Bureau of Parks & Recreation

About Us

The Bureau of Parks and Recreation enhances the lives of City of Harrisburg residents and visitors by offering quality recreational and leisure activities, cultural experiences and special event programs. We provide a positive environment through the enhancement, maintenance and protection of an extensive public park system to create an environment that is safe, affordable and enriching for all.

We take pride in the fact that our free or low cost, family-friendly entertainment reaches out to a variety of citizens and visitors to truly reflect our diverse community. Through our devoted employees, generous sponsors and obliging volunteers, we are able to conduct some of the most rewarding and successful events in the Central Pennsylvania area. We look forward to continuing to provide a variety of programs and events that provide opportunities for community interaction and enhanced quality of life.

Important Documents & Links

Parks & Playgrounds

The City maintains 25 parks and playgrounds. The largest parks include City Island, Riverfront Park, Reservoir Park and Italian Lake. Please review the park regulations for more information.


  • Braxton Playground (2118 North 7th Street)
  • Capital Area Green Belt (Connecting Riverfront Park, City Island, Reservoir Park and Wildwood Lake (Dauphin County Managed Park)
  • City Island (Middle of the Susquehanna River, entrances at Market and Walnut Streets)
  • Cloverly Heights Playground (1801 Pemberton Street)
  • Gorgas Playground (693 Columbia Street)
  • Hall Manor Playground (Pool) (1413 South 18th Street)
  • Italian Lake (Third and Division Streets)
  • Lottsville Playground (1608 N 5th Street)
  • Morrison/Sunshine Park (12th and Herr Streets)
  • Norwood Playground (2007 Ellsworth Alley)
  • Paxtang Park (191-299 City Park Drive)
  • Penn & Dauphin Playground (Penn and Dauphin Streets)
  • Penn & Sayford Playground (Penn and Sayford Streets)
  • Pleasantview Playground (19th and Forester Streets)
  • Reservoir Park (100 Concert Drive)
  • Riverfront Park (Along the Susquehanna River from Vaughn to Hanna Streets)
  • Royal Terrace Playground (North Summit and King Streets)
  • Shipoke Playground (Race and Conoy Streets)
  • Vernon Street Playground (1509 Vernon Street)
  • Wilson Park (259 Rumson Drive)
  • 4th & Dauphin (4th and Dauphin Streets)
  • 4th & Emerald Playground (4th & Emerald Streets)
  • 7th & Radnor Sports Park (7th and Radnor Streets)
  • 14th & Shoop Playground (North 14th and Shoop Streets)

Playground Design Survey 

The City of Harrisburg is requesting your input regarding the playground design for the “Chutes & Ladders” Play Area.   Online Survey | Printable PDF


City of Harrisburg & Capital Region Water partnership on the Five Site Development project will discuss the project and impact for the community. A few featured topics will be the playground and green infrastructure impact for the City. The team approach will generate 5 new parks & playgrounds when completed with the overall project.

Five Site Development Final Renderings