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About Programs

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 access your DPR account or sign up to create a new account.

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. Search through the options below to find specific programs that meet your needs and follow them to the registration portal to sign up.

Program Season Registration Dates**:
Spring Season: February 1st
Summer Season: May 1st (Summer 2021 will open May 17, 2021)
Fall Season: Monday, August 9, 2021
School Year: Monday, August 9, 2021
Year Round: Monday, August 9, 2021
Winter Season: November 1st
** If the 1st of the month falls on a weekend, registration will open the following Monday.
Unique Registration Dates:
Tackle Football: Last Monday in February
Summer Camps: Last Monday in February
Cooperative Play: Second Monday in April
Cheerleading: Second Monday in July
Reduced Rate for fee-based programs
DPR provides a reduced rate on fee-based programs for qualifying families. 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. Applicants will be notified during their visit if their application was approved. Qualifying families will receive either a 50% or 75% discount, depending on income level. You can apply for a reduced rate 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.