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Park & Event Facility Permits

Due to public and private gathering limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Permits have been cancelled through July 9 with associated fees automatically refunded
  • Reschedule requests for cancelled 2020 permits will not be processed until further notice
  • New applications for any type of permit in 2020 will not be processed until further notice
  • Permitted activities with historical status or working toward obtaining historical status will not be penalized due to the cancellation of their 2020 permit as a result of COVID-19
  • All existing in-process permits for July 10 or later are still being processed - should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible
  • Permit holders for any type of 2020 permit may contact the Parks Permit Office via phone or email at any time for a full refund:
    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    720-913-0700 (press 6, then leave a message)

Rentals & Permits


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Athletic Fields & Courts

softball field
More than 100 athletic fields are available for a variety of uses.


picnic table
Picnic shelters & sites are reserved by permit only.

Public Events & Special Occasions

movie showing in a park
Park permits for large public events or smaller, invitation-only gatherings.

Rental Facilities

Central Park Pavilion and courtyard
Find the perfect location to host your event.


construction site adjacent to a park
Projects that impact any DPR facilities or property require a permit.

Private Fee-Based Activities

stroller fitness class
Host a private class, clinic, camp or other fee-based activity program.

Recreation Center Rentals

Celebration in a recreation center multi-purpose room
Rent a facility for special events, meeting spaces or business functions.

Temporary Vending

vendor set-ups in parks
Temporarily sell food and non-alcoholic beverages at designated sites.

Online Service Center

Reserve picnics, fields, facilities,  campsites, event spaces, and more!

Film & Photography Frequently Asked Questions

All permit applications for film and photography projects must be submitted at least 5 days in advance. All permits for film and photography are free-of-charge unless exclusive use of space is desired, in which case normal permit fees apply.

When is a permit required for film/photography projects?
Personal family portrait sessions, wedding videography shoots, etc. done strictly for private use DO NOT require a permit unless exclusive use of park space is desired.

Film and photography conducted in parks for commercial use always require a permit.

Who issues film permits?
If fewer than 5 people are involved in the film project (including crew members), a park permit is issued from Denver Parks & Recreation free-of-charge unless exclusive use of space is desired.

If 6 or more people are involved in a commercial film project, a film permit must first be initiated through the Denver Office of Special Events.

Is insurance needed?
All permits for commercial film projects require insurance:

Do press events require a permit?
Day-of press conferences and media events do not require a permit; however, all park rules must be followed, including parking restrictions—no vehicles are allowed in unauthorized areas.

Pre-scheduled press events in parks should submit a Park Permit application at least 5 days in advance.

Contact the Parks Permit Office


Parks Permit Office
201 W. Colfax Ave
Room 1.G.1 (1st floor)
Denver, CO 80202

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. | 8:00am - 4:00pm
Phone: 720.913.0700
Fax: 720.913.0778  


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Denver Parks & Recreation

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201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
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