Fees & Reservations
Picnics are on a first come first serve basis. All picnic tables and the park node picnic gazebo area (Enter on Nicholson st. NE) are on a first come first serve basis as well.
Please keep in mind of all park rules and regulations.
-No helium filled balloons
Large picnics over 100 attendees need a permit and will be permitted at the North Field in Anacostia Park. Please click HERE for an Anacostia Park Special Use Permit.
Ball Fields and Cookout area
For any reservations concerning the use of Ball Fields, River Terrace or the North Field cookout areas ONLY, in Anacostia Park click HERE for an Anacostia Park Special Use Permit.
Please call (202) 690-5185 If you have any questions.
All Other Permitted Events
If you are planning an event that involves demonstrations, entertainment, foot races/walkathons, education/career fairs and training events, these may require a National Capital Region Special Use Permit.
If your activity does not fall within any of the descriptions above, contact staff at Anacostia Park for a determination. You can call at (202) 690-5185.
National Capital Region Special Use Permit applications may be requested by phone, mail, or in person at the National Park Service National Capital Region - Park Programs Office, 900 Ohio Dr. SW, Washington, DC 20242, phone (202) 245-4715, fax (202) 475-2216. Completed applications should be returned to the park program office for review. Before any special event permit is approved, the group requesting the permit may be asked to meet with National Park Service staff for a logistics meeting. In some cases an insurance bond may be required at the permitees expense prior to approval. For further information and permits around the National Capital Region click HERE.
Reservation applications are accepted beginning January 1 of each year for the coming season.
Did You Know?
Washington DC is is the middle of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Trash and balloons from the neighborhood or park go from the streets to the Bay and oceans where it may kill marine life. Do your part to keep litter in its place. More...