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Apply now to be a firefighter!

Come join the hottest team in town — the Philadelphia Fire Department is recruiting firefighters! You must apply online by October 1. Here are some FAQs about the application process.

Join the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities on July 28

The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities invites you to join “A Year After COVID-19: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Headed?”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar. ASL and Closed Captioning will be provided; to request additional ADA accommodations please email (Claudia.Tasco@phila.gov) or call (215-686-2798) Claudia Tasco by July 16, 2021.

Agenda:

  • 7:00-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and meet our new Executive Director and the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities.
  • 7:10-7:15 p.m.: Update on the ADA Transition Plan.
  • 7:15-7:30 p.m.: Update on current and upcoming work of the Commission.
  • 7:30-7:45 p.m.: Update from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department.
  • 7:45-8:30 p.m.: Public comments; residents and families can share their input to support the work of the Commission going forward.

Parks & Rec Permits Update: Summer 2021

Parks & Rec is accepting permits for most activities in our parks, fields, and recreation facilities.  

Effective immediately, COVID-19 action plans are no longer required as part of the event permit process. This is based on the latest guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health. 

OUTDOORS

Picnics

Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of sites for picnics.

  • Picnic sites serve 20-30 people.
  • Pavilions can hold up to 100 people.

➡️ Get a picnic permit.

Friends and community group events

Parks & Rec issues permits to Park Friends groups and community groups for events at neighborhood parks.  

➡️ Get a Friends and community group event permit

Outdoor recreation and athletics

Parks & Rec fields and courts offer space for group activities. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field.

  • All sports are allowed outdoors.
  • Fields are available for permitted use.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Special events

Any gathering of 100 people or more held at a Parks & Rec site requires a special events permit.

  • These events may require portable toilets, signage, sound systems, and/or city services.
  • Special events include:
    • Public and private events.
    • Festivals.
    • Large athletic events.

          ➡️ Get a permit for a large event for festival.

Weddings

Media projects including videos, photos, and film

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

INDOORS

Indoor recreation and athletics.

Parks & Rec facilities are open for group recreation and athletics. You need a permit to reserve a recreation facility or field for group activity.

  • All sports are allowed indoors.
  • Be sure to follow posted mask guidance.

➡️ Reserve a Parks & Recreation facility or field

Tax abatement deadline is soon approaching

Modifications to tax abatements administered by the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) will take effect on January 1, 2022.

Customers who want to obtain the current tax abatement for their projects must submit their issued building permit and abatement application to OPA on or before December 31, 2021.

To receive your building permit in time to do this, you must file your building permit applications with all pre-requisite approvals by October 1, 2021, to allow adequate time for processing.

For more information about the tax abatement and modifications, review Bill #200653 for commercial construction; Bill # 200366 for residential construction; and the OPA website.

Upcoming events

  • Jul
    25
    Use and Occupancy Tax Due
    All Day

    Use and Occupancy Tax Due

    July 25, 2021
    All Day
  • Jul
    25
    Liquor Tax Due
    All Day

    Liquor Tax Due

    July 25, 2021
    All Day
  • Jul
    6
    30-day Extension to Record Notary Bond/Oath/Commission & Register Signature Ending September 30, 2021
    8:00 am to 3:30 pm

    30-day Extension to Record Notary Bond/Oath/Commission & Register Signature Ending September 30, 2021

    July 6, 2021
    8:00 am to 3:30 pm, 3 months

     
  • Jul
    25
    Trolley Trail Sound Healing Meditation
    8:30 am to 9:30 am
    3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia,PA 19131

    Trolley Trail Sound Healing Meditation

    July 25, 2021
    8:30 am to 9:30 am, 1 hour
    3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia,PA 19131
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    Join us for a one of a kind immersive experience with Bhumi, a sound healing meditation facilitator. Let the soothing sounds of nature meld with rhythmic echos of bowls, reverberating around the archaic stone arches of a Trolley Trail tunnel. Manage your stress, improve your wellbeing, and literally find your grounding on a historic Fairmount Park trail. Meditation bowls will sing sing from where clang clang once went the trolley! Please note: There will be a very short group hike (1/4 mile) along the Trolley Trail leaving from the Organic Recycling Center at 9 am. What is a Sound Bath? Essentially, a sound bath is a meditation class with ambient sound played by the instructor that aims to guide you into a deeper meditative state. Sound baths use siding bowls and other traditional instruments to play repetitive notes at different frequencies to help bring your focus away from your obsessive thoughts. Think of it as an improvised meditative “concert” in the unique setting that combines nature and built environment. TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $10, $15, or $20 ATTENDEE INSTRUCTIONS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: -Please wear sturdy shoes, comfy clothes, and dress according to weather conditions. -bring water and a snack -bring a small meditation cushion, patio chair cushion, old towel, or padded yoga mat that you don’t mind getting a little dirty and you can easily carry with you during the short hike to the location -There are no nearby bathrooms. Please plan accordingly -Appropriate for adults PARKING: there is plenty of free parking. From Ford Rd, enter Recycling Center Drive and pull on the shoulder. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! IMPORTANT: We will leave promptly at scheduled time (9 am). Please arrive at the departure location at least 5 minutes early. Latecomers will not be allowed to join after the group has departed. CAP / COVID PROTOCOL: COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols: This event will be capped at 18 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP. All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund. PRESENTER(S) BIO: Bhumi is a Creative Artist, Sound Healing Meditation Facilitator and Reiki Practitioner based in Philadelphia, PA. She discovered her passion for Holistic Healing while searching for ways to heal herself from various traumas experienced in her past. Being introduced to Reiki and Sound Healing was the catalyst that pivoted her in the right direction towards finding her soul path. She is a nature lover at heart and encourages participants to become grounded in nature through hiking, farming and outdoor meditation. It is her pleasure to provide safe spaces to cultivate healing for our community. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more! https://myphillypark.org/support/become-a-member/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1891921527642302/
  • Jul
    25
    East Fairmount Park Bike Tour
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Lloyd Hall

    East Fairmount Park Bike Tour

    July 25, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Lloyd Hall
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    Join experienced bike tour guide Graham Robb and John Sigmund (FPC’s Public Programs Coordinator) on all levels bike rides highlighting history, hidden gems and the stories of interesting places in East Fairmount Park. TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $20, $30, or $40 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: – This event is BYOB … as in, bring your own bike (and helmet!). No bike? No problem! We’re meeting right next to Wheel Fun Bike Rentals, where FPC members receive a discount – most of the ride is flat, however there will be some hilly sections – Everyone must wear a helmet at all times. Riders who arrive without a helmet will not be permitted to join the tour. -Appropriate for Adults and families with children ages 14 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult. -Please dress according to weather conditions. -Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park) -There are nearby bathrooms available before or after the tour (if absolutely necessary) COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols: -This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP. -Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event. -Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you’re in proximity to others. -If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home. POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: Light rain or shine. Rescheduled in the case of severe weather PRESENTER(S) BIO: Graham Robb is a “retired” lawyer who enjoys biking, hiking, gardening and learning anything new. When he is not officiating high school sports he volunteers much of his time with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity for whom he leads teams of volunteers on builds around the world. A life-long resident of Philadelphia, Graham is something of a history and genealogy buff – having traced his Philadelphia ancestors back to the 1680s – and loves sharing past and current stories about his favorite city. John Sigmund is the Public Programs Coordinator with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, drawing upon his experience as a community organizer, teaching artist, history lover, and urban park enthusiast. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he spent a decade living in Austin, San Antonio, and New York City, but made a happy homecoming to go back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. John has the proud distinction of actually living in Fairmount Park– he and his partner are resident caretakers and tour guides at Woodford Mansion, a National Historic Landmark (built 1756). It has been a truly life-changing opportunity that combines his passion for city history, gardening, community service, and the arts and antiques. The historic house world has also offered him a nearly impossible opportunity for his age– John is the Chair of the “Young Friends of Woodford.” Although Woodford Mansion is his home base, John is an enthusiastic advocate for all of the historic houses in the park system. https://www.facebook.com/events/332931261653993/

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