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Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers District residents hundreds of recreational programs and activities. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy a range of programs. You can exercise and dance at a Zumba class. Meet neighbors and grow fresh produce in a community garden. Enjoy a game of pickleball or slow-pitch softball. Or stay in shape with a swimming class or water aerobics. These are just some examples of the many ways you can take advantage of local parks and other recreational spaces. Best of all? Most of the programs are free for DC residents. Specific programs available to older adults include:
- DC Senior Games
A week long celebration of the District’s finest older athletes.
- Senior Aquatics
Water aerobics and swim lessons.
- Senior Camps
Getaways like the annual Senior Cruise and Senior Fun Camp.
Get involved in the effort to cultivate fresh produce in your neighborhood and fight against food desserts with our community gardens. Or explore the city using our new Geocaching program.
- Leisure Programs
Self-directed programs that feature classic card games and social activities located in neighborhood rec centers.
- Senior Sports
Low-stress, competitive sports for older adults like slowpitch softball, pickleball, and tennis.
- Senior Health & Wellness
Chair exercise, light cardio and walk fit classes.
Using the DPR website
Visit the DPR website now
The DPR website is your portal for accessing and registering for ongoing DPR programs. Additionally, you can use the site to apply for a permit to use the park facilities for a group event or submit maintenance requests.
In order to register for a DPR program, you will need to have an account with DPR. You can create an account by following this link and using the “Create Account” button under the “Account login” instructions. Entering a username and password, as well as emergency contact information, will make it easier for you to register for programs in the future. While your computer may remember the information you submit, it’s also a good idea to write down your username and password in a safe space, so that you will have it each time you go to register or find a program. When you register, you’ll also receive updates with good reminders like when to re-register for a new session of classes.
The registration portal also offers a search function to find different programs and activities. Click on the “Seniors” block in order to access the DPR search directory. Within the directory, you can choose different criteria to narrow your results. Search criteria includes locations, ages, and program type.
To get as broad a selection as possible, choose:
Type: All Types
Subtypes: All Sub Types
Age: All Ages (choosing this group will give you access to intergenerational programs)
Location: All locations, or choose a specific site
Press SEARCH to see available programs.
If you have questions about how to use DPR’s website, or about DPR in general, please contact DPR directly at (202) 673-7647.
In addition to DPR’s main portal, there is also a new website dpr.events, which features unique events for DC residents. Here you might find special events like Senior Spa Day, food festivals, themed dog-park meetups, lectures, and more. The website also highlights upcoming events to stay fit in DC through #FITDC, a comprehensive health and wellness initiative that encourages DC residents to live a healthier lifestyle by linking them to nutrition and physical fitness resources in their communities. Learn more, see upcoming events, and subscribe to their newsletter here.