National Capital Parks-East Operational Changes to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
In response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Public Health Service, is modifying park operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
In areas of substantial or high community transmission, agencies must require all Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside of Federal buildings. As of August 4, 2021 that includes the Washington, DC and Maryland areas. Visitors should utilize the CDC COVID Data Tracker website to determine whether they are located in an area of substantial or high community transmission.
With public health in mind, the following facilities are closed at this time:
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At National Capital Parks-East, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders and the following guidelines to #RecreateResponsibly
Special Use, Picnic, and Athletic Field Permits
National Capital Parks East is again issuing permits for approved demonstrations and special events for groups of 50 or fewer people.
Anacostia Park and Kenilworth Park Athletic and Picnic Fields
Currently we are only accepting applications for Anacostia Park and Kenilworth Park picnic and athletic fields by email. We are not accepting any in person applications. Information on these fields and permit applications are on Anacostia Parks's website. Please email complete applications and any questions to: e-mail us.
Records of Determination for Temporary Facility Closure
Last updated: August 4, 2021