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Use of City Fields
The City Code mandates permit issuance for use of City of Bowie athletic fields.  The City also recognizes that there is community interest in having fields available for unorganized neighborhood play. The Recreation Office tries to accommodate both of these needs.

Information about fields that can be used without a permit is provided below. For organized use of fields, please follow the link to the Field Allocation Process (at the top of this page) or call 301-809-3086 for more information. 

All City athletic fields are inspected daily to determine if the field is safe and in good condition for use. All field users (with or without a permit) must check the field status line prior to practicing or playing on a City of Bowie athletic field. 
 
Daily Field Status

Fields for Neighborhood Pickup Games - No Permit Required

The fields listed below are currently available without a permit for non-league, unorganized pickup/neighborhood games.This list may change seasonally to allow for field resting and maintenance. You must check this list and the field status line prior to visiting the field and scheduling a pickup game.

If a permitted organized team, program, or league shows up while your pickup game is in progress, the non-permitted user group must leave the playing field.  If this occurs, you may contact a City Park Ranger at 240-508-3881 to confirm the team has been issued a permit to use the field.

Non-permitted users must also leave the field during park maintenance, including grass cutting and infield maintenance. Field lights are not available for use for non-permitted pickup games.  City parks close at dark and non-permitted field users must leave City park property before dark.

This non-permitted usage is intended for neighborhood pickup games and not league scrimmages or official games.  Violators are subject to fine and/or criminal charges.

Memorial Day - Labor Day

Soccer

  • Acorn Hill Park
  • Glen Allen Soccer Field 
  • Mitchellville Soccer Field #1 
  • Mitchellville Soccer Field #2
  • Mitchellville Soccer Field #3 
  • Popes Creek Soccer
  • Popes Creek Mini

   
Baseball & Softball

  • Kenhill Center
  • Blacksox baseball field (90' Diamond)  
  • Glen Allen softball field 
  • Whitemarsh Park baseball field (Sundays Only)
  • Popes Creek Softball

Most Prince George's County public school and M-NCPPC fields within the City may also be used for neighborhood games without a permit.  You may contact 301-809-3011 for more information on specific fields and usage regulations.


Fields for Neighborhood Practice Sessions (Less than 5 Participants) - No Permit Required

The following fields are available without a permit for non-league, unorganized small group neighborhood practice sessions (less than 5 participants).  This field list may change seasonally to allow for field resting and repairs.  You must check this list and the field status line prior to visiting the field and scheduling a pickup game.

If a permitted, organized team, program, or league shows up while your individual or small group training practice is in progress, the non-permitted user group must leave the playing field.  If this occurs, you may contact a City Park Ranger at 240-508-3881 to confirm permit issuance. Non-permitted users must leave the field during park maintenance, including grass cutting and infield maintenance, and at dark. City parks are closed at dark.

This usage is intended for neighborhood, individual or very small group practice sessions that limit field wear and maintenance.  It is not intended for unorganized pickup games, league scrimmages, official games, or similar usage. Violators are subject to fine and/or criminal charges.

Memorial Day - Labor Day

  • Andy Brown Soccer 
  • Buckinham Park Soccer
  • Glen Allen Park Soccer  
  • Kenhill Center Fields
  • Allen Pond Park Softball Field #1 - Baseball and Softball Use Only
  • Whitemarsh Baseball Field - Baseball & Softball Only

Most Prince George's County public school and M-NCPPC fields within the City may also be used for neighborhood practice or training sessions without a permit.  You may call 301-809-3011 for more information on specific fields and usage regulations.


Synthetic Turf Fields for Neighborhood Practice Sessions (Less than 5 Participants) - No Permit Required

The Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Field at Allen Pond Park is available for non-league, unorganized, small group/individual neighborhood practice sessions (less than 5 participants).  Please refer to the "open usage schedule" at the bottom of this section.

This schedule will change regularly as this field is in high demand, and rental rates are at a premium. You must check this site and review the posted schedule immediately before visiting the field. 

During periods of inclement weather, it is likely that organized league usage will relocate from grass fields to the synthetic turf field, without updates to this schedule. The City retains full discretion with canceling "unpermitted usage" to accommodate league sanctioned games and activities in an effort to preserve the integrity and quality of the City's grass fields.

If a permitted organized team, program, or league shows up while your individual or small group training practice is in progress, the non-permitted user group must leave the playing field.  If this occurs, you may contact a City Park Ranger at 240-508-3881 to confirm permit issuance. 

Training sessions will be allowed half-field usage, with half of the field dedicated to soccer and half-field dedicated to lacrosse.

This usage is intended for individual or very small group practice sessions. Examples includes individual shooting sessions on goal.  It is not intended for unorganized pickup games, league scrimmages, official games, or similar usage. Violators are subject to fine and/or criminal charges.

Open Training Schedule - Murtagh 1 Synthetic Field (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Monday - Friday:            8 am - 3 pm
Saturdays & Sundays:    7 pm - 10 pm


Please depart if permitted sports camp is using field. When in doubt, call Park Ranger at 240-508-3881.

Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Rules