Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation's capital. From its beginning, it has been embroiled in political maneuvering, sectional conflicts and issues of race, national identity, compromise and, of course, power. It is located along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. It has recreation centers in every ward. No matter where you live in DC you are within 2 miles of a DPR recreation center. The centers are your gateway to a broad range of fun and challenging activities. They are safe zones for children and teens and offer families an opportunity to enjoy special activities and events close to home.