Best Outdoor Basketball Courts in Washington, D.C.

August 16, 2014 8:00 AM

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What better way to enjoy the summertime weather than with a game of basketball. Basketball has many health benefits including improved motor coordination, mental development and strength, not to mention it’s a major calorie burner. Check out this list of the best outdoor basketball courts in D.C. and start playing today.

Rose Park
26th St. and P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 282-2208

Warm up for your next pick-up basketball game at Rose Park. This clean and attractive natural open space features a basketball court as well as three tennis courts, a baseball diamond and two playgrounds. Enjoy a picnic lunch among the rolling fields or take a break from the sun among the shady trees. Rose Park also features walking paths, ornamental lighting and upgraded fencing. A variety of events are also hosted at the park including concerts, summer camps and boy scout troop meetings as well as free family-friendly movies.

Kennedy Recreation Center
1407 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 671-4792

This pretty and fun place for kids is also home to a basketball court for adults. The Kennedy Recreation Center features a recently renovated playground complex full of activities for the little ones including big slides, swings and a spray park. Grown-ups will love the lighted basketball court located adjacent to the park as well as the horseshoe pit, tennis courts, baseball field and cement jogging/biking trail. The Kennedy Recreation Center offers a morning co-op play program for children age 18 months to five years old. Registration is required.

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Turtle Park
45th St. and Van Ness St.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-2198

Shoot some hoops at this family-friendly park. Turtle Park features two basketball courts as well as two tennis courts and four baseball and softball fields. The park also features a large enclosed park area with multiple playground equipment including a state-of-the-art jungle gym, toddler swings, a sand box with buckets and shovels and a spray park. Take a break and enjoy a picnic among the numerous picnic tables. Officially known as Friendship Park, DC residents coined the name Turtle Park for its five large turtle statues located near the play area.

Kalorama Park
1875 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7606

Kalorama means “beautiful view” in Greek and that is exactly what you get with this triangular three-acre park. This park features beautiful landscaped fields and trees, a community garden and benches. Test your three-pointer skills at the basketball court. Or, give another sport a try like soccer, bocce ball or volleyball. The park also features two playgrounds—one for tots and another for older kids—with plenty of swings, slides, sand pits and a climbing apparatus to keep the kids entertained. Kalorama Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year including summer camp, a fall picnic, Halloween party and winter party. The park also features a small recreation center.

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Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 698-2250

There’s no shortage of things to do at Anacostia Park. Join a game of pick-up basketball on one of the numerous basketball courts. Or, grab a pair of roller skates and take a spin around the skating pavilion. Located along the Anacostia River, the park also features a boat launch, marinas, picnic areas, trails, multipurpose fields, a playground and even an 18-hole golf course and putting range. An athletic facility is also located near the park, which features aerobic and weight training equipment, lighted tennis courts as well as an outdoor pool and baby pool.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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