All group activities of 25 or more people in Rock Creek must be registered under a special use permit. For more information call our Special Park Uses Ranger at (202) 895-6000 or e-mail us.
Picnic Grove Reservations
The following picnic groves require reservations for events between May 1 and November 30: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 24.
Rock Creek Park picnic grove reservations may be made online at www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET).
Review our picnic regulations [PDF].
Special Park Use Permits
Permits for First Amendment rights demonstrations, special events, photography, or filming within any park area in the National Capitol Region (NCR) are required by 36 CFR to be processed through the NCR Park Programs Division. To obtain an application, contact 202.245.4715 or visit www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permits.htm. For information on Rock Creek Park areas for these permits, contact the Permits Specialist at 202-895-6013 or email.
Permits for right of way uses, construction, or to use or cross park land are obtained from the Division of Resource Management for Rock Creek Park, 202-895-6000.
Special Use Permits are issued for small wedding ceremonies only and for four different locations in the Park:
To hold a wedding in Rock Creek Park, you must first send a letter to the Superintendent requesting permission to hold a wedding in Rock Creek Park. Your letter should include the following information: location, number of participants, time, acknowledgement of the required $200 fee, and a note stating that you will leave the park site in good condition. Also, please include your phone number, a mailing address, an email address, and a check in the amount of $200.00 made out to the National Park Service. Cash and credit cards are not accepted. The fee for a wedding permit is $200.00. The fee is non-refundable.
The $200 fee covers the cost of processing the permit and a photographer's permit.
Applications and payment must be received at least one month in advance of desired ceremony date.
For more information contact Special Park Uses Ranger at 202-895-6013 or e-mail us
Sports Field Permits
Reservation required sports fields are located at: Rock Creek Tennis Center - 16th & Kennedy Streets - 4 sports fields and Fort Reno - 2 sports fields.
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.
The DPR permit office is located at 1250 U St., NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Please see our web page at https://www.nps.gov/rocr/parkmgmt/researchpermits.htm for further information.
For more information call our Special Park Uses Ranger at (202) 895-6000 or e-mail us.
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Last updated: January 7, 2021