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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Reopening of Additional Facilities Announced by M-NCPPC, Dept of Parks and Rec, Pr. Geo. County


Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311


M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County Announces  

Reopening of Additional Facilities

RIVERDALE, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the reopening of additional facilities and amenities on Monday, May 24, to provide the community activities to live more, play more.  Registration for these offerings begins Thursday, May 20 at  

“We are pleased to continue reopening facilities, at limited capacity, and expanding services with the guidance of the County Executive and public health officials,” says M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Bill Tyler. “We welcome the community back to our facilities and programs in a way that prioritizes their safety and comfort.”  

Facilities reopening on May 24, include:  

  • Community Centers – Kentland, Deerfield Run, Langley Park, Good Luck, Prince George's Plaza, Largo/Kettering/Perrywood, John E. Howard, Palmer Park, Bowie, North Forestville, Patuxent, Temple Hills, Hillcrest Heights, and Marlow Heights
  • Aquatics/Sports/Fitness Facilities - Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park (fitness room and multi-purpose rooms), Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex (fitness room and multi-purpose rooms), Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex (learning center and multi-purpose rooms), Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, and the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center
  • Museums - Surratt House, Riversdale House, Montpelier House, Marietta House, and Darnall's Chance
  • Dinosaur Park 

For a list of facilities, pavilions and other amenities that are opening, visit  

New! Southern Regional Aquatic Wellness Center

The Department is thrilled to open doors at its newest facility, The Southern Regional Aquatic Wellness Center (SRAWC) in Fort Washington, MD. The Center includes a reception area, three bodies of water: a warm water pool, leisure/lap pool, and spa. The facility also boasts a viewing area, wet/dry multipurpose room, two family changing areas, locker/restrooms, staff offices, vending area, and complementing support facilities. Current usage is by registration only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Reservations are required for all swim sessions through Parks Direct. Capacity is limited.

Outdoor Pools

Outdoor pools will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 29, 2021.  Advance reservations will still be required through Parks Direct (at least 2 hours ahead of the swim session start time). With the ability to open our outdoor pools comes the responsibility to open safely and under COVID-19 guidelines. The health and safety of our staff and guests visiting our pools remains our highest priority. The Department is taking precautions as directed by local government and health officials for the safety of our staff and patrons.  


Summer Programs

This summer let your child's imagination come to life as a chef, Olympic gymnast, robotics engineer, and more. We offer assorted camp, clubhouse, playtime and STEAM programs that fit the imagination of your child, and your needs. Register for as many summer sessions as you wish and still schedule summer vacations. No matter what you choose, your child will have a safe, memorable summer. Registration is now open. Learn more at


The Department is excited to now accept reservations for Picnic shelters. All rental fees and security deposits must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Reservations must be made online via your Parks Direct Account. Learn more at

Wonderful World of Watkins

The Train, Carousel, and Mini-Golf area at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro begin Summer hours of operation on May 29. Advance sales are not available. Purchases are made on-site each evening and are good for that date only. All major credit cards are accepted. Ticket sales end 15 minutes prior to closing for the train and carousel, and 30 minutes prior to closing for miniature golf. Learn more at

COVID-19 Protocols

Based on the Prince George’s County amended COVID-19 health regulation effective May 17, we have this update about face coverings. 


Face coverings are required for all indoor venues and crowded outdoor venues including concerts, festivals and ticketed sporting events. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the parks.

Temperature checks will be administered for indoor activities. 

About the Department

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, PhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.


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