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
  • 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

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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Feb
    23
    120 Years of Integrated Play: Black History Month Celebration
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    120 Years of Integrated Play: Black History Month Celebration

    February 23, 2019
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    In celebration of Black History Month, families are invited to attend "120 Years of Integrated Play," a free exhibition of historic photographs and artifacts that highlight Smith’s commitment to the African American community and integrated play spaces since 1899. 

    Visitors will also enjoy special craft activities and a story collection room where families 
    can share their memories of playing at Smith. Presented by Ballard Spahr LLP.

    Learn more on the Facebook event.
  • Feb
    23
    Maple Sugar Day
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

    Maple Sugar Day

    February 23, 2019
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hours
    Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
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    Join friends on Forbidden Drive for Wissahickon Valley Park's annual Maple Sugar Day, with maple sugaring demonstrations, taste tests, and treats like pancakes and candy.


    Learn more or RSVP on the Facebook event.
  • Feb
    26
    Mt. Airy Mural Dedication
    5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
    Mt Airy Playground, 7001 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

    Mt. Airy Mural Dedication

    February 26, 2019
    5:15 pm to 6:15 pm, 1 hour
    Mt Airy Playground, 7001 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA
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    Mt. Airy Playground, Mural Arts Philly, and Artist Greg Christie invite you to the community dedication of the new indoor mural, Gimble in the Wabe.  Come see the beautiful painting!

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