Venue FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours for playground use?

8 am to dusk daily. Hours are subject to change.

Are there restrooms available for public use?

Public restrooms are located adjacent to Field 1 and Field 3.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted on the paved and natural grass areas of The Fields. Owners are required to leash and clean up after their pets at all times. Dogs are NOT permitted on the turf playing fields or the playground.

Can we bring in outside food and beverage?

Food and beverages are permitted in the Pavilion, picnic tables and natural grass areas. They are not permitted on the playing fields or any turf areas. No alcohol is allowed on site unless specifically permitted.

Do I need a permit to use the athletic fields?

All organized activities on the playing fields require a permit. Scheduling and permit application information is available on the Reserve page.

Less formal, non-league sports, pickup play, and recreational activities can use the fields without a permit during scheduled Community Use time. Area community organizations and residents may reserve field time during Community Use time if they meet certain criteria (see Permitting Policies at the RFK Fields website).

How do I sign-up to use the athletic fields?

Organizations can apply for field use during open application permit windows each season. Field allocation will be according to the published criteria. After each window closes, organizations may apply for remaining field time during that season on a first-come-first-served basis.

Users should request permits on the Book a Field page. View season dates and permit application windows on the Season Dates page.

Where is the field use schedule published?

The schedule of field use is published at RFKfields.com, on site at the field office, and distributed monthly via The Fields email list. You can subscribe to this list on the website.

How much does it cost to rent a field or the pavilion?

Field fees can be found on the Field Permits page.
Pavilion fees can be found on the Pavilion Rental page.

Can I rent the Celebration Pavilion?

Yes. All activities at the pavilion require a permit. See the Pavilion Rental page.

Can I reserve the playground or the playground picnic area?

The playground area, including the playground picnic area, is for everyone’s use on a first-come-first-served basis. The playground cannot be reserved, but patrons may reserve the playground picnic area for small gatherings for free. See the Playground and Picnic Area page for more information.

How is field time allocated?

Hours will be allocated according to the following framework:

60% of scheduled hours will be allocated to Amateur Sports Programs (including league/team practices) with priority given to teams/leagues within close proximity to the RFK Campus. Of those scheduled hours, 70% will be dedicated to youth leagues and 30% to adult leagues

20% of scheduled hours will be dedicated to Community Uses — less formal, non-league sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations and groups including “pick-up games.” Regular days/hours will be scheduled and published for Community Uses.

20% of scheduled hours will be set aside for Events DC Programming.

What does Community Use time mean?

Community uses are informal sports and recreational activities open to area families, community organizations, individuals and other groups, including permitted sports activities that are free to participants and/or open to the public, as well as less formal, non-league sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations, groups and individuals. Examples may include “pick-up games,” free fitness classes, public school team practices, and other hosted but free activities.

CRYSP DC will schedule Community Open Play - unprogrammed free play on otherwise unreserved fields. CRYSP DC may also schedule time for sport-specific Pickup Play. Both Community Open Play and Pickup Play will be free and open to the public and will appear on the Reservation Calendar.

Private sports organizations and other organized groups may not hold recurring practices or games during Community Use time. Individuals or organizations may not conduct commercial recreational activities or other paid services during Community Use time. See more at the Community Open Play page.

Can I grill at The Fields at RFK Campus?

No. Grilling and open flames are prohibited throughout the campus.

I have more questions -- who can I reach out to?
Playground Rules

The playground area, open from dawn to dusk daily, is designed and designated for youth, ages 12 and under, with adult supervision. This area, including the playground picnic area (tables next to the playground, under the shaded structure), is for everyone’s use on a first-come-first-served basis. Patrons are expected to be neighborly and share the area. Being the first does not mean being the only.

Patrons may have small birthday parties and other informal social events at the playground picnic area for up to 20 people, for up to two hours, using up to four tables, as long as patrons do not prevent shared use by others who are already there. There is no charge for this use.

Patrons who wish to reserve space at these tables may visit the field office up to 48 hours in advance of their party/gathering. The same 20-person/two-hour/four table limit applies to these reservations.

Patrons assume their own risk when using the playground and the tables next to it.

  • All children under the age of 18 must have adult supervision.
  • Patrons must clean up after themselves before leaving.
  • Confetti, glitter, rice, birdseed, and spray “silly string” are prohibited.
  • As with the entire complex, alcoholic beverages, smoking, and drug use is prohibited.
  • Dogs are not in the playground and adjacent areas but are allowed elsewhere on The Fields complex
  • Barbecuing and open fires are prohibited.
  • Amplified music is prohibited.

Report any concerns to uniformed field staff, who will facilitate the use of the playground and the tables next to the playground.