Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Events at the Performing Arts and Recreation Center 

7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

QUESTIONS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER STAFF?  Call their office at 215-685-3583.

Go to the VIPARC Facebook page for the latest news on all of their events.


PLAY MANAYUNK is coming soon!

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center (7 Lock St, Manayunk)

Come out and PLAY!  PLAY Manayunk, held at the brand-new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, is a celebration of all things recreation, fitness, and fun in Manayunk.  Start off your day right with the Manayunk Mile, a 1-mile fun run right along Main Street starting at 8 am.  At the end of the race, make your way down to the Venice Island amphitheater for the official start of PLAY Manayunk.  Come dressed in your workout best and take part in a Guinness World Record sit-up challenge at 1 pm or our many outdoor recreation activities, including a mini-triathlon, nature walks, kayaking, dragon boating, bike rentals, dance lessons, and much, much more. Bring the kids to our Recess area, complete with old-school kid’s games, crafts, a petting zoo, moon bounce, and face painting.  Expand your health, wellness, and environmental knowledge through our lecture series, and take a break to enjoy live performances and music on our stage.  Wrap up the afternoon with some healthy offerings from our food trucks and a Run to Happy Hour event.  Have dinner and do some shopping on Main Street, and then head back down for Movie Night at Venice Island!

For more information, go to the event website.


Site History

The ribbon cutting at Venice Island, held in October 2014, marked more than ten years of planning and preparation for the Performing Arts and Recreation Center. The Philadelphia Water Department originally committed to building a sewage overflow tank on Lower Venice Island. In response, the community secured funding for planning and invited the City departments to participate in creating a concept that would address the City’s concerns. 

The result is a park, recreation, and performance center that is managed primarily by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. Designed by local landscape architecture firm Andropogon Associates, it is hoped that the park will become a recreational center in the neighborhood and region.

The new park includes state-of-the-art water features that demonstrate water retention in an urban environment, recreational facilities for basketball and outdoor performances, space for a dock, outdoor sculptures, a theater with 250 seats, and a parking lot with over 200 parking spaces. The site is accessed from both Cotton and Lock Streets.

Go to the Philadelphia Water Department website for more information on how the Performing Arts and Recreation Center was constructed.  Or read this great article by Hidden City Philadelphia on its development.