Frequently Asked Questions

When will the project open to the public?

The Fields will be open to the public, starting Sunday, June 9, with the following interim process for applying for field use:

Sunday, June 9 – Sunday, June 16 from 10am – 8pm daily:
Field 1 will be open to community access free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis. Organizations and individuals can enjoy play and, if the field is open, they use can use it for pick-up play or other informal recreational activities/community activities. Go to the Field Office to sign up by the hour, the day of use.

Monday June 17 – Sunday, August 11 from 8am – 10pm daily:
Field time will be allocated for permitted amateur sports activities and for community activities, such as pick-up play and informal recreational use. A schedule showing times allocated for each type of access will be posted at RFKFields.com. During this interim period, organizations can apply for field time on a first-apply-first-served basis. This means that field time will be permitted to users in the order in which they request field time. Users can make their requests starting June 9. Guidelines for applying for permits and fees during this time will be posted online at RFKFields.com. (Important note: this first-apply-first-served rule is for the interim period only. Guidelines for applying for field time and allowed uses starting August 12 will be posted in early July.)

How will the hours be allocated?

Hours will be allocated according to the following framework:

  • 60% of scheduled hours will be allocated to Amateur Sports Programs (including league/team practices) with priority given to teams/leagues within close proximity to the RFK Campus. Of those scheduled hours, 70% will be dedicated to youth leagues and 30% to adult leagues
  • 20% of scheduled hours will be dedicated to Community Uses — less formal, non-league sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations and groups including “pick-up games.” Regular days/hours will be scheduled and published for Community Uses.
  • 20% of scheduled hours will be set aside for Events DC Programming.

Will the schedule be published?

The schedule of field use will be published at www.rfkcampus.com, on site at the field office and distributed monthly via The Fields email list. You can subscribe to this list at www.capitolriverside.org.

What are the hours of operation?

  • From June 9 – June 16, Field 1 will be open from 10am – 8pm, seven days per week.
  • From June 17 – August 11, The Fields will be open 8 am – 10 pm, seven days per week.
  • Starting August 12, The Fields will be open 8 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year.

Do I need a permit to use the fields?

All Amateur Sport Programs are required to have a permit. Information on the scheduling and permit application process for the June 17 – August 11 interim period will be released on June 9, 2019. Information for fall season (starting August 12) will be released in July.

Less formal, non-league sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations and residents can use the fields without a permit during regularly schedule days/hours set aside for Community Uses. Information on that schedule and reservation process will be released in June.

How do I sign-up to use the fields?

From June 9 – June 16, Fields 1 is open for Community Use on a first-come-first-served basis. See above.
For field use between June 17 – August 11, users can make their requests online at RFKFields.com. We will start accepting requests on June 9. Guidelines for applying for field use and for permitted uses during this time will be available on site at the Grand Opening, posted online at RFKCampus.com and shared via The Fields email list. Information on the application process and permitted uses for the fall season (starting August 12) will be released in July at www.rfkcampus.com.

How much does it cost to rent a field?

Information on the fee schedule for field use from June 17 – August 11 will be released in June at RFKCampus.com. Information on fall season fees (starting August 12) will be released in July.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted on the paved and natural grass areas of The Fields. Owners are required to leash and clean up after their pets at all times. Dogs are NOT permitted on the turf playing fields or the playground.

What are the hours for playground use?

The playground at The Fields is open from 8am to dusk on a daily basis. All children at The Fields must have adult supervision at all times.

Will the restrooms be for available for public use?

The restrooms will be available for use by anyone using The Fields.

Can we bring in outside food and beverage?

Food and beverage is permitted in the Pavilion, picnic tables and natural grass areas of The Fields. Food and beverages other than water are NOT permitted on the playing fields or any turf areas at The Fields. No alcohol is permitted on site unless specifically permitted.

What is CRYSP and what is its role?

Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP) is a grassroots-initiated 501(c)(3) organization of community advocates supporting the conversion of unused space to usable, accessible playing fields in Washington, DC. CRYSP will manage the day-to-day scheduling and utilization of The Fields for Amateur Sports Programs and Community Uses. CRYSP’s onsite personnel will ensure proper field usage and maintenance.

What is Events DC?

Events DC is the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within our nation’s capital. As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC leverages the beauty, history and diversity of the most powerful city in the world to attract and promote an extensive variety of events, resulting in amazing experiences for residents and visitors alike, and generating economic and community benefits for the city.

Our success comes by focusing on divisions that reflect three lines of business: Conventions and Meetings, Sports and Entertainment, and Special Events, where we make a range of strategic investments in the region’s marquee sports, entertainment and cultural properties. Each division is driven by the desire to bring stellar events to Washington, DC by providing superior customer service to our clients and visitors.

What is Events DC’s relationship to The Fields at RFK Campus?

Events DC is the owner and manager of The Fields at RFK Campus. Events DC will be responsible for oversight, facility maintenance and security. Events DC has subcontracted to CRYSP as the operator of The Fields. As the daily operator, CRYSP will be responsible for managing the scheduling and field operations to ensuring the utilization of the fields complex for sports clubs, leagues, individuals and other groups seeking to rent and/or use the space.

Who is Events DC?

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus, including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC serves as landlord for Nationals Park, manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the Entertainment and Sports Arena. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC).

Where can we go to get more info?

Tel: (202) 539-9555

email: thefields@cryspdc.org

web: RFKFields.com

What is the plan for community outreach?

CRYSP will work to ensure broad-based accessibility for local DC youth and adult teams as well as for area residents, community groups and other less formal users. CRYSP will provide ongoing communications and community engagement, in consultation with EventsDC, which may include:

1. Reaching out to area ANCs and neighborhood associations to present at their meetings and provide information for their connectors to distribute;

2. Maintaining timely content on a user-friendly website;

3. Publishing a monthly schedule and a quarterly newsletter to stakeholders, distributed community-wide to the sports leagues, community organizations, local policy makers, and any neighbors or others who subscribe to The Fields listserv; and

4. Making personal contact with area churches, schools, community groups and civic leaders to insure information is distributed to all who may be interested to use this public resource.

CRYSP convene initial meetings with stakeholders in a timely manner. Moreover, periodic stakeholder meetings will be convened. All such meetings will be well-publicized, having been planned, organized, and conducted in consultation and cooperation with EventsDC.

What areas are available to be reserved (other than fields)?

CRYSP intends to take reservations for use of the Pavilion and the Shade structure. The grass areas and plaza seating areas are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on the scheduling process will be released on June 9, 2019 at RFKFields.com, on site at the Grand Opening and via The Fields email list.

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