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
Jul20EventThe Oval+ opens10:00 am to 10:00 pmBenjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, USAEvent
The Oval+ opensJuly 20, 201810:00 am to 10:00 pm, 12 hoursBenjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, USAmapThe Oval+ is coming back for its 6th season! The eight acres of public space located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, known as Eakins Oval, transforms into The Oval+, a summer pop-up park with community programming, each summer. The month-long event kicks off on July 20, with entertainment by BEN FM, a movie showing of The Greatest Showman, and more.
Learn more at the www.ovalphl.org.
Jul20EventKidchella Music Festival (2nd of 3 dates)4:00 pm to 8:00 pmSmith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAEvent
Kidchella Music Festival (2nd of 3 dates)July 20, 20184:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 4 hoursSmith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USAmapSmith Memorial Playground & Playhouse’s Kidchella Music Festival features performances by six nationally acclaimed children’s music artists at Smith each summer, as well as a celebration of local youth arts and other fun activities for families.
Learn more or buy your tickets at smithplayground.org
Jul21EventPhiladelphia Orchestra's Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series5:00 pm to 6:00 pmPenn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAEvent
Philadelphia Orchestra's Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert SeriesJuly 21, 20185:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 1 hourPenn Treaty Park, 1301 N Beach St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAmap
Join us at Penn Treaty Park for an afternoon serenade!
The Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series supports the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health, champions music Education, enables broad Access to Orchestra performances, and maximizes impact through Research. By providing access to music for new audiences, the Orchestra strives to strengthen its ties to the city it calls home. These concerts are generously supported by the William Penn Foundation’s New Audiences/New Places grant.
Learn more about the free concert series: https://www.philorch.org/press-room/news/philadelphia-orchestra-announces-free-neighborhood-chamber-concert-series-2017-18#/