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

Check out our latest newsletter issue

Read our May 2018 newsletter issue to learn about our spring and summer programs and events.

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Vote for Philly in the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign

Now through April 30, you can help get Philadelphia nominated for the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign. If we get the most nominations, one of our parks will receive a $20,000 grant for improvements.

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Sign up to Love Your Park in May

We need more than 2,500 volunteers to help us at our Love Your Park Week service days this May.

Find a volunteer opportunity near you.

Boathouse Row lightings

Have you ever wondered why the lights on Boathouse Row are a certain color? We’re here to help! Below please find a list of lighting themes for April.

  • Every Saturday in April: Blue for the 76ers
  • April 2: Blue for Villanova
  • April 4: Red for Phillies Home Opener
  • April 5, 10, 18, 23, 27: Teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Women Organized Against Rape)
  • April 11: Purple for National Crime Victims Rights Week
  • April 17: Red for World Hemophilia Day
  • April 26: Red for Variety Club, the Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia

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Events

  • Apr
    26
    Parks on Tap Season Launch at Azalea Garden
    11:30 am to 9:00 pm
    Azalea Garden, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

    Parks on Tap Season Launch at Azalea Garden

    April 26, 2018
    11:30 am to 9:00 pm, 10 hours
    Azalea Garden, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
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    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.



    For more information, visit parksontap.com
  • Apr
    27
    Arbor Day Celebration at Fernhill Park
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Fernhill Park, 4600 Morris St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Arbor Day Celebration at Fernhill Park

    April 27, 2018
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1 hour
    Fernhill Park, 4600 Morris St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
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    Join us for Philadelphia’s Arbor Day celebration! Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount ParkConservancy are partnering with local and national organizations to celebrate our urban trees at Philadelphia’shistoric Fernhill Park. Arborists from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will be pruning the many large trees at the park, and doing atree climbing demonstration for the public. Volunteers from the Friends of Fernhill Park and TreePhilly sponsorTD Bank will learn about tree planting and maintenance techniques, plant several new trees, and clean up theentrances to the park. Local school students from Wissahickon Charter School will do fun activities to learnabout trees and tree care, including tree identification, tree climbing, a bird walk, and nature and craft activities. The Arbor Day Foundation and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will present the Cityof Philadelphia with its 42nd Tree City USA Award, and several Philadelphia dignitaries will also attend to supportthe City of Arborly Love!
  • Apr
    27
    Parks on Tap at Azalea Garden
    4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Azalea Garden, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

    Parks on Tap at Azalea Garden

    April 27, 2018
    4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 7 hours
    Azalea Garden, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
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    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.



    For more information, visit parksontap.com

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