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The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to offer District residents hundreds of free programs for recreational purposes. No matter what your interests are, DPR likely has an activity, class, sports league, or social network that will allow you to connect with your neighbors and enhance your day-to-day life. And, best of all, most of DPR's great programs are free for DC residents.

Do you have a DPR account? You'll need one to register for programs. Click here to create an account or find out how to recover your login.

Sign up for a program in four easy steps!:

1. Visit our Registration Portal
2. Select an age group
3. Browse location and program type
4. Select a program, add to cart, and proceed to checkout

All program options are organized by age group as well as the type of recreation they provide. To browse all programs, visit To learn more about the options of programs, click below.

Program Season Registration Dates:
Spring Season: March 1, 2023
Summer Season: Aquatics programs registration: May 16, 2023 // All other programs registration: May 17. 2023
Fall Season: August 16, 2023
School Year: August 16, 2023
Year Round: August 16, 2023
Winter Season: November 1, 2023
Unique Registration Dates:
Tackle Football: Last Monday in February
Summer Camps: March 2023
Cooperative Play: Second Monday in April - registration now open!
Cheerleading: Second Monday in July
Reduced Rate for fee-based programs
DPR provides a reduced rate on fee-based programs based on income for qualifying families. You must be approved by DPR to receive the reduced rate before you can register for programs. Once the application is submitted, applicants will be contacted to schedule an appointment to visit DPR's Registration Office with the required supporting documentation to complete their application. Additional details on the reduced rate and a link to the reduced rate form can be found here
Refund Requests 
If you have paid for a program and are no longer able or willing to participate, you may request a refund. Please note that refund requests must be received prior to the start of the program, and certain programs may require refund requests to be received by a specific date. You can submit your refund request here

If you're looking for news or sign up info about a smaller program that is not listed on our website but does take place in a specific DPR facility, click on the Find a FacilityFind a Park, or Find a Pool links and use the contact information on those pages to reach out to DPR staff directly.