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
- 272 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
Dec22EventBreakfast with Santa9:00 am to 1:00 pmHouseman Playground, 5091 Summerdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAEvent
Breakfast with SantaDecember 22, 20189:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hoursHouseman Playground, 5091 Summerdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAmapEat breakfast with Santa and get into the holiday spirit!
Dec22EventWinter Solstice Celebration7:00 pm to 9:00 pmDickinson Square Park, Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USAEvent
Winter Solstice CelebrationDecember 22, 20187:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hoursDickinson Square Park, Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USAmapThis celebration is intended to honor both the dark and light of the winter season, take a breath, relax and reflect in the company of others.
Bring your willingness to participate, a tapered candle, and something you wish to release into the fire.
Learn more on the Facebook event.
Dec31EventFranklin Square Kids’ New Year’s Eve Bash3:00 pm to 8:00 pmFranklin Square, 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USAEvent
Franklin Square Kids’ New Year’s Eve BashDecember 31, 20183:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 5 hoursFranklin Square, 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USAmap
Historic Franklin Square kicks off New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. with craft-making activities for those of all ages. At 6 p.m., the “square drop" unfolds. After, the pavilion hosts an indoor kids’ dance party until 8 p.m.
Learn more about the Holiday Festival and more at historicphiladelphia.org.