Fees & Reservations
if you have questions regarding the following areas:
Groups that would like to make arrangements to reserve the following courts or fields for group practice or play should contact the National Park Service permit coordinator on 202-690-5152. Completion of an application for a special use permit and adherence to park regulation is required.
The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington offer two areas for community gardening.
For decades, the National Park Service (NPS) picnic areas in Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park have served as spots where groups have met for celebrations and gatherings.As someone who has enjoyed these sites, we wanted to reach out with information regarding upcoming changes in the reservation system and inform you of our proposal to increase fees. Since 1949, the NPS had an agreement with the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to manage the group picnic area reservations on NPS property at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park.DPR asked the NPS to assume the management of the reservation process for these NPS sites.March 1, 2014, the NPS transferred the reservation process to Recreation.gov, a convenient website used by many national parks and thousands of park visitors across the country. We worked with DPR to ensure that the transition was a smooth one for all park visitors and Washington Area residents.
The reservation fee for a group picnic area had not changed since the early 1990's. In 2013, the National Service solicited public engagement and comment regarding the need to bring its fee in line with the price for similar group picnic areas in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and providing options for full-day and half-day rentals.As proposed to the public in 2013, we began phasing in this increase over 3 years starting in the summer of 2014 with an increase to $25/half day.We are now preparing to implement the second phase of the increase January 1, 2015, at $45/half day, followed by the final increase phase in 2016 to $65/half day.The additional revenue will improve the condition of the picnic areas and the level of service provided to visitors.
The National Park Service hosted two opportunities in late 2013 for the public to learn more about the new permitting system and the proposed fee increase. This letter serves as a reminder of the planned implementation of phase two of the proposal in 2015.The National Park Service is inviting comments during a 21-day public comment period through October 30, 2014, via the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/picnic or submit written comments to:
Attn: COMMENTS - Group Picnic Area Comments
1900 Anacostia Drive, SE Washington, DC 20020
Fort Dupont has three picnic areas that can be reserved for use by groups between May and September of each year.
Did You Know?
The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper(left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.