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
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Boathouse Row lightings: September/October 2019

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Events

  • Oct
    15
    Exploration Tuesday's: Shelter Building
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Exploration Tuesday's: Shelter Building

    October 15, 2019
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center
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    If your young people enjoy camping (not glamping), building, and exploring ways to respectfully live in nature, October's workshop is just the ticket! Shelter Building is back! This workshop allows young people (and parents too!) to fully engage and create their own shelter right in Wissahickon Park. 👉🏾 How close to water should our shelter be? 👉🏾 What natural materials will work well to protect you from rain or direct sunlight? 👉🏾 How and what will you eat? Where's a good place to store food? 👉🏾 Where will you go to the bathroom? Participants will meet at the Tree House by 1 pm and walk over to the shelter building area. The location is nearby the Tree House but can be challenging to find if you arrive after the group leaves. Registration is required. Here's the link: https://forms.gle/ADZPvibnT3bqhjb8A All young people who will be participating ages 4 and up must be registered. A minimum of 10 young people is required for this workshop. Cost: $10 per youth ($5 per sibling), members $5 per youth. If you decide to drop-in without preregistering, the cost is $15 per youth ($7 per sibling) All payments are collected in cash upon arrival. This is an outdoor event with possible long periods of being on your feet. https://www.facebook.com/events/1269343649914548/
  • Oct
    15
    We Walk PHL - Northeast Philly - Tuesday Nights
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Pennypack On The Delaware

    We Walk PHL - Northeast Philly - Tuesday Nights

    October 15, 2019
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    Pennypack On The Delaware
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    Take a walk in a beautiful park by the river! Join us for a group stroll around Pennypack on the Delaware every Tuesday night at 6pm. Meet the walk leader at the grass pier!

    Walks are hosted by We Walk PHL

    https://www.facebook.com/events/370638927203487/?event_time_id=370638933870153
  • Oct
    16
    After School Nature Walks and Crafts
    3:45 pm to 5:15 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    After School Nature Walks and Crafts

    October 16, 2019
    3:45 pm to 5:15 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
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    Take a walk with us and explore nature. Parents and children kindergarten and up welcome. Each week we will explore a different theme. After the walk, we will engage in a related art activity. https://www.facebook.com/events/486610371917693/?event_time_id=486610385251025

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