How do we reserve the field for games or other activities?

Reservations for Stead Park Field are handled through the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Permit information:
Online Permit Application:

What about hosting private events, such as birthday parties/children’s events?

If you’d like to reserve part of Stead Park for a birthday party or other event, please go through DPR (see above)

How can I get involved in Friends of Stead Park?

Friends of Stead Park welcomes new board members as well as volunteers to help with various tasks. For more information, please contact us at Share your ideas through the Friends of Stead Park Community Survey.

Are dogs allowed at Stead Park?



Pets are not allowed at Stead Park. In 2007, dog park regulations were issued which allowed for the creation of official, public dog parks on District-owned parkland within the possession and control of the Government of the District of Columbia. The two closest dog parks are S Street Dog Park (S Street, NW and 17th Street, NW) and Shaw Dog Park (11th Street, NW and Rhode Island Avenue, NW). For more information on DPR dog parks email

If the field or rec center are locked during posted hours, please contact DPR at 202-673-7647 or email

What if the field or rec center are locked during listed hours?

What does Friends of Stead Park do versus what does the Department of Parks and Recreation do at the park?

At this time, DPR is responsible for staffing and maintenance of Stead Park, including the playground, field, rec center and basketball courts. Friends of Stead Park is leading the effort for field improvements and securing city funding to support that. The Stead Park trust is used to help with special maintenance and programming projects.

What will happen to the adult sports teams once the field is renovated? Will they still be able to play on the field?

Yes. All of the sports that are currently played on the field can continue with the new design. For example, there will be room for two kickball games. We hope that an improved playing surface will make the field an option for other leagues, including youth sports. As always, field permitting goes through DPR.