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Athletic Fields

Athletic Field Reservations

The use of recreational/regional fields is by permit only. Local field permits are not required, but recommended, non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders. Permits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Recreational/regional fields are permitted by email.

Local field reservations can be made online or by emailing Park Permits Office

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

Sports Leagues

Prior to each season, we will forward a permit application packet to the representative of their league. League permit packets for the Spring/Summer season will be sent in mid-December and the Fall season will be sent in late May.

Rules and Regulations

All Permit Holders Must Follow

Athletic Field Closures

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

Park Field Number Target Re-Open Dates
Mount Zion Local Park Field 1 3/15/2023
English Manor Neighborhood Park Field 1 3/15/2023
Columbia Local Park Field 4 3/15/2023
Randolph Hills Local Park Field 2 3/15/2023
Hillandale Local Park Fields 1, 2 & 3 3/15/2023
Longwood Local Park Fields 1, 2 & 3 3/15/2023
Stewartown Local Park Fields 1 & 2 3/15/2023
Glenmont Local Park Field 1 3/15/2023
Nolte Local Park Field 2 3/15/2023

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:

  • 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: September 16, 2022