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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.

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1515 Arch Street
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Mar
    5
    Afterschool Adventures: Timberdoodles!
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Afterschool Adventures: Timberdoodles!

    March 5, 2024
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Hike through Verree Meadow to find the fascinating Woodcock. *Pick-up at Champions Playground 910 Tustin St (at Verree) 19111 Registration required at https://forms.gle/xo7kESmUDZiNsyKJA This staff led afterschool program, guides children on adventures in Pennypack Park. We will meet at the Pennypack Environmental Center, then enjoy new adventures each week. Kids can join for one, some, or all adventures. Tuesdays | 4-6 p.m. | Ages 6-12 | $5 per child per day This is a drop off only, outdoor program. Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. This is an all-weather, outdoor program. Please dress for the weather and hiking. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information at phila.gov. TICK CHECK upon return and every day after nature play. Questions? Contact us at pec@phila.gov or 215.685.0470 https://www.facebook.com/events/374397395143709/
  • Mar
    5
    Woodcock Walk at Champions Playground
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Champions Park Playground 910 Tustin St, Philadelphia, PA 19111

    Woodcock Walk at Champions Playground

    March 5, 2024
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    Champions Park Playground 910 Tustin St, Philadelphia, PA 19111
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    Join us as we seek out the American Woodcock AKA Timberdoodle to observe its incredible mating ritual in Verree Meadow. This program is geared towards adults, but young birders able to quietly observe are welcome. Teens & Adults Only. Free. Registration appreciated at https://forms.gle/nxXSp9gz88tSY28XA Parking is available at the center with additional street parking. The center, bathrooms, and picnic areas are all accessible, however, the trails are rocky and uneven. This is an all-weather, outdoor program. Please dress for the weather and hiking. Photos will be taken of participants during this program for use by the Pennypack Environmental Center and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. If you wish to opt out, please let us know before the program. City of Philadelphia Covid-19 information at phila.gov. TICK CHECK upon return and every day after nature play. Questions? Contact us at pec@phila.gov or 215.685.0470 https://www.facebook.com/events/901522061195485/
  • Mar
    6
    Wednesday Noon Bird Walks
    12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House

    Wednesday Noon Bird Walks

    March 6, 2024
    12:00 pm to 1:15 pm, 1 hour
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House
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    Enjoy a guided bird walk in the Andorra Natural Area during lunchtime! The winter is an excellent time for birding, as the Wissahickon is host to many boreal forest species like juncos, sparrows, and sapsuckers. If it's too cold, we will stay inside and watch the feeders! We are partnering with the Andorra Library. They will have birding backpacks available for your use! https://www.facebook.com/events/373620365014315/?event_time_id=373620385014313

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