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DPR is proud to honor 3 individuals for the 2016 30th Annual Black History Invitiational Swim Meet!

*NEW: DPR is proud to announce this new Field Permits Schedule page.  Field permit holders & interested parties can now see information regarding field status here.  Please note, if a field is showing "no use," you MUST put in a

2017 Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification Information

*The reduced rate application period opened on Monday, January 23, 2017 and will continue throughout the entire summer camp season.

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Please note:
- The Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification period began on Monday, January 23, 2017.
- 2017 Summer Camp Rolling Registration began on Monday, February 27, 2017.

DC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Applications
DC Senior Games

Information about the 34th Annual DC Senior Games (2017) will be posted soon.  #KeepYouPosted

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DPR strives to enhance the quality of life and wellness for District residents and visitors.

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Man sliding into base on a baseball field

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers a number of sports activities for adults to maintain an active lifestyle while engaging with others in their community.

This peaceful pool, set along the banks of the Anacostia River, offers residents of the city swimming lessons, water aerobics, and all sorts of fun activities all summer long.

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DPR provides residents and visitors with safe, well-maintained aquatic facilities and programs.

The Banneker Pool is a very popular venue and one of the most well used pool sites in the city. The large pool accommodates all ages and all levels of swimmers. In 2015, DPR added a concessions stand on the pool deck at this location.

Barry Farm Aquatic Center, formerly an outdoor pool, underwent a complete conversion in 2014 and it is now an indoor facility.  The new indoor Barry Farm pool opened to the public in January 2015 and boasts the only indoor water slide in Ward 8.

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DPR uses the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) to train and certified lifeguards to work at both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities across the District.  

This pool is situated along the Maryland border in the neighborhood of Civic Betterment.


Project Description

This is two phase project that includes stabilization and ADA, in which various site improvements will take place at the site.  

Critter proof Compost Bin

The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost.

We are preparing for the 2017-2018 Cooperative Play season!!!  #DPRCooperativePlay

Through the Cooperative Play Program (Co-op), young children ages 18 months through 4 years old are introduced to a structured play setting with activities that engage the whole child - mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally - in preparation for entering the formal education system.

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Cooperative Play Program 2017-2018 information is now live.  Please visit Cooperative Play 2017-2018 for

2017 DC FSMP Please visit DC FSMP 2017 Dates for upcoming important dates.   Letters of intent are due March 10, 2017.