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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10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Cobbs Creek Golf Course to close for renovations

The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation will manage the restoration project. The renovations will take up to three years.
When Cobbs Creek Golf Course opened in 1916, it was one of the finest public courses in the United State. The project will:
  • Restore the course to its original, historic design.
  • Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
  • Create a youth-based community education program. 
While the course is closed, please visit another of Parks & Rec’s golf courses:

Parks & Rec offers free wood chips

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is offering free wood chips through December 2020. They are available for pick up at the Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park.

Philadelphia residents, companies, and non-profits may pick up the free wood chips.

Pick up during open hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Every other Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Upcoming Saturdays in 2020 include:
    • October 31.
    • November 14.

Learn more about the organic materials offered at the Organic Recycling Center.

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  • Oct
    Lookout for Lanternfly
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Lookout for Lanternfly

    October 19, 2020
    7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 2 weeks
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
    Stop by the Tree House before your hike to borrow a fly swatter from our kiosk. If you see a lanternfly, kill it. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is destroying trees and vines throughout our region. With no predator, their population is rapidly growing.

    This NOT an in-person event with Tree House educators, but rather a call for visitors to get grab a flyswatter on their way to the trails, and help us to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly. We look forward to the day when we can hunt lanternflies together or not at all because they are gone. Until then, we hope you are enjoying your days outdoors.

    Please observe all Park rules and CDC guideline, use common sense, and have fun.

    Questions? Email us at Photo: Laura Kennedy
  • Oct
    Fall Thursday Treks
    8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Fall Thursday Treks

    October 22, 2020
    8:00 am to 11:00 am, 3 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
    Thursday morning hikes in Andorra. Registration and masks are required.
    FREE. All ages, skill levels, and paces welcome.

    Join us at the Tree House Thursday mornings for a different hike each week throughout the Andorra Natural Area and beyond.
    Hike route TBA.
    (Route is subject to change. Trekers will be notified.)
    FREE .

    All ages, skill levels, and paces welcome. We split into two groups- Moderate Pace & Educational Pace.

    Meet us at the Tree House 7:45-8:00 a.m. We leave at 8:00 a.m. sharp.
    Registration and masks are required.

    Space is extremely limited. We cannot accept walk-up visitors. Those not registered or wearing masks will be turned away.

    TICK CHECK upon return and everyday after nature play.
    Questions ? Contact us at or 215.685.9285
    City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information

    Registration is required at, and will open one week before the program.
    Composting toilets are closed. There are porta-potties on Northwestern at Forbidden Drive.
    This is an all weather program .

    Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Tree House and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program.
  • Oct
    Learn to Fish - Pleasant Hill Park
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Pleasant Hill Park

    Learn to Fish - Pleasant Hill Park

    October 22, 2020
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hours
    Pleasant Hill Park
    Learn how to catch one of the many fish species found in the tidal Delaware River. Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided. First come, first served. We have rods to loan out and worms for bait. You are welcome to bring your own rod.
    No fishing license necessary; state license requirements are waived for these events. Great for youth & adults who are new or intermediate anglers.

    MEET AT THE PONDS within Pleasant Hill Park (you'll see the ponds on your right-hand side as you enter from Linden Ave. Park in the main park parking lot near the rec center, and use the park paths - about 500ft - to cut through to the ponds)

    **Due to social distancing requirements, everyone MUST pre-register! Participants will be capped at 20 people. Masks required. CDC guidelines will be followed.

    This series is taking place in partnership with MidAtlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Partners