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Park Permit Application

COVID-19 Update

We are accepting applications for certain events and activities involving no more than 100 people.  Events and activities must meet the criteria set forth by the Governor.


 The Highlands Preserve ballfields will be closed for reconstruction starting June 1, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

2020 Park Permit Application Updates

Permits will now be required year-round.

Applications for 2019 will be accepted up until December 1, 2019

Applications for 2020 will be accepted up until November 30, 2020
Applications for General Picnics/Events for 2020 will be accepted starting on December 15, 2019

See exceptions to the athletic applications below.

For all 2020 Athletic Field Permit Applications, acceptance dates are as follows:

Starting January 6, 2020, we will be accepting applications from any In-County, Board of Education, Board of Recreation, Scholastic Organizations and Municipal athletic groups for use of athletic fields: ball fields, soccer fields, turf field, basketball court or cross country course. 

Starting February 3, 2020, we will be accepting applications from any Out-of-County athletic group or organizations.

Name/Contact Person:


Address Line 2:

City or Town:

State or Province:

Zip or Postal Code:



County Resident?

 - Yes   - No

(501c3 organizations are given a 30% discount on their fee. To receive the discount, you must submit a copy of your 501c3 form from the IRS)

 - Yes  - No

Name/Description of Event:

Event Date:

Arrival Time:

Departure Date:

Departure Time:

Estimated Attendance:

Estimated Number of Vehicles:

Estimated Staff:

Which Park?

Please select the specific area in the park of your choice:

Garret Mountain Reservation:

Rifle Camp Park:

Goffle Brook Park:

Weasel Brook Park:

Highlands Preserve:

Camp Hope:

Please complete the questions below. If the questions do not apply to your event, please state N/A (not applicable)

Provide plans for the special event: Please describe all activities, principal speakers, time schedule, and the proposed route of any walk-a-thon or parade planned:

List all props, platforms, stages, sound equipment, electrical wiring, decorations, catering equipment, tables, chairs, and/or other items to be used.

List all contractors, supplies, groups, or individuals providing support services, such as caterers, musical groups, sound technicians, electricians, first aid, security, traffic control, sanitation, etc. (including name, address, phone number and service provided).

If your special event will involve setting up of booths, tables, etc., please provide a diagram showing the location of each. Provide a list of the names of each individual or group assigned to each booth or area, and the activity, service, or function that will be provided at each booth or area. If items are to be given away or otherwise dispensed (i.e. printed material, leaflets, bumper stickers, tee shirts, buttons, etc.), please provide a list of all service items for each booth area.

Park Attendants are available to assist at your event. The rate of $15.00 per hour is charged per attendant. If you would like to have a Park Attendant at your event, please note the intended use for the park attendant. Please note that a Park Attendant is required for access to the Boathouse.

Do you need a park attendant? 

 - Yes  - No

Do you need easy access to water?
 -Yes  - No

Do you need permission to serve food and beverages?

 - Yes  - No

Do you need permission to SERVE Alcoholic Beverages during special event/large group wedding/ceremony?
(This option is only applicable for special events/large groups of 200 attendees or more)
 - Yes  - No

Do you need permission to SELL Alcoholic Beverages during special event festival/event?
(This option is only applicable for special events/large groups of 200 attendees or more)
 - Yes  - No

Will there be music at your event? 
 - Yes  - No

Will you require electricity? 

 - Yes  - No

Do you plan on advertising or issuing a press release?

 - Yes  - No

Have you visited previously or are familiar with the site?
 - Yes  - No

Have you or your organization ever applied for a permit before?

 - Yes  - No
If Yes: give date and site of your last permit

Is there any reason to believe, or is there any information indicating that any group or organization will seek to disrupt your event?
 - Yes  - No

If Yes: list each individual, group or organization and give all available information, such as name, address, phone number and the background for your concern.