Request to Use a City Park

Request to Use a City Park


Applications can be made to the Department of Public Works to Request the Use of a City Park other than Cass Park or Stewart Park.  Find information on reserving pavilions in Cass and Stewart Parks. You can submit an Application for Use of a City Park online. Permission will be granted based upon the following requirements:
  • Depending on the size of the event you are planning, you may need to apply for one or more of the following permits:
    • Assembly Permit (PDF) from the Police Department - when 50 or more participants are expected at the event.
    • Noise Permit (Online Form) from the Mayor's Office - when amplified sound will be used during the event.
    • Food Permit from Tompkins County Health Department - if food will be commercially handled or sold (vendors must obtain this permit).
  • A Certificate of Liability Insurance, in the amount of at least $1,000,000, naming the city as additionally insured must be provided prior to the request being considered.
  • DeWitt Park is considered a "Quiet Use Park" and use of this park is based on separate criteria (i.e. whether there is a need for a noise permit or the size of the assembly, etc.).
  • The Superintendent will make a decision to permit, deny or forward your request to the Board of Public Works for their approval. A written notification of approval or denial will be sent to the applicant. Denial appeals may be made to the Board of Public Works.