Picnicking - Sports Fields - Community Gardens
The forests, natural scenery, turf, and other areas of the National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites, have been set aside to provide recreational opportunities as part of the National Park System of Washington D.C. The National Park Service works closely with the District of Columbia in administering special use permits for some of these activities. Click here to find out more about reserving picnic areas, sports fields, and community garden plots.
Did You Know?
As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.