Philadelphia has an equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system that connects people to each other, to enriching experiences, and to the natural world.
The residents of Philadelphia own a treasure of facilities and resources they have entrusted to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to manage democratically, equitably, and sustainably. Parks & Rec activates and stewards those treasures with programs and services that contribute to the wellness and prosperity of all.
Equity: “Access for all:” We provide accessible, affordable experiences and spaces for all Philadelphians.
Engagement: We engage with residents and each other and prioritize partnerships, stewardship, and responsive customer service.
Experiences: We ensure that our spaces and facilities provide residents with fulfilling and relevant experiences that enrich their lives.
Environment: We protect, preserve, and improve our urban and natural resources to benefit the mental and physical health of our communities.
Empowerment: We empower our staff through leadership and development so they can empower our communities.
Ever-evolving: We adapt and innovate, in order to remain relevant for our changing city.
Excellence: We always go above and beyond, measuring our performance toward continual improvement.
Enjoyment: Our work brings us joy because it brings others joy.