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Watkins Recreation Center


The Watkins Recreation Center is a smaller site, co-located with Watkins Elementary School. Centered in the middle of Capitol Hill with a myriad of outdoor opportunities, Watkins provides constituents with a youth sized outdoor pool (summer only), a turf field, a street skate rink, outdoor basketball courts and an outdoor adventured themed playground.

Watkins also provides a host of after-school programs for youth between the ages of 5 - 18 yrs old.

Please note, a valid, government-issued photo ID (driver's/non-driver's license or passport) is required to enter all DPR facilities.

Please note that an approved and paid DPR permit is required for any and all events held at a DPR location (including center, parks, playgrounds, fields, etc.).


Facility Type: Recreation Center
Address: 420 12th Street, SE
Ward: 6
Phone: (202) 724-4468
Hours of Operation: 

Mon - Fri: 3:30 pm - 9 pm
(Closed Sat & Sun)

Area Manager: Dietrich Williams (Area 7)



ADA Accessible:   Yes
ID Required:  Yes 
Senior Programs Offered:  No 
Nearest Metro: Potomac Ave (Blue or Orange)
Parking: Parking lot & street parking
Additional Information:

Register for a program
- DPR Recreation Centers
Permit a DPR facility
Sign up for Nixle Text/Email Alerts
The New DPR Facility Locator Map




Program Information

Amenities & Features

- Basketball Court
- Multipurpose Room
- Playground
- Street Hockey Rink
- Softball Field - 60' Diamond
- Volleyball Court

Photo Gallery & Events

Coming Soon! - Photo Gallery   *   All DPR Events   *   Events at Watkins RC  

If you are interested in holding an event or meeting at this location, please fill out DPR's permit application.  Permits are required for any field or room use, events, parties, community meetings, etc.  Please note, that there are associated fees and requirements

Community Recreation Division

Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009