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
From June 11 to June 19, 2022, FDR Park in South Philadelphia will host the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. During this time:
- The show is expected to have thousands of visitors.
- Most park amenities will remain open and accessible. This includes the bicycle lane, walking paths, tennis courts, athletic fields, skate park, former golf course, and playground.
To accommodate all visitors, Parks & Rec will change the flow of traffic in the park through June 29.
If you would like to visit the park during this time, please:
- Visit the park early in the day.
- Consider walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation.
FDR Park is easily reached by public transportation:
- The NRG Station of SEPTA’s Broad Street Line is only two blocks from the park’s Pattison Avenue entrance.
- Visit SEPTA’s website for schedule information.
If you must drive to FDR Park between now and June 29:
- Parking will be extremely limited.
- Managed parking will be available under I-95 at the southern end of the park.
Traffic flow changes:
- Enter the park using the entrance on Pattison Avenue near Broad Street (1500 Pattison Avenue).
- All traffic will be directed to turn LEFT once inside the park.
- Traffic flow in the park will be reversed. This means you will travel through the park in a clockwise direction. This is the opposite of the usual flow.
- Exit the park at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue.
Wondering why the lights along Boathouse Row are a certain color? Here’s the scoop:
|DATES||COLOR(S)||CAUSE OR ORGANIZATION|
|6/1/2022||Red||Merger of St. Joseph’s Univ. and Univ. of the Sciences|
|6/2/2022||Teal||National Scleroderma Awareness|
|6/4/2022||Blue||Inspira Health Foundation Gala|
|6/5/2022||Orange||Gun violence awareness|
|6/6 and 6/7/2022||Colors of the LGBT flag||LGBT Pride|
|6/8 and 6/9/2022||Blue and gold||Drexel University commencement|
|6/13/2022||Blue and gold||Police Athletic League 75th Anniversary|
|6/14/2022—6/19/2022||Red, green, and black||Juneteenth|
|6/19/2022 (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)||Red||Sickle cell anemia awareness|
|6/19/2022 (1 a.m. to 6 a.m.)||Red, green, and black||Juneteenth|
Jun29EventWednesday Meditations10:00 am to 11:00 am990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, USEvent
Wednesday MeditationsJune 29, 202210:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour990 West Northwestern Avenue, PARKING LOT 1, Philadelphia, 19128, USmapLet's meditate together! We will explore various modalities of meditation in this 6-week program. Meditation has many benefits. It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain. Bring something to sit on such as a pillow, bolster, or mat. Consider sunscreen, insect repellent, and water bottle.
This program is in partnership with the Andorra Library. Adults and Older Teens.
Please bring a mask. This will be indoors until the weather warms up a bit. Questions ? Contact us at email@example.com or 215.685.9285
Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com , and will open one week before the program.
This is an outdoor, almost all weather program. Check Facebook for updates or email JoAnne at WoodsJ@freelibrary.org.
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.
Photos: Tree House Porch by Christina Moresi
For more information on the event and future updates, visit this event's Facebook page.
Jun29EventWeekly Wednesday Clean Up: Tacony Creek Park10:00 am to 12:00 pmRoosevelt Blvd & Rorer St Philadelphia, PA 19120Event
Weekly Wednesday Clean Up: Tacony Creek ParkJune 29, 202210:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursRoosevelt Blvd & Rorer St Philadelphia, PA 19120mapJoin your neighbors and TCP Keepers to clean Tacony Creek Park and its gateways. Location: Tacony Creek Park Gateway: Rorer St & E Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, 19120 Time: 10am to 12pm Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 All tools and supplies will be provided, including work gloves, snacks, and water. Restrooms are not available. Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one. We provide a free reusable water bottle to volunteers. We follow Philadelphia guidelines & will provide masks. 25 person limit for this event. Pre-registration required. Questions? Contact Alex Rosario at Alex@ttfwatershed.org or 215-744-1853. https://www.facebook.com/events/767285847612611/
Jun29EventInternational Mud Day RETURNS!4:00 pm to 7:00 pm300 West Northwestern Avenue,Philadelphia,19118,USEvent
International Mud Day RETURNS!June 29, 20224:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hours300 West Northwestern Avenue,Philadelphia,19118,USmapWe will be celebrating the squishy, slimy, messy world of mud on International Mud Day . Make mud pies, squish the mud between your toes, and prepare to get dirty! Rain or Shine! All ages with adult. Free. Questions ? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.685.9285 City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com or by phone. This is an outdoor, all weather program. Any changes will be communicated by the email address you register with. Guests participate at your own risk. 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. Photo: By Christina Moresi of campers from our last Mud Day in 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/387886149933510/