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
  • 5 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Announcements

Cobbs Creek Golf Course to close for renovations

The Cobbs Creek Golf Course will close for an extensive restoration on Friday, October 30.

The Cobbs Creek Foundation will manage the restoration project. The renovations will take up to three years.
 
When Cobbs Creek Golf Course opened in 1916, it was one of the finest public courses in the United State. The project will:
  • Restore the course to its original, historic design.
  • Feature a comprehensive floodplain restoration plan.
  • Create a youth-based community education program. 
While the course is closed, please visit another of Parks & Rec’s golf courses:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive closed to vehicular traffic

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is closed to vehicles until further notice.

The closure:

  • Stretches from East Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval.
  • Will be in place 24 hours a day.
  • Will allow for greater social distancing among trail users.
The City of Philadelphia encourages residents to stay indoors as much as possible. Under current restrictions, parks and trails remain open.
Residents who visit outdoor spaces to recreate should:
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after visiting.

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Events

  • Nov
    28
    Saturday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Tacony Creek Park

    Saturday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park

    November 28, 2020
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    Tacony Creek Park
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    Let's take a healthy stroll in the park together! Join your neighbors every Saturday and Monday morning for a healthy and empowering stroll on the Tacony Creek Park trail as a part of We Walk PHL. On Saturdays & Monday, we meet from 9–10 am near Tacony Creek Park. All are welcome to join us for this free walking group. The trail is a paved, fairly flat Circuit Trail; all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us. Please bring a face mask and keep six feet away from other attendees. We look forward to walking with you! Let us know if you’re coming by emailing doryan@ttfwatershed.org or calling 215-744-1853. https://www.facebook.com/events/217176006335384/?event_time_id=217176139668704
  • Nov
    30
    Monday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    Tacony Creek Park

    Monday Walking Group at Tacony Creek Park

    November 30, 2020
    9:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    Tacony Creek Park
    map
    Let's take a healthy stroll in the park together! Join your neighbors every Saturday and Monday morning for a healthy and empowering stroll on the Tacony Creek Park trail as a part of We Walk PHL. On Saturdays & Monday, we meet from 9–10 am near Tacony Creek Park. All are welcome to join us for this free walking group. The trail is a paved, fairly flat Circuit Trail; all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us. Please bring a face mask and keep six feet away from other attendees. We look forward to walking with you! Let us know if you’re coming by emailing doryan@ttfwatershed.org or calling 215-744-1853. https://www.facebook.com/events/3044947558850964/?event_time_id=3044947705517616
  • Nov
    30
    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    First Snow in the Woods: Storybook Trail

    November 30, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 1 week
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Begins Monday, November 30 at 10am and Ends Monday, December 7 at 2pm In First Snow in the Woods, readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year's first winter storm. The storybook trail will be left for you to enjoy for the week. The self guided trail begins at the environmental center will head into the meadow and the trail will lead you back to the center. No Registration Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/477155906519694/

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