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Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-245-4676
Washington – The National Park Service is accepting comments from the public on a new reservation and permitting process that is proposed for the volleyball courts located in West Potomac Park, along Parkway Drive. In the past, permitting for these courts was done through the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. Under the new process, the National Park Service will be reserving courts and administering permits online, through www.recreation.gov.
Additionally, there is a new non-refundable fee of $30.00 for a two-hour period of use. The rates were determined following a comparability study of other court fees in the area and will be used to defray the cost incurred in managing the reservation system and maintaining the courts. The issued permit will list the court number, and the date and time of the reservation. A hard copy of the Special Use Permit will be required during the time of use; the permit must be produced and displayed to "bump" and/or keep other players from that court.
How to Comment
The preferred manner for providing comments is via an online form through the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website, used by the agency to manage official correspondence and analyze public comment in the planning process. From the project website (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/volleyball), navigate the menu on the left hand side of the page to "Open for Comment," then "Standard Operating Procedures for Permitting Volleyball Courts," then "Comment Now."
Comments may also be submitted in writing to:
Karen Cucurullo, Acting Superintendent
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Attn: Volleyball Courts
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
Comments must be entered into the website or postmarked by March 20, 2015 to receive consideration. Please be aware that the entire comment submitted – including personal identifying information such as address, phone number, e-mail address – may be made publicly available. Requests to withhold such personal identifying information from public release will be considered, but there is no guarantee that they will be withheld.