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Park Friends groups

Park Friends groups are community-led organizations that partner with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) to make local parks stronger. Together, the partners work to create welcoming community spaces and foster positive experiences with nature.


Typical Friends group activities include:

  • Park cleanup and beautification days.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Organizing recreational and educational programming.
  • Advocating for park improvements.
  • Publicizing important issues.
  • Resource management.

Currently, there are more than 100 active Friends groups that range from large 501(c)(3) organizations with several hundred members to smaller community groups of a few dedicated neighbors.

Get involved

Parks & Rec needs your help. Whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we appreciate it and do all we can to provide services, resources, and training for Friends groups members.

Use the list of Friends groups to contact the Park Friends group nearest you and learn more about its upcoming events, including volunteer workdays and fun activities.

To learn more about beginning and sustaining Park Friends groups, download the Philadelphia Park Friends Group Toolkit.


Contact information

Elisa Ruse-Esposito
(215) 683-3679

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
1515 Arch St., 10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Work Phone: