Denver park picnic sites are ideal for family occasions, picnics, or community gatherings. Permits are required to reserve a site.
A public assembly permit is required for gatherings of 50 or more people, and for exclusive use of a site.
More than 100 athletic fields are available for a variety of uses including tennis, basketball, softball, soccer, football, and more.
There are 6 Event Facilities available for rental including the Central Park Pavilion, Chief Hosa Lodge and the Washington Park Boathouse.
Public Events include festivals, races, concerts & admission-based events in parks. Special Occasions are private, invitation events in parks.
More than 100 athletic fields are available for a variety of uses. Learn more about athletic fields and courts
Five Denver lakes are open for hand-launched boating. Permits for hand-launched vessels are no longer required.
Park permits for large public events or smaller, invitation-only gatherings. Learn about permits for public events and special occasions
Public assemblies and events include both free and admission-based events.
Denver Parks and Recreation offers six event facilities to permit for events. Learn more about venues and how to submit a reservation request.
Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activity (POFA) is a class, clinic, camp, guided activity, program, or related service organized and offered for payment, fee, or other consideration.
Temporarily sell food and non-alcoholic beverages at designated sites. Learn more about temporary vending permits and locations.
Picnic shelters & sites are reserved by permit only. Learn more about picnic reservations and permits
Fees for park permits are waived for Denver Days events as long as they are free of charge and open to the public.
Reserve picnics, fields, facilities, campsites, event spaces, and more!
Park Use Rules & Regulations(PDF, 547KB)
Admissions-Based Events(PDF, 153KB)
DRAFT: Revised Alcohol Policy(PDF, 221KB)
Alcohol Rules, Regulations & Policies(PDF, 242KB)
DRAFT: Revision to Rule Section 16: Wheeled & E-Devices(PDF, 149KB)
E-Device Operation | 180-Day Directive(PDF, 310KB)
Communications Policy(PDF, 281KB)
Corporate Sponsorship(PDF, 134KB)
Gift Policy(PDF, 297KB)
Marijuana Policy(PDF, 550KB)
Naming Parks & Facilities(PDF, 377KB)
Park Designation Policy(PDF, 3MB)
Partnership Policy (draft)(PDF, 151KB)
Passive Recreation Use Areas Amendment(PDF, 912KB)
Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activities (POFA)
Public Event Policy(PDF, 777KB)
2020 Proposed Revision: Public Event Policy(PDF, 744KB)
Recreation Customer Code of Conduct(PDF, 4MB)
Please visit the Office of Special Events website for film and photography information, to determine if your shoot requires a permit, and to submit an online permit application.
Physical Address: 6820 E. 12th Ave
Denver, CO 80220
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 108
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-913-0700 (press 6 to leave a message)