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Host Your Event with Us!

To ensure guaranteed use of a park shelter, a reservation is required. Park shelters that are not rented are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the activity does not include features listed under the "Do I Need a Permit" section below.


Online reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance. 

For more information, call us at 502-309-4458 or email us 

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Type of Events

  • Using a shelter for up to 75 people for personal/private use

  • No Permit Needed

  • No Event Insurance Needed 

  • No Security Plan Needed

Performance/Picnic Pavilion Fee: $50

Outdoor Classroom: $50

Nonprofit Rate: $25

Nonprofit Program Pricing

  1. If a nonprofit organization hosts a free program or event that is open to the public, there is no fee to reserve park facilities.

  2. If a nonprofit organization hosts a fee-based program or private event, a reduced nonprofit fee is charged to reserve park facilities.

  3. To ensure exclusive use of a park shelter or park space, reservations are required for all events or programs, regardless of fee structure. 

Do I need a permit?

Outdoor activities and events which include any of the features listed below require a permit:

  • 200 people or more

  • Advertising or sponsorship activities

  • Alcohol (must be approved by the Louisville Parks and Recreation Director)

  • Amplified sound ( e.g. loudspeakers, amplifiers, powered megaphones)

  • Animals (e.g. petting zoo, pony rides, horses)

  • Ceremonies and weddings

  • Exercise classes or boot camps

  • Inflatables​​

  • Selling and/or distributing merchandise, services, or food (e.g. vendors)

  • Tent/canopies (e.g. 10x10 popup)

  • For vendors looking to sell in a park, complete an application for a vending permit

Special Event Permitting Process

  1. Complete an Event Packet with all event details and submit it at least 30 days before the event.

  2. Include an event layout at least 30 days before the event, including but not limited to:

    • the area of the park you plan to use​

    • location of tents, vendors, or portapotties

    • parking, road closures, or traffic points

  3. Each application is reviewed by the Special Events Team and then sent to the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) for safety approval.

  4. After the Special Events Team and LMPD approve your application, the permit is returned to you for your signature. 

  5. At least 14 days before your event, you must submit proof of event Insurance, a signed permit, and payment.

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