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DPR Phase Two Operating Status

As the District continues to progress through Phase Two, many DPR facilities, services, and programs are coming back online. The following is an easy-to-read breakdown of how you can enjoy DPR's programs, services, and facilities during Phase Two.

Update on Outdoor Pools

DPR outdoor pools will not open this summer due to coronavirus (COVID-19). DPR operates 21 outdoor pools throughout the District, which have been closed since a public health emergency was issued on March 16, 2020.

Each pool will now undergo the winterization process, which includes draining and covering.All spray parks and all indoor aquatic centers will remain closed until further notice.

DPR Facilities - What's Open/Closed?

OPEN with Social Distancing Safeguards in place:

• Parks, Open Fields and Green Spaces
• Athletic Fields and Courts
• Dog Parks
• Playgrounds

CLOSED until further notice:
• Indoor Facilities
• Splash Pads, Spray Parks

PROHIBITED on DPR grounds until further notice:
• All organized and high-contact sporting activities, such as football, wrestling, boxing
• Special events and organized practices.

Permits - Available for Limited Activities

DPR is accepting permit applications for our outdoor amenities for groups of no more than 50 persons. Residents can apply for permits for the following activities:
• Birthday parties
• Picnics
• Family Gatherings
• Reunions
• Weddings
• Baby Showers
To apply and pay for a permit today, click here.

DPR Fun & Sun Camps

Fun & Sun Camps are limited, in-person, full-day summer camps. DPR will host these camps at over 25 recreation centers, beginning Monday, July 20. These camps will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.
July 20 - August 28, 2020.

All DPR Camps follow DC Health Safety Guidelines, including social distancing, small group sizes, no shared toys/equipment, and enhanced cleaning of DPR facilities. As part of these guidelines, each camp will be comprised of eight (8) children with two trained camp counselors.Before and Aftercare will not be available. Free Summer Meals will be offered at most locations, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Registration for Fun and Sun Camps is now Live! Click HERE to register:

DPR Camp-At-Home

DPR Camp-At-Home is still in session! To date, Mayor Bowser and DPR have provided families with 5000 fun packs, access to activity guides with dozens of games and exercises, and a feature website that brings all the elements of summer camp together at home.

Join us online at DPRCampatHome.com for fresh content that is updated daily and access to our free Camp-At-Home Activity Guide. Our virtual camp experience features a full day's camp curriculum, complete with video instructions for arts and crafts, exploratory activities, and kids fitness/movement videos.

DPR/DCPL Learning Hubs

To support students' continued learning while school is out, Mayor Muriel Bowser has launched Learning Hubs for DC students.

With support from DPR and DCPL, Learning Hubs will provide families in the District with safe spaces for their children to engage in supervised independent activities. These spaces will provide students with access to internet (and devices in some locations), and offer recommended independent activities based on age group and host site. This Learning Hub will serve students who are rising Kindergarten through 5th graders.

Get your kids out of the house and take advantage of our safe and structured learning environments this summer. Sign up now.

Free Summer Meals

Kids and Teens Eat FREE This Summer
From June 15 through August 28, kids and teens (18 and under) can enjoy FREE nutritious meals, including breakfast and lunch, at 38 locations across the District. Click here to find a meal location near you.

Please note that during Phase Two, it is still prohibited to gather in groups of 50 or more. For more in-depth details regarding DPR's operational status during Phase Two, click on the one pager image below.

The end of the Stay-at-Home Order DOES NOT mean the end of social distancing. Even while you're outside, enjoying a newly reopened DPR park or open space, please adhere to the guidelines below.