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DPR Announces New Summer Camp Reduced Rate Policies and Procedures for 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced revised policies and procedures for DPR’s Summer Camp Reduced Rate Policy. Federal household income guideline changes went into effect on January 1, 2017. These new income guidelines will be in effect for the 2017 summer camps season.

Beginning on Monday, January 23, 2017, DPR will accept reduced rate applications for its 2017 summer camp season. To apply customers must visit the Summer Camp Office located at Columbia Heights Recreation Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW – Ward 1 with correct documentation to qualify for discount. Summer Camp Office hours of operations are: Monday 9:30am – 7pm; Tuesday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

In addition to the summer camp office, DPR will offer two new locations to apply for reduced rate. These two locations will accept applications from January 23 – May 1, 2017.

  • Barry Farm Recreation Center, 1230 Sumner Road, SE – Ward 8 (Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm; 6:30pm – 8:30pm)
  • Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE – Ward 7 (Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm)

After May 1, 2017, all customers will have to visit the Summer Camp Office located at Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW – 4th Floor – Ward 1

While applications for reduced rate will be accepted beginning Monday, January 23, 2017, camp registration will not open until Monday, February 27, 2017. The goal of the pre-qualification period is to assist residents with completing their reduced rate applications so that they can easily register for camp when registration opens on February 27, 2017. Please note that reduced rate applications will be accepted throughout the entire Summer 2017 season.

DPR can only accept applications for reduced rate in person and applications must be approved for reduced rate prior to registering for camp. If an applicant registers for camp and does not submit a reduced rate application, the applicant will not be eligible to apply for reduced rate and reduced rate refunds will not be issued once camp registration is complete. Reduced rate does not apply to before and after care fees, and does not apply to DPR REC camps.

In order to qualify for a reduced rate for DPR Summer Camps, applicants must be a DC resident and must provide proof of residency and proof of income below the poverty level, according to Federal guidelines. Below are the required materials and current household income levels as established by the U.S. Federal Government (as of 2016-2017) that must be met in order to qualify:

Household Income Levels

Household size
(Parents & Children)
50% Discount
(Total Annual Household
Income before taxes)
75% Discount
(Total Annual Household
Income before taxes)
1 $21,978 $15,444
2 $29,637 $20,826
3 $37,296 $26,208
4 $44,955 $31,590
5 $52,614 $36,972
6 $60,273 $42,354
7 $67,951 $47,749
8 $75,647 $53,157

Reduced rate application (can be completed at the Summer Camp office)

  • A copy of your 2015 or 2016 tax return
  • At least ONE document to prove DC residency (choose one of the following documents):Valid DC-government issued photo ID
    • Pay stub (issued within the last 45 days)
    • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water within the past 2 months)
    • Valid DC Motor Vehicle Registration *
    • Valid lease or rental agreement *
    • A notarized letter signed by the persons with whom you reside that includes your name, your child(ren), and address.
      • Two pieces of mail with your current name, address, and date, must accompany the notarized letter.

DPR Summer Camp office may request birth certificates and/or other income sources including TANF, unemployment benefits, child support payments or SSI; if tax documents are not available.

Applicants should keep in mind that applications can only be considered if accompanied by ALL of the required documentation.

For more information or additional assistance, please contact the DPR Summer Camp office at (202) 671-0372 or [email protected].

About DPR

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contact: Gwendolyn Crump, (202) 288-6027, [email protected]

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.