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  • Oct
    Movies By The River - "Hocus Pocus" at Glen Foerd
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Glen Foerd

    Movies By The River - "Hocus Pocus" at Glen Foerd

    October 19, 2021
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Glen Foerd
    Time to get spooky at Philly's hidden mansion along the Delaware River in Northeast Philly! Join us for a free classic flick. Fun for the whole family. Costumes are optional! 10/19 – Hocus Pocus – (Glen Foerd – 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114)
  • Oct
    10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony

    October 20, 2021
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    So many people and organizations in our watershed community have made significant contributions to improve TTF watershed health in 2021.

    Join us for our 10th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony to recognize our Watershed Heroes and Partner Alliance!

    This year, we’re honoring inspiring Friends, an extraordinary Educator, a hard-working Nonprofit Steward, a devoted Corporate Steward, and someone whose commitment merits our Legacy Award.

    2021 Watershed Milestones Honorees:

    Friend of the TTF Watershed
    Siani Colón
    John Raisch

    TTF Watershed Educator
    David White

    TTF Nonprofit Steward
    Ambrose Liu (Olney Culture Lab)

    TTF Watershed Corporate Steward
    Garfield Refining

    TTF Watershed Legacy Award
    Joyce Miller

    Be inspired by their stories and achievements. Network with clean water leaders!

    The ceremony will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Oct
    Morning Bird Walk with Will
    8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Morning Bird Walk with Will

    October 23, 2021
    8:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Join Will for the end of migration bird walk .