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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Address
1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email parksandrecreation@phila.gov
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Events

  • Dec
    22
    Breakfast with Santa
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Houseman Playground, 5091 Summerdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USA

    Breakfast with Santa

    December 22, 2018
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Houseman Playground, 5091 Summerdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USA
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    Eat breakfast with Santa and get into the holiday spirit!
  • Dec
    22
    Winter Solstice Celebration
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Dickinson Square Park, Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Winter Solstice Celebration

    December 22, 2018
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hours
    Dickinson Square Park, Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
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    This celebration is intended to honor both the dark and light of the winter season, take a breath, relax and reflect in the company of others.

    Bring your willingness to participate, a tapered candle, and something you wish to release into the fire. 


    Learn more on the Facebook event.
  • Dec
    31
    Franklin Square Kids’ New Year’s Eve Bash
    3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Franklin Square, 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    Franklin Square Kids’ New Year’s Eve Bash

    December 31, 2018
    3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 5 hours
    Franklin Square, 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
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    Historic Franklin Square kicks off New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. with craft-making activities for those of all ages. At 6 p.m., the “square drop" unfolds. After, the pavilion hosts an indoor kids’ dance party until 8 p.m. 

    Learn more about the Holiday Festival and more at historicphiladelphia.org.

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