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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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Lighting project along MLK, Jr. Drive

Construction will begin the week of September 24 along MLK Drive between the Schuylkill River Bridge and Girard Avenue overpass.

Work on the project includes:

  • replacing the light poles with new fiberglass light poles on new foundations
  • new wiring
  • LED roadway and trail lighting
  • LED flood lighting of the falls.

Intermittent lane closures will occur during off-peak hours. Trail closure will occur from Sweet Briar Road to Paine’s Park. Signage will be posted to direct travelers around the work site.

Construction will last through January 2019.

The Streets Department is leading this project.  Streets and Parks & Rec thank residents for their ongoing support of improvement projects and asks for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase.

Boathouse Row lightings

Ever wondered why Boathouse Row was lit a certain color? We’ve got you covered:

  • September 4-6: Green for the start of the Philadelphia Eagles’ season
  • September 14-15: Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Jake’s Dragon Foundation
  • September 20: Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • September 22: Green for Mitochondrial Diseases Awareness Week

Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Valley Park to close temporarily

The City of Philadelphia has announced that beginning this Saturday, August 18, 2018, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, 2018, the Devil’s Pool area of Wissahickon Valley Park will be closed to all public recreational use.

As part of this closure, the Orange Trail and White Trail entrances to the Devil’s Pool site will be closed at both Livezey Lane and at Valley Green Road to ensure that no pedestrian, equestrian, or bicycle access is available to this area. All other trails, parking lots, recreational areas, and amenities throughout the Wissahickon Valley will remain open on these days.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is implementing this temporary closure to ensure public safety. The Philadelphia Police Department and Parks & Rec Rangers will ensure public compliance with the restriction of the trails accessing this area of the Wissahickon Valley.

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  • Sep
    Community Health Fair
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Barrett Playground, 641 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA

    Community Health Fair

    September 22, 2018
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5 hours
    Barrett Playground, 641 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA
    Barrett Playground Advisory Council will be hosting a Community Health Fair, where health and fitness information will be available for the neighborhood. Please bring your own table and chair if you'd like to join!

    Any questions, please contact Tamia Pettus at 267-262-0641 or
  • Sep
    Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Show
    11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Show

    September 22, 2018
    11:00 am to 4:00 pm, 5 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal games, pumpkin painting, apple cidering, crafts and more at this annual festival. Admission is free, with activities pay-as-you-go, typically $0.25 to $1.00. Food and Pumpkins will also be available for sale. To learn more, visit the Facebook event
  • Sep
    Brews at Burholme
    3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Burholme Family Fun Center, 401 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Brews at Burholme

    September 22, 2018
    3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 6 hours
    Burholme Family Fun Center, 401 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
    Join Burholme Park Golf Center and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company for a splendid afternoon in Burholme Park! Come out for an afternoon/evening of special discounts from Burholme Park Golf Center and draft beer from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company! Bring the whole family to check out Ryerss Museum & Library and the park playground beforehand! 

    Can't make this month's Brews at Burholme event? There is one more night to check it out, on October 20th.

    Stay updated on Brews at Burholme Facebook event.