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DPR Inclement Weather Field Closure Policy

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will suspend outdoor facility and field use, including uses subject to an issued permit, for games, practices and other uses whenever field conditions might result in damage to the fields or injury to players.

There are multiple ways to receive field closure updates:

  • Visit dpr.dc.gov where updates will be listed in the facility advisory section on the homepage
  • Call the DPR fields hotline at (202) 671-0331
  • Follow us on Twitter 

District athletic fields are designed and maintained for the enjoyment and use of all residents. The purpose of this policy is to inform the public of certain rules and restrictions for fields to prevent damage to the playing surface and injuries to field users caused by inclement weather or unsafe playing conditions.

An effective field maintenance program and inclement weather closure policy is essential for safety, upkeep, and enjoyment for all DC residents and visitors, field users are asked to adhere to the following rules and procedures.  Groups who use District athletic facilities are expected to assist in protecting their participants and the fields during periods of rain and other inclement weather.  With respect to field quality, it only takes one practice or game to destroy a field that is not ready for play.