Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

If you live in Philly you have more than 70 swimming pool options to help you cool down.
Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio
June 17, 2019 - 4:55 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Summer fun and safety collide as Philadelphia Parks and Recreation open their pools for the summer. Hot, humid and sticky are just some of the words you can use to describe Philly in the summer. But if you live in Philadelphia, you have more than 70 swimming pool...
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Justin Udo
May 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City Philadelphia has more than 120 parks and green spaces, and during Love Your Park week folks are being encouraged to check them out. “We clean, green, and celebrate all of our public green, said Lindsey Walker with Fairmount Park Conservancy She says the nice...
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Broad Street Run
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Pat Loeb
March 04, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --Runners are already training for the Broad Street Run in two months, but most are probably unaware that there will be a major difference in this year's race. The man who's directed it for more than 20 years has retired. When Jim Marino took over the race in 1998,...
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Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
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Hadas Kuznits
February 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Summer starts for some at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center Saturday. A new program from the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation called Getaway at the Greenhouse aims to bring people to the center for a makeshift "summer oasis dead in...
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Philadelphians are moving and grooving at an innovative hula hoop exercise class, led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
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Justin Udo
February 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — About a year ago, Janice Barbour had a realization: "I'm out of shape." So she decided to do something about it. She started taking hula hoop dancing classes at the Hawthorne rec center in South Philadelphia. "I was trying to find some fitness that could one, fit into...
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Philadelphia skyline from Fairmount Park across the Schuylkill River.
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Rachel Kurland
November 30, 2018 - 4:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has announced expanded curfews for its area parks. Effective Dec. 1 and through March 31, 2019, the Wissahickon Valley, East and West Fairmount Park, Cobbs Creek Park, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Tacony Creek Park, and Pennypack...
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Love Park statue
Credit: Pat Loeb
Rachel Kurland
October 03, 2018 - 8:15 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for somewhere to get married within the next week? Look no further. The Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs — in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Office of the City Representative — is looking for LGBTQ+...
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Philly Playstreets allows residents to apply for a permit to block one-way streets so kids in neighborhoods short on open space have somewhere to play safely.
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Mike Dougherty
August 22, 2018 - 5:36 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the summer winds down, so does a very popular outreach program in Philadelphia. Philly Playstreets allows residents to apply for a permit to block one-way streets so kids in neighborhoods short on open space have somewhere to play safely. Mayor Jim Kenney grew up...
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Devil’s Pool
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Hadas Kuznits
August 16, 2018 - 2:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A hiking trail in the Wissahickon Valley that ends at a popular swimming hole is being closed on weekends from now through the end of September. Katherine Ott Lovell, commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation said Thursday that the city has seen a huge influx...
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Up until Monday, a few pools still had separate free swim times for boys and girls.
Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio
Justin Udo
July 02, 2018 - 3:58 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's out with the old and in with the new for a practice at local public pools that dates back more than five decades. Up until Monday, a few pools still had separate free swim times for boys and girls. "I had no idea that the practice still existed until I heard it...
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