Registration Process

The Department of Parks and Recreation offers four class and activity sessions each year. These include Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), Fall (September to November), and Winter (December to February).

PARKS DIRECT Registration Software

PARKS DIRECT is replacing the SMARTlink registration system. The new registration software, PARKS DIRECT, provides many new services that will improve your registration experience.

PARKS DIRECT New Account Creation

Some accounts will transfer into PARKS DIRECT. New patrons and patrons with accounts that will not transfer over will need to create an account online before registering for classes. Visit to set up your account today. 

Please review this poster (PDF) to ensure you are ready for the upcoming registration. 


We offer the following types of programs:
  • Arts
  • Aquatics
  • Child Care
  • Computer Skills
  • Crafts and hobbies
  • Fitness and health
  • Lifestyle and learning
  • Martial
  • Nature
  • Sports
  • Spring Break Camps
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Summer Playgrounds
  • Summer Xtreme Teen Centers
Tennis Class

Disability Services

We also offer programs for Prince George's County residents who have disabilities.


We also offer so much more than classes! For the best happenings in the region, check out our events for the latest festivals, community gatherings, workshops, performances, and concerts for all ages.

Guide Publication

You can view our classes online or in our Your Guide publication (PDF). The Guide features a comprehensive listing of classes, programs and activities coming up for the next seasonal session. The guide is a printed document and also electronically published in an interactive online version four times a year (May, August, December, and February). The interactive online Guide is available in the publications library. Copies of the Guide also are available at all Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) community centers and facilities, as well as at Prince George's County libraries.

Ready to register?

  1. Register Online
  2. Register in Person
  3. Fee Structure
  4. Refund Policy
  5. Non-Sufficient Funds Fee
  6. Fee Assistance

Internet registration is available 24 hours a day, beginning at 7 am on Monday, November 13 for Prince George’s County residents, and on Monday, November 20 for all others. You may view classes and activities, sign up, make a payment, and view your family’s current registrations.

Have the following...

  • Household login information (given to you when you set up your parksdirect account)
  • Credit/debit card number and expiration date

Steps to follow...

Need assistance?
Click on the “FAQ” tab on the parksdirect web site, call any Parks and Recreation facility during regular office hours, or email the Customer Service Help Desk at

  • Some classes fill quickly, register early.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • A separate form must be completed for each person/class.
  • Registration for county residents begins one week earlier than the registration period for non-residents. This provides a benefit for residents who support activities through their taxes.
  • The Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex has a priority registration period for Impact Area residents living in a predefined area surrounding FedEx Field. To receive the benefit of early registration, Impact Area residents must register in person at that facility only.
  • The fees in this program guide are subject to change. Please contact the facility offering the program for up-to-date information.