DC Parks Friends Groups

Benjamin Banneker Circle
L’Enfant Plaza Promenade

Bloomingdale LeDroit Dog Park Association

Bruce Monroe Community Garden
Bruce Monroe Park 3000 Georgia Avenue NW

Canal Park
200 M St SE

Chevy Chase Citizens Association
Friends of Chevy Chase Park and Friends of Lafayette Park

Circle Dogs
S and 17th streets NW dog park

Diamond Teague Park
100 Potomac Avenue SE

Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks
Hamilton and Upshur Parks

Friends of Edgewood Recreation

Friends of the Forest Hills Playground

Friends of French Street Park
French and 10th streets NW

Friends of Friendship Park
Turtle Park — 45th and Van Ness streets NW

Friends of Guy Mason Recreation Center
Calvert St near Wisconsin Ave.

Friends of Harrison Recreation Center

Friends of Kennedy Playground
1401 7th St. NW

Friends of Kim Brenegar
8th Street, Independence, and North Carolina Avenues SE

Friends of Lafayette Park

Friends of Macomb Park
Macomb Street near 34th Street

Friends of Ridge Road
Supports sports, developmental and educational programs for Ridge Road Recreational Center

Friends of Rose Park
P Street N.W. and M Street N.W. bounded on the West side by 26th and 27th Streets and on the East side by Rock Creek Parkway.

Friends of Shepherd Park Recreation

Friends of Stead Park
Stead Park was established for the purpose of creating a playground for the children of Washington, D.C.

Friends of Trinidad Rec
The Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center is a committee of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association

Friends of Volta Park
Volta Place at 33rd St

Friends of Walter Pierce Park

Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center

Hill Hounds
Supports Kingsman Dog Park adjacent to Kingsman Field, between 13th, 14th, D and E, NE in Capitol HIll

Hillcrest Recreation Center
3100 Denver St., SE

McLean Gardens
Neward Street Park and Playgrounds

Michigan Park Citizens Association
Works to imporve Turkey Thicket Recreation Center and local triangle parks

Newark Street Park K-9 Friends
Friends groups suporting the Neward Street Dog Park

Noyes Park
10th and Franklin Streets, NE

Palisades Citizen’ Association
Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Pl NW), Hardy Recreation Center (45th and Q Sts. NW), Carolina Park aka Dinosaur Park, W Street Park (W St. and 49th), Battery Kemble Park (NPS), Fletcher’s Boathouse (NPS C&O Canal), Volta Park Recreation Center (Volta Place at 33rd St), Guy Mason Recreation Center (Calvert St near Wisconsin Ave.), Montrose Park (R St east of Dumbarton Oaks), Friendship Recreation Center and Friendship Park aka Turtle park (Van Ness St at 45th St.), Macomb Recreation Center (Macomb St near 34th St.)

Southwest Duck Pond
The Southwest Duck Pond was originally part of Town Center Park built in 1972 between 3rd and 6th Streets along I Street, SW. The bulk of the park was removed in 2007, the surviving western end renamed Southwest Duck Pond by community petition in 2011.

Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Benjamin Banneker Park Circle and Fountain (aka Banneker Overlook — L’Enfant Plaza Promenade), Canal Park (200 M Street, SE), Diamond Teague Park (100 Potomac Avenue, SE), East Potomac Park – Hains Point (Ohio Dr. SW Washington, DC. — NPS), Lansburg Park (Delaware Avenue between M and I Streets, SW), Town Center Park East (3rd and I Streets, SW), Town Center Park (4th and I Streets, SW), Town Center Park West (6th and I Streets, SW), Virginia Avenue Park (aka Virginia Avenue Community Garden — 901 Virginia Avenue, SE), Waterside Parks (South Promenande north of Ft. McNair at the terminus of Water Street SW, east of the Harbor Police Station at 9th St and Water streets NW)

Southwest Playground Project
3rd and I Street SW

Tenth Street Community Park


13th Street Community Park & Garden: 

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Ave NE (at Perry St NE)

Yards Park
10 Water St SE

NPS Park Friends Groups

How to create a Friends Group for a National Park Service Site

African American Experience Fund
Supports programs in National Parks that celebrate and preserve African American History. Provides support for the following National Historic Sites in DC: Carter G. Woodson Home, Frederick Douglass Home, and Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

C&O Canal Trust

Fletcher's Boat House

Ford’s Theatre


Friends of Dyke Marsh

Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park

Friends of Kenilworth Gardens
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Friends of Peirce Mill

National Parks Foundation
Strengthens the connection between the American people and their national parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness

National Parks Friends Groups Directory

Trust for the National Mall

Useful Government Links

District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Manages Parks in Montgomery County and Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County

M-NCPPC Montgomery County Department of Parks 

M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Montgomery County Maryland Department of Recreation

National Park Service DC
Official website for nation parks in the District of Columbia that are managed by the National Capital Region and its 3 Divisions: National Capital Parks East, National Mall and Memorial Parks and Rock Creek Park

National Park Service DC/Anacostia Park
Official National Park Service website
(Park managed by National Capital Parks-East Division)

National Park Service DC/Rock Creek Park
Offical National Park Service website for the Rock Creek Division

National Park Service DC/National Capital Parks-East
Official National Park Service website for the National Capital Parks East Division

National Park Service DC/ National Mall and Memorial Parks
Official National Park Service website of the National Mall and Memorial Parks Division

National Park Service DC/ Meridian Hill Park
Official National Park Service website
(Park managed by Rock Creek Park Division)

National Park Servic DC/ Fort Dupont Park
Official National Park Service website
(Park managed by National Capital Parks-East Division)

National Park Service DC/ Civil War Defenses/ Fort Stevens
Official National Park Service website (Park managed by Rock Creek Park Division)

National Park Service DC / Lincoln Park
Official National Park Service website
(Park managed by Capitol Hill Parks unit of National Capital Parks East) 

National Park Service DC / Folger Park
Official National Park Service website
(Park managed by Capitol Hill Parks unit of National Capital Parks East)

National Park Service / Marion Park
Official National Park Service website (Park managed by Capitol Hill Parks unit of National Capital Parks East)

National Park Service Stanton Park
Official National Park Service website (Park managed by Capitol Hill Parks unit of National Capital Parks East) 

Battery Carroll and Fort Greble
Official National Park Service website (Park managed by National Capital Parks-East, Rock Creek Park, and George Washington Memorial Parkway)

Fairfax Park Authority

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services


Greater Greater Washington
Great resource for newson metropolitan Washington planning.

Resource for DC neighborhood news

Useful Nonprofit Links

Center for City Parks Excellence/Trust for Public Land
The Center for City Parks Excellence is an excellent source of comparative information on urban parks

City Parks Alliance
Promotes the value of urban parks

Coalition to Save the Mall
Organization to protect and enhance the integrity of the National Mall

Groundwork Anacostia
Groundwork Anacostia River DC utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development.

Friends of the Parks
Chicago — A nationally recognized park advocacy organization

Trust for Public Land
Helps finance and acquire land for parks.

Trust for the National Mall
Helps t0 restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall

Washington Parks and People
DC advocacy organization for parks — operates GreenCorps training program

Parks and People Foundation
Helps to improve the physical, social and environmental quality of Baltimore neighborhoods

New Yorkers 4 Parks
Ensures that all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods have access to quality parks and open spaces

GP Red
Supports and provides opportunities for health, recreation and land management agencies

Project for Public Spaces
Helps create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities

Cultural Landscape Foundation
Creates public’s awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes

Greater Greater Washington
Features the voices and visions of residents in the the Washington, DC region

DC dog park locator

DC metro area skatepark locator

DC Bicycle Advisory Council

Partnership for Parks
A joint program of City Parks Foundation & NYC Parks

Provides directories and commentary on DC playgrounds, indoor play areas, pools, spray pools, fountains, and other venues for tots.

Plans and Documents

CapitalSpace Plan/National Capital Planning Commission
The 2010 CapitalSpace Plan was produced by the National Park Service, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Office of Planning, DC Department of Transportation and the National Capital Planning Commission

M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Formula 2040 Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space

M-NCPPC Montgomery County Parks, Reecreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

Transforming Tysons
Planning Documents for Tyson Parks

McMillan Commission Plan for Washington 1902
Report of the senate committee on the District of Columbia on the improvement of the park system of the District of Columbia

Fort Circle Parks Final Management Plan 2004 Part 1 — National Park Service

Fort Circle Parks Final Management Plan 2004 Part 2 — National Park Service

On Wedges and Corridors 1964
A general plan for the Maryland-Washington Regional District in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties — The Marlyland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Fairfax County Park Authority Needs Assessment 2004

Vision 2030 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation in Montgomery County, MD
M-NCPPC Montgomery Count Parks Department and Montgomery County Recreation Department 2011