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Posted on: June 29, 2020

M-NCPPC, DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION Announces Additional Amenities Available


Announces Additional Amenities Available 
for Prince George’s County Residents, Visitors

RIVERDALE, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation announces more amenities will be available for Prince George’s County residents and visitors as the Department gradually reopens its facilities to the public.

Effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Department will open: All outdoor pools, with reduced capacity

  • Pools will also have shorter operating hours on July 4. By RESERVATION ONLY using your PARKS DIRECT account. WALK-UPS will NOT be accepted. See our pools reopening plan.
  • Trap and Skeet Center
  • Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Patuxent River Park with limited access to the boat ramp, canoe, and kayak launch dock
  • Playgrounds
  • Select permitted athletic fields. For information on the select fields, patrons should email

Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Department will reopen Cosca, Fairland, and Watkins tennis bubbles with court reservations accepted, starting Thursday, July 2 by phone and online. The tennis bubble at Fairland is the only part of the complex that will open on July 8. The rest of the complex remains closed to the public.

“We continue to follow the guidance of health officials as we make available more recreational activities for our patrons. We are excited to open our pools and provide a variety of activities for all ages as we continue to do our part to keep our community safe,” states M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Bill Tyler.

The Department will also provide expanded services, hours and programs at its three golf courses, including restarting one of its junior golf programs, First Tee. For more details about First Tee, visit

Additionally, the Department is cancelling all of its outdoor festivals and large events through October 31, 2020.

The Department continues to urge residents and visitors to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As a reminder:

  • Outdoor tennis courts are open.
  • Parks and trails remain open for activities such as hiking, biking, or walking.
  • Restrooms and portable toilets remain closed.
  • Cookouts are not permitted in our parks, until further notice.
  • Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited in the parks


Customer Service can be reached at or at 301-699-2255.

The Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram. The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.


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