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Scheduling and Permitting

Montgomery Parks is expanding access to its athletic fields to allow  youth and adult practices and games for low and medium-risk sports (ex: soccer, baseball, cricket, softball, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, field hockey), with no more than 25 people in a group, and subject to the County’s Reopening Guidelines. For high-risk sports (ex:  football, rugby), practice that involves skills-building and drills is permitted; scrimmage and games are not permitted. Fields at local parks are currently available, and fields at regional/recreational parks will be available starting September 1.

Athletic fields reservation requests can be obtain through online registration via ActiveMontgomery or by emailing 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 25 people or less is allowed, however, non-permitted users must relinquish the athletic field to designated athletic field permit holders.


All scheduling for Montgomery Parks’ athletic fields is done by the office of Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF). Please contact CUPF regarding permit application forms; these forms must be submitted directly to CUPF. Visit the CUPF website for more information, or contact 240-777-2716 and 240-777-2730 with field-related questions.

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 visit the CUPF website or contact 240-777-2716 and 240-777-2730. NOTE: Prior to each season, CUPF will forward a field permit application packet to the representative of each designated league organization. League permit application packets for Spring/Summer season will be sent in mid-December and 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
Broadacres Local Park 3 3/15/2021
English Manor Neighborhood Park 1 3/15/2021
Layhill Village Local Park 2 3/15/2021
Longwood Local Park 1 & 2 TBD
Luxmanor Local Park 1, 2 & 3 3/15/2021
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park 1 3/15/2021
Parklawn Local Park 1 & 2 3/15/2021
Randolph Hills Local Park 1 3/15/2021
Silver Spring International Middle School 1 3/15/2021
Timberlawn Local Park 2 3/15/2021
Wheaton Regional Park 2 4/1/2021

Please contact CUPF directly at 240-777-2716 for more information regarding athletic field renovations and closures.

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:

  • 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 your 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.

For decisions about the use of school fields refer to the appropriate rainout number on the field listing, or call Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) at 240-777-2725, 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: February 9, 2022