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


1515 Arch Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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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.

Vote for Philadelphia

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.

New art installation at Lemon Hill Mansion

Jane Irish: Antipodes
April 13-June 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lemon Hill Mansion
3298 Sedgley Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Free admission

Artist Jane Irish will transform historic Lemon Hill Mansion, filling it with a floor-to-ceiling installation of paintings and ceramics.

The installation is a partnership among Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Contemporary, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Friends of Lemon Hill.

Learn more about Jane Irish’s Antipodes art installation.

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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  • Apr
    Arbrew Day Yard Tree Giveaways
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Philadelphia, PA, USA

    Arbrew Day Yard Tree Giveaways

    April 20, 2018
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 3 hours
    Philadelphia, PA, USA

    In partnership with Yards Brewing Company. Pop-up yard tree giveaway event at bars across the city: Devil’s Den, Dawson Street Pub, Frankford Hall, London Grill, Grey Lodge, Whole Foods Market Center City, Whole Foods Market South Street.

    TreePhilly Yard Tree giveaways, hosted in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank, are open to Philadelphia property owners to obtain and plant a free tree in a yard or lawn on private property.  Registration is open through April 8 
    and a variety of species are available, including large shade trees, small flowering trees, and fruit trees.
  • Apr
    Spring Dance Festival
    6:45 pm to 9:15 pm
    Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA

    Spring Dance Festival

    April 20, 2018
    6:45 pm to 9:15 pm, 3 hours
    Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
  • Apr
    Riverfront North Earth Day Festival
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    5202 Levick St, Philadelphia, PA 19135, USA

    Riverfront North Earth Day Festival

    April 21, 2018
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    5202 Levick St, Philadelphia, PA 19135, USA
     In celebration of Earth Day, we will be hosting an all-ages festival in Lardner’s Point Park that will include an outdoor cleanup, environmental demos/vendors/activities, naturalist guided walks/tours and a yoga class. This event is hosted by Riverfront North Partnership (formerly DRCC).