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Athletic Fields

Athletic Fields

Reservations and Permits

Organized sports teams must obtain a permit from Montgomery Parks. Permits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field. For local fields, permits are not required, but recommended, as non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders.

Athletic field reservation requests are available can be obtained through online registration via ActiveMontgomery or by emailing parkpermits@montgomeryparks.org. The first to reserve an athletic field permit will be the first to be awarded the athletic field permit. Athletic field access with no more than 50 people or less are allowed, however, non-permitted users must relinquish the athletic field to designated athletic field permit holders.

Athletic Field Fees & Permit Application Process and Schedule

Athletic field fees are approved annually by the Planning Board. Click here for a full list of Permit fees.

For information on the athletic field application process and schedule, please contact the Permit Office at 301-495-2525. NOTE: Prior to each season, Montgomery Parks will forward a field permit application packet to the representative of each designated league organization. League permit application packets for the Spring/Summer season will be sent in mid-December and the Fall season will be sent in late May.

Rules, Regulations, and Field Use Policy

Field Use Policy

A new Athletic Field Use Permit Policy (pdf, 261KB) was approved by the Planning Board on February 21, 2013. This new policy outlines guidelines for use of park athletic fields.

Rules and Regulations

All Permit Holders must follow M-NCPPC rules and regulationscontract rules and regulations, as well as the specific Guidelines and Conditions of Use as stated on the facility permit.

Park Athletic Fields Closures

NOTE: All Local Park athletic fields are closed for play from December 1 – March 14 to allow for rest and seasonal maintenance. All Recreational / Regional Park athletic fields are closed for play from December 1 – March 31 and August 16 – August 31 for rest and seasonal maintenance. Artificial Turf fields are open year-round with only seasonal Holiday closures.

Athletic Field Renovation and Closure List

Parks Field # Target Re-open Dates
Cross Creek Local Park Field 1 8/16/2022
English Manor Neighborhood Park Field 1 8/16/2022
Columbia Local Park Field 4 8/16/2022
Glenmont Local Park Field 1 8/16/2022
Hillandale Local Park Field 1, 2 & 3 8/16/2022
Longwood Local Park Field 1 8/16/2022
Stewartown Local Park Field 1 8/16/2022

Please always remember that playing on a field under any of the conditions listed below can damage the field and make it unplayable, for everyone, for the rest of the season. All play on any park athletic field is prohibited whenever: Please contact Park Permits at 301-495-2525 for more information regarding athletic field renovations and closures.

  • The field is closed for renovation or repair
  • Water is standing on the field
  • One-half inch of rain or more has fallen within the previous 24 hours
  • Soil is frozen
  • Soil is wet and “spongy”
  • The ground is muddy and soil clumps or clings to shoes
  • Steady rain is falling
  • A lightning/electrical storm is occurring
  • The field is deemed unplayable by Park staff or Park Police

Inclement Weather Policy

If you’re unsure if a field is closed, please call the ballfield rainout number first: 301-579-5610.

Rainout number recordings are updated by 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. on weekends. Each recording applies to all parks listed under that number. You may also check the rainout line webpage

For decisions about the use of athletic fields refer to the appropriate rainout number on the field listing or call Park Permits at 301-495-2525, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For decisions about sports programs offered by the Montgomery County Recreation Department, call their update line at 240-777-6889.


Last Updated: May 2, 2022