Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 until further notice

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Animal-free zone, request an

How to make an area of a Parks & Recreation property animal-free.


Dead tree, report a

What to do if you see a dead tree in your neighborhood.

Downed tree, report a

What to do if a tree falls during a storm.


Events in Philadelphia parks

Calendar of special events scheduled to take place in Philadelphia parks and recreation centers.


Friends and community group event permit, get a

This service will help Friends groups and community groups get a permit for an event at a neighborhood park.


Large event or festival permit, get a

Use this permit if you are an event organizer planning an event, or want to use certain equipment.

Lifeguard, become a

Information about becoming a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation lifeguard.


Media permit, apply for a

Use this form to apply for a permit to film or take still photos on Parks & Rec property.


Organic materials, dispose of

How to dispose of mulch, compost, or other organic materials for a cost at the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.

Organic materials, get

How to get free or low-cost compost, mulch, and wood chips at the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.


Parks & Recreation Historic Archive, make an appointment at the

Information about making an appointment at the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Historic Archive.

Parks & Recreation facility or field, reserve a

You need a permit to reserve part of a Parks & Rec facility for group activity. You also need a permit to use outdoor fields for sports.

Parks & Recreation space, use a

Learn about getting a permit to use or reserve a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation space. Permits are recommended for all events.

Parks & Recreation venue, rent a

Rent a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation venue for your event.

Parks & Recreation youth program, enroll in a

How to sign up for a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation youth program.

Philadelphia Activities Fund grant, apply for a

Apply for money from the Philadelphia Activities Fund from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Picnic permit, get a

If you want to reserve a space for a picnic, you'll need to apply for a picnic permit.

Playground or recreation center, find a

Resources to help you find a playground, recreation center, or athletic field in Philadelphia.


Street tree maintenance, request

Request maintenance for a tree on your street.

Street tree, get a

Get a free tree planted on the street in front of your home, business, or other property.

Summer camp, register for

Enroll in a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation summer camp.

Swimming pool, find a

Link to Philadelphia’s free indoor public pools, which are open year-round, and link to list of free outdoor public pools open in summer.


Trail permit, get a

Get a permit to use trails in Philadelphia.

Tree related services

Services related to getting or taking care of street and yard trees.


Wedding ceremony or photo permit, get a

Get a permit to have your wedding ceremony or take wedding photos at popular Parks & Rec sites.


Yard tree, get a

Philadelphia property owners can get a free tree for their yard from TreePhilly.



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