A Clarification on DPR Dog Parks, Open Green Spaces; Online Kids’ Fitness Class and More

I just received a DPR Alert email that provides clarification on what is open and closed as far as parks and open spaces. Closed: Playgrounds, rec centers, gated parks and athletic fields. Open: Dog parks, skate parks, trails and open green spaces. Also of interest: There is a kids’ #FITDC class to broadcast on DCN weekdays at 3 p.m.

This matches up with what I’ve seen outside and online: Kingman Field and Dog Park, near my house, are open. I’ve seen pics online of Marion “Turtle” Park locked up.

I could not find a link or page that had the exact same content as the email, so I am pasting the text of the email below.



The District of Columbia Government has extended the modified operating status and prohibition on mass gatherings in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) until April 27, 2020.

To support the efforts of Mayor Muriel Bowser as the District faces an unprecedented health emergency, all DPR facilities, including recreation centers, aquatic centers, and playgrounds, as well as gated parks and athletic fields, are closed. All DPR facilities are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Dog parks, skate parks, trails and open green spaces remain available for use by residents during normal hours.

Although certain outdoor amenities remain open, residents are reminded to continue to practice social distancing, even while outdoors.


Mayor Bowser and DPR have created special #FITDC workout classes that are broadcast on DCN (Channel 16), live on Mayor Bowser’s Twitter, and on Instagram TV @MyFitDC. Join along with the #FITDC team in your living room or take it outside to the yard or an open park (while practicing safe social distancing, of course).

–        #FITDC Seniors Classes – Weekdays (M-F) at 9:00 a.m.

–        #FITDC Kids Classes – Weekdays (M-F) at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the District of Columbia Government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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