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DPR Athletic Fields

Field of grass with a border of trees

Do you want to play soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, softball or baseball with friends or on a team? The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has 116 athletic fields available for community use and organized play. Review the DPR Athletic Field Inventory for a location suited to your interest and please be sure to adhere to the associated inclement weather policy so that we can maintain the quality of our fields.

Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at athletic fields and playgrounds in District parks. They are welcome if they have leashes everywhere else in our park system. DPR also provides dog parks where pets can run free if they have leashes.

Seasonal Closure

Natural turf fields are offline from the Friday before Thanksgiving until the third Friday in March.

Offline Fields due to Construction or Renovation

Ward Field Closing Date Opening Date
  Taft Field   September 2015
7 Benning Stoddert   August 2015
6 Randall Field August 2015 November 2015
4 Lafayette   2017

Premier Natural Turf Field Permit Restrictions

Ward Field Max Hours/Week Permitted Sports
1 Walter Pierce 30 Youth Soccer, Softball, Youth Baseball, Kickball
1 Banneker - Maury Wills n/a Diamond Sports Only
1 DPR HQ Park n/a Diamond Sports Only
3 Fort Reno 30 (Non baseball and softball) Baseball, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse
3 Guy Mason n/a Diamond Sports Only
3 Stoddert 30 (Non baseball and softball) Youth Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Youth Baseball
3 Chevy Chase Playground n/a Diamond Sports Only
4 Fort Stevens 30 Soccer, Lacrosse
6 Brentwood Hamilton n/a Diamond Sports Only
8 Fort Stanton Lower n/a Diamond Sports Only

Bermuda Field Restoration Periods

To ensure our Bermuda grass fields have sufficient time to grow and repair any worn or bare areas, the Bermuda grass fields listed below are offline during the peak of the Bermuda grass growing season.  This down time also allows our maintenance team to sprigg bare areas which ensures these fields stay at a premier field level.

Ward Field Closed
1 Walter Pierce July - August
3 Fort Reno July - August (Diamond Sports Exempted)
3 Stoddert July - August (Diamond Sports Exempted)
4 Fort Stevens July - August