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 Pages & Links

Jackson Lick Pool

For Inquiries on memberships please call 717-232-3017 or visit the Recreation Portal. Daily Admission is $2 per person for children; $4 for adults. Pool hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6pm.

Jackson Lick Pool (1205 North 6th Street)

Capital Area Greenbelt – Paxtang Parkway Restoration

A new and improved Paxtang Parkway is coming soon to the Capital Area Greenbelt, thanks to a partnership with the City and Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA), and generous funding from PennDOT. Click the button to see more of the design.

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)