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

Rebuild announces first project to launch, more to come

On May 16, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Vare Recreation Center as the first project to receive investment from Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild), the City’s initiative to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in parks, recreation centers, and libraries across Philadelphia.

Vare serves the Grays Ferry and Point Breeze neighborhoods in South Philadelphia and is home to a variety of beloved neighborhood activities, including popular basketball and gymnastics programs. The center was forced to close in October 2017 after it was deemed unsafe by structural engineers hired by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. On December 4, 2017, the first floor of Vare was re-opened after temporary improvements were made to secure the building. However, the second floor remains closed and Vare will likely need to be shut down again within the next year if more permanent improvements are not made.

With Wednesday’s announcement, the City confirmed that Rebuild will fund a new master plan for Vare, which is expected to launch later this year. The process will include a robust community engagement process so neighbors can help shape what the new site will look like.

Read the full press release about the May 16 Rebuild announcement.

Just released: 2018 Dell Music Center schedule

East Fairmount Park’s open-air amphitheater is back for another summer of entertainment!

This summer’s Essence of Entertainment concert series will include performances from Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, Patti Labelle, Charlie Wilson, Gregory Porter, Talib Kweli, Kool and The Gang, En Vouge, Lyfe Jennings, Avery Sunshine, and more.

In addition, the Dell will host movie nights, PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Visit the Dell Music Center website for more details on the 2018 schedule.

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Events

  • May
    20
    Parks on Tap at Fernhill Park
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Fernhill Park, 4600 Morris St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Parks on Tap at Fernhill Park

    May 20, 2018
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 10 hours
    Fernhill Park, 4600 Morris St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
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    Description:The beer garden that gives back created by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with FCM Hospitality will be back for a third season, the longest to date, running for 23 weeks from April 25 through September 30.Kicking off at the Azalea Garden at noon on April 25, each week Parks on Tap will travel to a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stay through Sunday, offering a barbecue-inspired menu with rotating seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations will include seating and tables, games, restrooms, and a menu of hot food, salads, and snacks.
  • May
    23
    Parks on Tap at FDR Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Parks on Tap at FDR Park

    May 23, 2018
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
    map
    Description:The beer garden that gives back created by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with FCM Hospitality will be back for a third season, the longest to date, running for 23 weeks from April 25 through September 30.Kicking off at the Azalea Garden at noon on April 25, each week Parks on Tap will travel to a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stay through Sunday, offering a barbecue-inspired menu with rotating seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations will include seating and tables, games, restrooms, and a menu of hot food, salads, and snacks.
  • May
    24
    Parks on Tap at FDR Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Parks on Tap at FDR Park

    May 24, 2018
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
    map
    Description:The beer garden that gives back created by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with FCM Hospitality will be back for a third season, the longest to date, running for 23 weeks from April 25 through September 30.Kicking off at the Azalea Garden at noon on April 25, each week Parks on Tap will travel to a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stay through Sunday, offering a barbecue-inspired menu with rotating seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations will include seating and tables, games, restrooms, and a menu of hot food, salads, and snacks.

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