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
  • 6 golf courses
  • 25 public computer centers

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

  • Dec
    13
    PEC Teen Advisory Council: Winter Social
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    PEC Teen Advisory Council: Winter Social

    December 13, 2019
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    Teens ages 13 to 17 can join us for bring a friend night, and our annual Potluck dinner. Teens interested in joining can contact PEC for more information. Registration Required. https://www.facebook.com/events/527136581379077/
  • Dec
    13
    Olney Community Yoga Class
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Olney Recreation Center

    Olney Community Yoga Class

    December 13, 2019
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    Olney Recreation Center
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    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! https://www.facebook.com/events/665332853949913/?event_time_id=665332920616573
  • Dec
    14
    Christmas Bird Count & Natural Ornament Craft
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pennypack Environmental Center

    Christmas Bird Count & Natural Ornament Craft

    December 14, 2019
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Pennypack Environmental Center
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    The building will be open from 9am –12pm to explore with ongoing natural ornament crafts. Experience Birders are needed. Please call the center at 215-685-0470 or email peter.kurtz@phila.gov to participate in the bird count. https://www.facebook.com/events/478827186002510/

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