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
State law prohibits all recreational boating below the Girard Bridge.
The only exception to this are rowing sweeps and sculls and their attendant safety boats.
Due to storm damage from Hurricane Ida, the Manayunk Canal Towpath is currently closed. The Towpath is the section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Lock Street and Shawmont Avenue.
- Lock Street
- Rector Street
- Cotton Street
- Carson Street
- Green Lane
- Leverington Street
- Fountain Street
- Nixon Street/Shawmont Avenue
While the Towpath is closed, trail users are encouraged to use Shawmont Avenue, Umbria Avenue, Leverington Avenue, and Main Street in Manayunk as a detour. View a map of this on-street detour.
Parks & Rec continues to assess storm damage and flooding impacts from Hurricane Ida. Trail users should:
- Use extreme caution on all trails, parks, and playgrounds.
- Report storm damage on parkland to 311.
Sep20EventPaint & Sip: Welcome Autumn Leaves5:00 pm to 7:00 pmBartram's GardenEvent
Paint & Sip: Welcome Autumn LeavesSeptember 20, 20215:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hoursBartram's GardenmapEnjoy Nature’s artistry as you get to know the unique shapes sported by the leaves of our very special Bartram trees. Get to know some local leaves and include them in a hand painted design of your own creation while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of an outdoor BYO Paint & Sip. $15 Member/$20 Non-member https://2005.blackbaudhosting.com/2005/Paint--Sip-Welcome-Autumn-Leaves $2 SW Neighbors/ACCESS Cardholders https://2005.blackbaudhosting.com/2005/2-Paint--Sip-Autumn-Leaves Workshop takes place outdoors & socially-distanced. Registration is limited. https://www.facebook.com/events/437650040653098/
Sep21EventAnimal Tracks and Signs (Weekly Home School Programs)10:30 am to 1:30 pmCobbs Creek Community Environmental CenterEvent
Animal Tracks and Signs (Weekly Home School Programs)September 21, 202110:30 am to 1:30 pm, 3 hoursCobbs Creek Community Environmental CentermapTake a walk as we search for signs of animals both large and small. Look for holes, tracks, trails, nests, and more. If we find a track, we will make a plaster cast of it. https://www.facebook.com/events/269939851367608/
Sep21EventScience for Seniors1:00 pm to 4:00 pmPennypack Environmental CenterEvent
Science for SeniorsSeptember 21, 20211:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hoursPennypack Environmental CentermapSeniors can join Pete for an edible and useful plants walk in the park. https://www.facebook.com/events/4110827505693093/