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District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation keeps residents active

Acting DPR Director with John Stokes (center)  and Coach Russell "Kim" Williams
Acting DPR Director with John Stokes (center) and Coach Russell "Kim" Williams
Photo by Professor Metze

The District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is ready to serve the customers of the District of Columbia government with a brand new addition to the summer programming offerings for the District of Columbia. Starting on June 30, DPR began to offer evening and late night programming throughout the city.

"Enhancing our quality of life and well-being by participating in recreation and leisure experiences is vital. We become motivated to seek out satisfying encounters with others that are positive and contribute to building strong interpersonal and community relationship. The beneficial outcome of recreational engagement is characterized by feelings of mastery, achievement, exhilaration, acceptance, success, and personal worth. It reinforces a positive self-image," DPR Acting Director Sharia Shanklin said.

"The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies awarded DPR accreditation because of our commitment to organizational excellence and customer service. Further, DPR has the vision to be the national leader in urban recreation and parks administration and to be District residents’ primary source for leisure activity. Throughout the long hot days of summer, DPR has planned summer fun for everyone! The opportunities below are some of the ways DPR provides the ability to MOVE. GROW. BE GREEN through physical activity, personal enrichment and outdoor recreation. I encourage everyone to come out to play at DPR," she said.

DPR is offering the following program: Line Dancing for Adults and Seniors 55 and over.
- Every Tuesday : 6 pm to 7:30 pm : Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St., NE)
- Every Tuesday & Thursday: 6 pm to 8 pm : Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (100 Michigan Ave., NE)
- Every Thursday : 6 pm to 8 pm : Therapeutic Recreation Center (3030 G St., SE)
- Every Thursday : 6 pm to 7:30 pm : Fort Stanton Recreation Center (1812 Erie St., SE)
Registration is not required, just come out and dance!
For more information, call (202) 391-2215.

· Tennis Under the Lights
July 8 - 24 / August 5 - 14 - Every Tuesday & Thursday
9 pm to 12 midnight
Fort Lincoln Tennis Courts
(3201 Fort Lincoln Dr., NE)
Come out and socialize with area tennis players, participate in tennis drills, tennis ladders, match play and more. All ages and playing levels are welcome and every session will have "Pot Luck in the Park" - there will be something for everyone!!
Registration is not required, just come out and play!
For more information, email jeri.ingram@dc.gov.

· Evening Hikes
7 pm to 9 pm
- Thursday, July 10 : Meet up @ Anacostia Recreation Center
(1800 Anacostia Dr., SE)
- Thursday, July 24 : Meet up @ Benning Stoddert Community Center (100 Stoddert Pl., SE)
- Monday, August 4 : Meet up @ Kalorama Recreation Center (1875 Columbia Rd., NW)
Please note that all evening hike's will promptly depart from their respective locations. The July 10/Anacostia hike will take place on the Anacostia River Walk (paved trail); the July 24/Benning Stoddert hike will take place on the Fort Circle Parks Hiker-Biker trail (natural trail); and the August 4/Kalorama hike will take place on the Adams Morgan Heritage trail (paved trail). Wheelchairs, strollers and bikes are encouraged on the paved trail outings. Please be sure to bring water, hat, etc. and wear sturdy shoes.
Registration is not required, just come out and hike!
For more information, call (202) 741-8716.

· Extended Spray Park Hours
Starting Monday, July 14: 10 am to 8 pm

All District spray parks will extend for one additional hour every day. Currently spray parks operate from 10 am to 7 pm. Starting Monday, July 14th, spray parks will operate from 10 am to 8 pm.
For more information, contact DPR Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.

· Community Pool Party
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm
- Friday, July 25: Banneker Pool
(2500 Georgia Ave., NW)
- Friday, August 22: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie St., SE)
Come out and socialize during the evening at two of DPR's popular pools!!
Registration is not required, however standard pool fees, admission, policies and rules do apply.
For more information, contact DPR Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.

· 7 & 7 - Fitness in the Park
July 28 - August 23

Mon, July 28
7 am - Zumba

Noyes Park
10th & Franklin St., NE

Mon, Aug. 4
7 am - Yoga
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Mon, Aug. 11
7 am - Zumba
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Mon, Aug. 18
7 am - Yoga
Chevy Chase Rec

5500 41st St., NW

Mon, July 28
7 pm - Yoga
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Mon, Aug. 4
7 pm - Zumba
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin St., NE

Mon, Aug. 11
7 pm - Yoga
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Mon, Aug. 18
7 pm - Zumba
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Tues, July 29
7 am - Zumba
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Tues, Aug. 5
7 am - Yoga
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin

Tues, Aug. 12
7 am - Zumba
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Tues, Aug. 19
7 am - Yoga
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Tues, July 29
7 pm - Yoga
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Tues, Aug. 5
7 pm - Zumba
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Tues, Aug. 12
7 pm - Yoga
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin St., NE

Tues, Aug. 19
7 pm - Zumba
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Wed, July 30
7 am - Zumba
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Wed, Aug. 6
7 am - Yoga
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Wed, Aug. 13
7 am - Zumba
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin St., NE

Wed, Aug. 20
7 am - Yoga
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Wed, July 30
7 pm - Yoga
Chevy Chase Rec

5500 41st St., NW

Wed, Aug. 6
7 pm - Zumba
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Wed, Aug. 13
7 pm - Yoga
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Wed, Aug. 20
7 pm - Zumba
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin St., NE

Thurs, July 31
7 am - Zumba
Chevy Chase Rec

5500 41st St., NW

Thurs, Aug. 7
7 am - Yoga
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Thurs, Aug. 14
7 am - Zumba
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Thurs, Aug. 21
7 am - Yoga
Noyes Park

10th & Franklin St., NE

Thurs, July 31
7 pm - Yoga
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Thurs, Aug. 7
7 pm - Zumba
Park View

693 Otis Pl., NW

Thurs, Aug. 14
7 pm - Yoga
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Thurs, Aug. 21
7 pm - Zumba
Volta Park

1555 34th St., NW

Fri, Aug. 1
7 am - Zumba
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Fri, Aug. 8
7 am - Yoga
Chevy Chase Rec

5500 41st St., NW

Fri, Aug. 15
7 am - Zumba
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Fri, Aug. 22
7 am - Yoga
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Fri, Aug. 1
7 pm - Yoga
Fort Stanton

1812 Erie St., SE

Fri, Aug. 8
7 pm - Zumba
Hillcrest

3100 Denver St., SE

Fri, Aug. 15
7 pm - Yoga
Chevy Chase Rec

5500 41st St., NW

Fri, Aug. 22
7 pm - Zumba
Harrison

1330 V St., NW

Sat, Aug. 2
7 am - Zumba
Kennedy

1401 7th St., NW

Sat, Aug. 9
7 am - Yoga
Kennedy

1401 7th St., NW

Sat, Aug. 16
7 am - Zumba
Kennedy

1401 7th St., NW

Sat, Aug. 23
7 am - Yoga
Kennedy

1401 7th St., NW

Get ready. Get Set. and Go! to your local parks for a new, free "Fitness in the Park - 7 & 7" program, offering residents opportunities to get outside, improve physical fitness and become #DPRFit. Yoga participants should bring a yoga mat, and all participants should bring water and wear appropriate work out attire and shoes.
For more information call (202) 340-8779.

· Dig In! Herb Potluck Palooza!
Thursday, August 7
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hamilton Recreation Center
(1340 Hamilton St., NW)
Learn to grow fresh herbs on your kitchen windowsill, how to cook with your home-grown herbs and how to compost your food scraps. Please bring an herbaceous dish to share!
This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to sign up!
For more information, call (202) 741-8716.

· Friday Night Boxing Under the Stars
- Friday, August 8 : 6 pm to 10 pm : Barry Farm Basketball Courts
(1230 Sumner Rd., SE)
Friday Night Boxing
- Friday, August 22: 3 pm to 7 pm : Ferebee-Hope Recreation Center
(3999 8th St., SE)
Amateur boxers between the ages of 8 - 25 compete, display their skills and honor the art of boxing. Both events are sanctioned by USA Boxing/Potomac Valley Association and the DC Boxing Commission.
For more information, call (202) 207-5396.

· Basketball Leagues:

· Ty Hops Park View Summer Basketball League
June 30 - August 23 : Mon, Wed & Fri
7 pm to 12 midnight
Park View Community Center
(693 Otis Pl., NW)

· Summer Basketball Leagues (Formerly We Own the Night)
- June 30 - August 14 : Mon, Tues & Thurs : 7 pm to 12 midnight
: Kennedy Recreation Center
(1401 7th St., NW)
- July 1 - August 28 : Tues & Thurs : 6 pm to 10 pm
: King Greenleaf Recreation Center
(201 N St., SW)
- July 9 - August 24 : Mon & Wed : 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
: Trinidad Recreation Center
(1310 Childress St., NE)

· Shoot Hoops Not Bullets Summer Basketball League
June 30 - August 21
6 pm to 12 midnight
Various Locations:
-
Every Thursday : Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet St., SW)
- Every Wednesday : Congress Heights Recreation Center (611 Alabama Ave., SE)
- Every Tuesday : Oxon Run Park (Livingston Rd. & Atlantic St., SE)
- Every Monday : Ferebee Hope Recreation Center (3999 8th St., SE)

· Woody Ward Summer Basketball League
June 30 - August 19 : Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs
5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Benning Park Community Center
(Southern Ave. & Fable St., SE)

· Girls Summer Basketball League
June 23 - August 16
6 pm to 9 pm
Various Locations

For the girls league only, the championship game will be played at the Verizon Center.

For more information regarding basketball leagues, contact DPR Sports Office at (202) 671-0314.