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Memorial Day closures

City of Philadelphia offices, including Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. This includes recreation centers, environmental centers, and older adult centers.

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.

Upcoming events

  • May
    27
    Parks on Tap at FDR Park
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Parks on Tap at FDR Park

    May 27, 2018
    12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 10 hours
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, 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
    28
    Monday Morning Parent Workshops
    8:45 am to 10:00 am
    Southwark School, 1835 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Monday Morning Parent Workshops

    May 28, 2018
    8:45 am to 10:00 am, 1 hour
    Southwark School, 1835 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
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    Workshops are held every Monday morning for Southwark parents and families, topics change each week. For more information, contact Community School Coordinator Beth Dougherty at Beth.Dougherty@phila.gov.
  • May
    30
    LOVE Park Grand Opening
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    LOVE Park Grand Opening

    May 30, 2018
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1 hour
    Love Park, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    LOVE Park is officially reopening! Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrations and activities, music, and food trucks. And don’t miss the inaugural fundraising event hosted by the new Friends of LOVE Park at 6 p.m.
  • May
    30
    Logan School Spring Concert
    4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    Logan School Spring Concert

    May 30, 2018
    4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 2 hours
  • May
    30
    Parks on Tap at Gorgas Park
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Parks on Tap at Gorgas Park

    May 30, 2018
    5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 5 hours
    FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Avenue & South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, 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.

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