Fees & Reservations
Please be aware of the new changes in the picnic reservation system!
To view the new permitting system and the proposed fee increase Click HERE
Since 1949, the National Park Service has had an agreement with the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to manage the group picnic area reservations on National Park Service property at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park. The NPS will be moving the reservation process to Recreation.gov, a convenient website used by many national parks and thousands of park visitors across the country. The transition to Recreation.gov will be effective March 1, 2014.
As part of the transition, the NPS is exploring an increase to the picnic area reservation fees and the opportunity for picnickers to reserve for half-days. The reservation fee for a group picnic area has not changed since the late 1990's and the proposal would bring the fee in line with the price for similar group picnic areas in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The proposal is to phase the increase over the next three years starting in the summer of 2014 with a reservation fee of $25/half day. Additional phases will occur in 2015 at $45/half day, and 2016 at $65/half day. The additional revenue will improve the condition of the picnic areas and the level of service provided to visitors. We would like to hear your thoughts.
There are two opportunities to meet with NPS staff to learn more about the new permitting system and the proposed fee increase.
December 17, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm
Rock Creek Park Nature Center
5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015
December 18, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fort Dupont Activity Center
3600 F and Minnesota St S.E. Washington, DC 20019
The NPS is inviting public comments during a 30-day public comment period through January 10, 2014. If you wish to comment on this proposal, you may submit comments online at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/picnic or submit comments to:
Attn: COMMENTS - Group Picnic Area Comments
1900 Anacostia Drive, SE
Washington, DC 20020
For more information:
Rock Creek Park: Deanna Ochs (202) 895-6013
Ft. Dupont: Julie Kutruff at (202) 426-5961
To Reserve a Recreational Field
Fort Dupont Park features a multipurpose field, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a baseball diamond. All of these fields and courts are located along Ely Place between Minnesota Avenue SE and Ridge Road. In addition, there is a multipurpose field located in Fort Mahan Park (the access road is located across from the corner of 42nd Street, NE and Eads Street, NE).
Click on the link below to reach the permits page for the National Capital Region. Then click the link titled, "Speical Park Use application for sports activies and wedding ceremonies". Fill out the form, and then contact Fort Dupont Activity Center at 202-426-7723:
To Arrange a Special Event
Permit applications and guidelines for special events are available through the Park Programs Office in the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Click on the link below to reach the permits page for the National Capital Region. Then, click the link titled, "Application for a Public Gathering". Fill out the form, and then contact the Park Programs Office. The office can be reached at (202) 619-7225.
To Obtain a Community Garden Permit
Contact the community gardens coordinator at 202-426-7723.
The Fort Dupont Community Gardens are located at the corner of Fort Dupont and Fort Davis Drives. Applications for permits are received beginning in January of each year.
User fees, reservation recovery, or permit bonds may apply. Contact the park for more information on these charges.
Did You Know?
The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.