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July 17, 2017:
The Pueblo Chieftain: The newest pediatric Rx becoming park time for urban kids

July 17, 2017: tdtnews.com: Children's health: Doctors are now prescribing park visits to children

July 6, 2017: AFRO:  It’s Time to Play Ball

June 30, 2017: The Washington Post: Federal City Council to negotiate lease for federally owned golf courses in D.C.

June 29, 2017: The Washington Times: Bowser speaks at annual Senior Fest

June 29, 2017: AFRO: D.C. Leaders Outline Plans to Combat Summer Crime

June 29, 2017: Philly.com:  What his 'F2G' tattoo means to the Sixers' Markelle Fultz

June 28, 2017: The Washington Post: Changes come to D.C. pools, thanks to Petworth activism

May 26, 2017: U.S. News & World Report: Pools Opening for the Summer in DC

May 25, 2017: NBC4//Sam Ford: D.C. city leaders prepare for summer with focus on jobs, crime, recreation

May 24, 2017: The Washington Post/Perry Stein: Parks in D.C. and Arlington lose ground to West Coast in ranking, report says

May 23, 2017: Sierra Sun Times: President Proposes $11.7 Billion Budget for Interior in FY2018 ...

May 23, 2017: ABC7 News/Sam Ford:  It's been a violent 2 weeks on one street in Southwest D.C.

May 21, 2017: WUSA 9/Elizabeth Jia: KNOW THE LAWS: Dog leash laws in DC, MD and VA

May 18, 2017: The Washington Post: He was paralyzed in a shooting, but she still wanted to marry him. Now that future is gone.

April 12, 2017: Fox 5 - Good Day DC: DC Department of Parks and Recreation Hiring for Summer Jobs

April 12, 2017: WUSA 9: Uncovering the mystery of the sport 'pickleball'

March 22, 2017: The Washington Post: Washington Post An Insider's Guide to the District's Best Indoor Pools


August 15, 2016: NY Times: Will Simone Manuel Inspire More Black Children to Swim

August 11, 2016: The GeorgeTowner: D.C Parks to Begin Closing Spray Parks, Outdoor, Children’s Pools: Volta, Jelleff Pools to Close Aug. 24

August 8, 2016: WTOP.com: Wax Michael Phelps figure stops by DC pool

August 5, 2016: WRC – NBC News 4 Today: http://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/23743040?token=9644a6c7-02fe-44b1-975b-9d35429bc3a3

August 5, 2016: WTTG – Fox 5 News at 5AM: http://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/23743071?token=9644a6c7-02fe-44b1-975b-9d35429bc3a3

August 5, 2016: WTTG - FOX Morning News at 5AM: http://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/23742777?token=9644a6c7-02fe-44b1-975b-9d35429bc3a3

August 5, 2016: Washingtonian.com: Wax Michael Phelps Visits DC Pool


August 5, 2016: Morning Star: Madame Tussauds DC Welcomes Figure of Olympian Michael Phelps Just In Time For Rio

August 2, 2016WJLA:  DC Breeze Rising Stars

July 28, 2016: Washington Post: For inner city youth theres a new game in town Rugby

July 18, 2016: dcist: DPR Is Keeping Spray Parks Open Later To Beat The Revolting Heat

June 23, 2016: ABC7 Story: Youth Boxer Lamar Odoms Toyota Team Player

June 22, 2016: Washington Afro: DC Teen Heads to Junior Olympics

June 20, 2016: Red Tricycle: Beat the Heat! 11 Awesome Spraygrounds to Cool You Down

June 10, 2016: Hola Cultura: Latino culture at Parkview Festival

May 28, 2016: WUSA 9//Nikki Burdine: DC Pools Kick Off the Summer Season 

May 28, 2016: Fox 5: DC Pool Season Kicks Off

May 26, 2016: Washington Post//Perry Stein: D.C. ranked 3rd in best U.S. city parks, Arlington comes in 4th, report says

April 25, 2016: Washington Citypaper: D.C. Government Wants You To Help Foster Urban Bees 

April 25, 2016: dcist: Let It Bee: D.C. Parks And Rec Launches New Urban Beekeeping Program 

April 14, 2016: News 4//Jim Handy: Pickleball is D.C.'s Hottest New Sport

April 7, 2016: dcist: D.C’s Best Playgrounds, As Reviewed By An 8-Year-Old

March 5, 2016: Washington.cbslocal: Best Ways to Utilize D.C’s Parks and Rec Department

March 3, 2016: Fox5//Erin Como: Getting Ready For Summer DC Parks and Recreation Looking for Lifeguards

January 20, 2016: Swimming World Magazine: DC Parks and Recreation to Host Meet in Honor of Black History Month

January 12, 2016: Route Fifty//Michael Grass: Why Many Cities Should Be Envious of D.C.'s Parks and Recreation Programs

January 1, 2016: NBC 4//Tom Sherwood: D.C. to Eliminate Fees at City-Run Fitness Centers


May 23, 2014: Examiner.com: Memorial Day Pool Season begins today

May 23, 2014: Fast Company: Now Doctors Are Prescribing Walks In The Park To Get Us Off Our Butts

May 7, 2014: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief: $30,000 grant for District youths’ summer meals

March 28, 2014: The Washington Informer: D.C. Mayor Gray Cuts the Ribbon for Renovated Douglass Playground

March 25, 2014: Comcast Newsmakers: DPR's Chief of Staff John Stokes discusses the 31st Annual DC Senior Games

March 13, 2014: The Washington InformerDPR Announces Second 2014 Summer Employment Hiring Fair

February 16, 2014: The InTowner: Dupont & Logan Circle Parents Seeking OK for Parks Department Toddler Program at Stead

January 29, 2014: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief on DPR Fun Day and summer camp registration



Winter 2013: American Planning Association Newsletter: Sustainable DC Plan receives National Planning Achievement Award

December 4, 2013: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief: City offers kids day camp during holiday season

November 28, 2013: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief: Parks department holds winter coat drive

November 20, 2013: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief: Parks department seeks feedback on fee proposals

November 19, 2013: The Washington Times: D.C. United's reaches out to community with youth programs

November 14, 2013: Examiner.com: A safe place for children to play

November 3, 2013: NBC4 Washington: D.C. Mayor Celebrates New School Playground Opening

September 25, 2013: The Washington Post: D.C. news in brief: Hamilton Playground reopens with nature design

September 20, 2013: Associated Press on WJLA ABC7: Parking spaces become mini-parks in D.C.

September 10, 2013: The Washington Post: Jesús Aguirre to be D.C.’s new state superintendent for education

September 9, 2013: The Huffington Post: Adorable Dogs Celebrate Doggie Day Swim With End-Of-Summer Pool Party

September 7, 2013: The Washington Post: Doggone fun at D.C. pools (photo gallery)

July 25, 2013: WTOP News: Do you know what you're allowed to wear at the pool?

July 23, 2013: The Washington Post: Watch what you wear to city pools, D.C. parks department warns (blog)

July 7, 2013: National Public Radio: For Kids This Summer, How Safe Is Too Safe?

June 12, 2013: The Washington Informer: Safety Comes First at D.C. Pools

June 5, 2013: The Washington Informer: D.C. Seniors Recognized for Athletic Abilities 

May 24, 2013: WAMU 88.5: Building Better Playgrounds for D.C. Kids


October 12, 2012: The Washington Post: City will renovate 32 playgrounds by next year (blog)