City updates permit application system for reserving parkland

Glover Park Day is held at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is due to shift to a more user-friendly permit application process this week, and will keep the system open until July 4 for long-term rentals for fall 2017.

New features will allow residents to view the availability of a space (for example, fields, courts or pools) online before requesting a reservation. When a recreation space is listed as “Open for Purchase,” customers can add it to their cart, pay and then immediately receive a permit and receipt, according to a news release.

The new system will be open now through July 4 for athletic permit applications for the fall. During this period, residents can make one-time reservations for long-term permits — for example, a football team seeking to reserve a field every Thursday evening. Applicants will be notified of their permit status the week of July 31. Once that official permit process is over (the agency is accepting no late applications), other residents, teams and leagues will still be able to apply for any available space on a first-come, first-served basis, the release says.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the new permitting system last week at a ribbon-cutting celebrating the $17 million modernization of Kenilworth Recreation Center in Ward 7, which includes a new gym and new outdoor pool.