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Heat Emergency - A heat emergency is in effect for Washington, DC. Residents are urged to take precautions against the heat.
Find cooling centers, spray parks and more information about heat emergencies.


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Reserve space in a DPR facility or park.

Find fun near you.

Become a DPR sponsor or donor.

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Serve your community with DPR.

Critter proof Compost Bin

The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost.

DC Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP), provides free, nutritious meals served to children 18 years of age and younger in low income areas (i.e.

Thank you for your interest in the DC FSMP!!  We are excited to welcome all of the new and returning site locations for the Summer of 2017.

DC FSMP 2017 Dates

DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) 2017 Dates" page for deadlines, training classes and more. Please note that it is not too late to become a Provider Site.

DPR Survey

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DPR strives to enhance the quality of life and wellness for District residents and visitors.

Fall Urban Master Composter Certificate Course

DPR's Urban Gardens Division - Fall Urban Master Composter Certificate Course will train future compost leaders in DC in a variety of composting methods appropriate for urban environments. This short course wil

Kennedy Recreation Center

Visit a DPR location near you.

Pershing Park

Take a walk in the park with DPR.

Find a Pool

Make a splash in a pool near you. 

Garden Carpentry Course
Garden Carpentry Course

DPR's Urban Gardens Division - Garden Carpentry Course is an annual, free, 3 class course (10 hours total) that typically takes place in April and covers all the basics of carpentry needed to build an innovative urban garden.

Garden Tool Share Program
Garden Tool Share Program

We have the tool for you.

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Non-DC residents must purchase a swim pass.

In partnership with Capital Area Food Bank, DPR provides after school supper meals as a part of the Kids' Café program at select DPR locations.

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Every year, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers a variety of exciting urban camping opportunities for youth ages 3 to 17. These opportunities include sports camps, aquatic camps, therapeutic camps, and other day camps.

Common Good City Farm

DPR currently has several partner urban farms.  A partner urban farm is an urban agriculture site that is located on DPR property but is managed and programed by a DPR partner.  These partners are all 501c3 organizations that focus on offering gardening and nutrition programs while incr