Use of City Fields

City of Bowie sports fields are among the most in-demand in all of Prince Georges County.  Leagues, schools and organized groups must have permits in order to utilize athletic fields.

After school hours and evening hours are reserved for leagues and schools serving youth and adult programs, and typically have few vacancies. Permits for league play are typically issued on a quarterly basis.

 Murtagh 2 Opening Day 2011


City of Bowie issues permits for leagues, schools and other organized groups seeking to use the following locations during the hours identified below:

 City of Bowie Fields Monday-FridayWeekends
 Acorn Hill Park  
      Soccer 3:30pm-dark8am-dark
 Allen Pond Park  
     Andy Brown Soccer5:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Allen Pond Softball 15:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Allen Pond Softball 25:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Murtagh 25:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
Blacksox Park   
     Blacksox Baseball5:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Blacksox Softball 1 & 25:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Blacksox 3 & 45:30pm-dark8am-dark
Buckingham Park 
     Baseball 1 (spring)  5:30pm-dark
     Baseball 2 (Spring)  5:30pm-dark8am-dark
     Baseball 35:30pm-dark 8am-dark
     Soccer overlay (fall) 5:30am-dark8am-dark
Church Road   
     Church Road 15:30pm-dark8am-dark
     Church Road 2 & 3Closed until AugustClosed until August
Glen Allen Park  
Kenhill Center  
     Softball 15:30pm-dark8am-dark
     Softball 2 5:30pm-dark8am-dark
Jericho Park  
     Jericho Park Adult Softball5:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
     Jericho Park Fields 1-35:30pm-10:30pm8am-10:30pm
Mitchellville Park  
      Fields 1-7 5:30pm-dark8am-dark
Pope's Creek Park   
     Pope's Creek Soccer5:30pm-dark8am-dark
     Pope's Creek Softball5:30pm-dark8am-dark
Whitemarsh Park  
     Lower Football Field 5:30pm-10:30pm5:30pm-10:30pm

All City athletic fields are inspected daily to determine if the fields are 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

Murtagh 1 Synthetic Field
 Weekday Open Play Practice Sessions
 Less than 5 Participants- No Permit Required

More than 5 Participants-Permit required call 301-809-3086

The Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Field at Allen Pond Park is available for open play for small group/individual  practice sessions (less than 5 participants per group) without a permit. Groups of 6 or more must obtain a permit except during the times listed below. 

Spring Schedule

The field is routinely available weekdays - Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Times are subject to change based on permitted usage. This usage is intended for individual or very small group open play. Examples include individual shooting sessions or skill drills. It is not intended for games, league scrimmages, camps or similar usage. 

Weekday Open Play

The Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Field at Allen Pond Park is available for non-league play per the schedule below. User managed drop in play; no referees

Call Ranger for lights: 240-508-3881


7am-10am- individual or small (less than 5) group training

10am-2:00pm- non league play ages 18+ co-ed. No Coaches. No Referees. No exclusive use. All participants welcome. 

2:00pm-5:00pm- individual or small (less than 5) group training

5:00pm-10pm- Typically permitted to organized groups. When permitted groups are present, all others must vacate the field.

The City reserves the right to change this schedule with no notice to accommodate camps, tournaments, field maintenance or other activities. 

Saturday and Sunday Open Play

The Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Field at Allen Pond Park is available for non-league play per the schedule below. User managed drop in play; no referees

Call Ranger for lights: 240-508-3881

Spring 2021 Schedule Saturday

7:30pm-9pm- youth 8-15 co-ed open play

9pm-10:30pm- age 18+ co-ed soccer (more competitive)

Spring 2021 Schedule Sunday

9pm-10:30pm-age 18+ co-ed soccer (less competitive)

Proof of age is not required. Participants are encouraged to select the drop in session most appropriate for their skill level.

Murtagh 1 Synthetic Turf Rules

Grass Fields for  Pickup Games - No Permit Required

The fields listed below are currently available without a permit for drop in games. This list may change seasonally to allow for field resting and maintenance. Please 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 on grass fields. City parks close at dark and non-permitted field users must leave City park property before dark.

This non-permitted usage is intended for pickup games and not league scrimmages or official games. 

March 1- Memorial Day

Soccer Use

  • Acorn Hill Park
  • Mitchellville Soccer Field #7
  • Pope's Creek
  • Buckingham Park
  • Kenhill Center
  • Huntington South
  • Mitchellville South

Baseball, Softball, Kickball

  • Kenhill Center
  • Blacksox baseball field (90' Diamond)
  • Glen Allen softball field
  • Popes Creek Softball
  • Huntington South

Most Prince George's County public school fields and M-NCPPC fields within the City may also be used for neighborhood games without a permit. Please call 301-809-3086 for more information on specific fields and usage regulations.

All grass fields are closed from 
 November 15 - March 15

The City of Bowie permitting office also permits the fields below:

Maryland-National Capital
Park and Planning Parks Weekday Hours 5:30pm-dark Weekend Hours 8am-dark
Collington Station Park 
Enfield Chase Park
Fox Hill Park
Huntington North Park
Huntington South Park
Mitchellville South Park
North Oak Park
Northridge Park
Rockledge Park
Saddlebrook East Park
Sandy Hill Park
Springlake South
The Vistas at Easthaven

 Board of Education Fields Weekday Hours 5:30pm-dark Weekend Hours 8am-dark
Benjamin Tasker Middle 
C. Elizabeth Reig Regional
Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center
Heather Hills Elementary
Kenilworth Elementary
Northview Elementary
Pointer Ridge Elementary
Samuel Ogle Middle 
Rockledge Elementary
Tulip Grove Elementary
Whitehall Elementary
Yorktown Elementary

Monday-Friday Hours