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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Boathouse Row lighting in honor of Kobe Bryant

Through Friday, January 31, Boathouse Row will be lit purple to honor Kobe Bryant, native son and basketball great. Bryant, born in Philadelphia in 1978, sadly passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020.



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  • Jan
    Junior Duck Stamp Contest
    3:45 pm to 5:45 pm
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center

    Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    January 29, 2020
    3:45 pm to 5:45 pm, 2 hours
    Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center
    Learn about ducks, geese, swans and learn to draw them for the National Wildlife Refuge's Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Includes a trip to John Heinz NWR. For children 1st grade to 8th grade.
  • Jan
    Mommy Me and Nature: Winter Wonders
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Mommy Me and Nature: Winter Wonders

    January 30, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
    Classes for children 2-5 years old with a caregiver. What better way to prepare for Groundhogs Day then to join us for a story and a craft. Discover where all of the animals have gone for winter and when some of them will be waking up. Registration Required. Space is limited.
  • Jan
    Olney Community Yoga Class
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Olney Recreation Center

    Olney Community Yoga Class

    January 31, 2020
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    Olney Recreation Center
    Join us every Friday evening at the Olney Rec Center (100 E. Godfrey Ave) from 7-8pm. Bring a mat, $5 donation, all levels welcome!