Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


The Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center is a beautiful space located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA.  Venice Island ("VI") caters to the arts with its beautiful 250 seat theatre and gives its patrons the ability to enjoy varied indoor and outdoor programming for both adults and children with its diverse amenities. These include: 

Theatre: Our 250 seat state-of-the-art theatre is the perfect space for a variety of artistic showcases. Our comfortable seating, elaborate lighting plot, and excellent acoustics make the performing space flexible for a variety of needs. Since opening, VI has featured plays, musicals, operas, concerts, film festivals, and even a children-focused mayoral debate.  

Multipurpose Rooms:  These two rooms double as dressing rooms for our performance space and are home to a slew of programs run by the Venice Island staff and others.

Spray Garden: For when you want to cool down without taking a swim, Venice Island features a beautiful riverside spray garden. A plethora of sprays, streams, jets, and mists contribute to our green enviornment by watering the tree and plant trenches surrounding the facility. There is a quiet meditation sitting area located at the base of the spray garden that overlooks both the canal and the Schuylkill River.

Outdoor Ampitheater and Sports Courts:  Here you will find an outdoor basketball and volleyball court surrounded by permanent ampitheater seating which is perfect for our outdoor festivities including movie nights and concerts. 

Green Roof:  Venice Island is also equiped with a green roof, which reuses and retains stormwater in unique ways, such as filling cisterns which aid in water consumption, and channeling rain and sprayground runoff to tree and garden trenches throughout the site. 

Take a view of some of our amenities on our facebook page.