Fees & Reservations
There is no entrance fee for Fort Dupont.
There is no fee for picnicking in the following areas, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis:
Randle Circle, only in the triangular area between Randle Circle, Minnesota Avenue and Fort Dupont Drive;
Ridge Picnic Area off Fort Dupont Drive;
Bruce Place, near Battery Ricketts and the Anacostia Museum;
Fort Place (in front of the Anacostia Museum);
and in Fort Chaplin Park (on Texas Avenue between B and C Streets SE).
There is a $7 fee for a 1-day permit, which is required to picnic in picnic areas 47 and 47A at Randle Circle, and at Lanham Estates.
There is no fee to use the multipurpose recreation field, tennis courts, or basketball court on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, if you wish to reserve this field for a group outing, there is a fee of $50.
There is a fee of at least $50 for a permit which is required for special events. The total fee is dependent upon the the type and magnitude of the planned activity.
There is no fee to reserve a community garden plot. However, gardeners must attend an Orientation meeting to obtain a permit.
To Reserve a Picnic Area
Contact the D.C. Department of Parks & Recreation at 202-673-7646.
Fort Dupont has three picnic areas that can be reserved for use by groups from spring to fall of each year.
· Picnic Area #47 at Randle Circle: capacity of 75 people
· Picnic Area #47A at Randle Circle: capacity of 50 people
· Historic Earthwork (Lanham Estates) Picnic Area on Alabama Avenue: capacity of 75 people
Restrooms are located in each of these areas.
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?
Fort Dupont Park is named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont. The commander of the South Atlantic Blockade squadron that won a naval victory at Port Royal, South Carolina in November of 1861. More...