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Permits & Rentals – Athletic Field Use Permit Policy

Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to establish an orderly and fair procedure for the reservation of athletic fields for practices, games, tournaments, and special events. It is the intent of this policy to balance the increase in demand for such organized uses with the maintenance, renovation, and rest necessary to protect the long-term playability of our fields and ensure user safety.

Most regional and recreational park fields require a permit for use (1). Regional and recreational fields may be permitted for official league games only; no practices are allowed on these fields. Permits are required at all times for regional/recreational fields and other fields marked “by permit only.” If no permits have been issued, local park fields may be used on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise posted, or prohibited in this policy. Non-permitted users must cede the field to designated permit holders at all times. Play is strictly prohibited from December 1 through March 14 on all natural grass fields and during field work, renovations and inclement weather, or when posted signs prohibit use. All user groups must adhere to all rules and regulations outlined in this policy and comply with all M-NCPPC Rules & Regulations and stated Conditions of Use.


Field allocation for leagues will be based on prior use. However, leagues representatives must apply for permits by the designated deadline of each season. When processing permit applications, every effort is made to provide each qualifying organization with a permit for at least some of the field time requested. Allocation of athletic fields is determined by the following priority system:

First Priority

Montgomery County Department of Recreation Programs, City of Takoma Park Recreation Programs, Adopt-a-Field groups, public/private partnerships or other contractual agreements, and special event/tournament requests.

Second Priority

Montgomery or Prince George’s County community-based leagues and schools, including organized youth leagues.*

*Please note: First and second priority user groups must submit their requests by the respective deadline for each season or their first priority status will be forfeited for that season.

Park TypeSpring / Summer DatesFall Dates
Local Park FieldsMarch 15 to August 15August 16 to November 30
Regional and Recreational Park FieldsApril 1 to August 15September 1 to November 30

All permit applications must be submitted to the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF)

Park TypeSpring / Summer DatesFall Dates
Local and Neighborhood Park Beginning February 1Beginning July 1
Park TypeSpring / Summer DatesFall Dates
Regional and Recreational ParksBeginning December 16Beginning May 16

Synthetic turf fields can be permitted at any time throughout the year, weather permitting, if not closed for maintenance or renovation. If the first day of seasonal permitted use (March 15 for Local Park Fields, and April 1 for Regional / Recreational Park Fields) falls on a Sunday, permitted use will be allowed on the preceding Saturday. If the last day of permitted use falls on a Saturday, permitted use will be allowed on the following Sunday.