Permits & Reservations

Commercial Filming & Photography

For more information about commercial filming & photography, visit Commercial Filming & Still Photography (U.S. National Park Service) (

Athletic Fields:
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 for:
  • Fort Dupont: Multipurpose Fields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Baseball Field.
  • Fort Mahan: Multipurpose Field.
  • Fort Davis: Baseball field
  • Fort Greble: Baseball field, Basketball Court
  • Fort Reno: Baseball fields, Tennis Courts
  • Fort Stanton: Football, Basketball Court, Tennis Courts, Baseball fields
Community Gardens:
The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington offer two areas for community gardening.
  • Fort Dupont Community Gardens is located at the corner of Fort Dupont and Fort Davis Drives. Please call 202-829-2163 for information.
  • Fort Stevens Community Gardens is located at 13th Street and Fort Stevens Dr., NW. Please call 202-895-6000 for information.
Picnic Area Reservations:
For the following areas, online reservations are required:
  • Picnic Area #47A at Randle Circle: capacity of 50 people
  • Picnic Area #47 at Randle Circle: capacity of 75 people
  • Historic Earthwork (Lanham Estates) Picnic Area on Alabama Avenue: capacity of 75 people
Restrooms are located in each of these areas. In addition, National Park Service Defenses of Washington feature Non-Reserved, First-Come, First-Served picnic areas at the following locations:
  • Randle Circle, Ridge Picnic Area
  • Bruce Place, Fort Place (in front of the Anacostia Museum)
  • Fort Chaplin Park (on Texas Avenue, SE, between B and C Streets, SE).

Last updated: February 4, 2021

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