Admission to Rock Creek Park is free.
Picnic Grove Reservation Information
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 1990s 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, 2013. 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
Athletic Field Reservations
Requests for athletic field reservations may be completed online through the DC Department of Park and Recreation Permit Office: http://dpr.dc.gov/node/496592 . Fees vary.
Other Fee Information
All planetarium programs, environmental education programs, and ranger-led programs (except Horseback Tours) are free.