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734.794.6230 x0

​Looking for a wedding venue? Hosting a office party or fundraiser? Our Parks have hosted many types of special​ events including concerts, weddings, charity runs, fundraisers, and corporate events. Special events have specific requirements and an application​ before permits and approvals may be issued.  

What makes something a Special Ev​ent? Your event may be a Special Event due to:

  • Large attendance

  • Ticket sales

  • Sale of alcohol or serving alcohol when charging tickets to attend

  • Large tents

  • Food trucks

  • Amplified sound

  • Sidewalk and/or street closures

  • A run/walk event (5K, marathon, etc.)

  • Competitive athletics (e.g. a baseball/lacrosse/soccer tournament)

  • Being at a downtown park (e.g. ​Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor Farmers Market)

​Special Events often need at least 60 days for review and may only be requested for the current calendar year.  

Please contact the Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Customer Service office to gather more information about hosting your special event in a city park. ​If emailing, include the park name, park shelter, requested date, time and details about what you plan to do at the park. Make sure to include your name, email and phone number so we may follow up with you.  

Once you have received confirmation your date and park are on hold, you will need to submit your application ​via our online portal. You must have confirmation before applying online – call or email Parks staff for park location and date availabil​ity. ​​

How to Re​​serve a Park for your Event

  • Contact A​​nn Arbor Parks & Recreation

    Be ready to give us the park name, park shelter, date, time, and details about your event. We can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or [email protected]
  • Receive confirmation

    We will reach back out to your rental, and let you know if we have placed your date and park on hold. ​Please note special Events often need at least 60 days for review and may only be requested for the current calendar year.  ​
  • Apply online

    ​Once your date and park are on hold, submit your application via our online portal​. You must have confirmation before applying online. ​