Parks and Recreation FAQ

Parks and Recreation FAQ

Parks and Recreation - Reservations & Permits

Can I have a wedding ceremony in a park?

Our parks can provide a scenic backdrop to your special day, but if you are planning a large wedding or an extensive reception after the wedding, event is better suited for a church, reception hall or other large indoor facility. Our parks are more appropriate for weddings of less than 200 people.

The weather is always a factor in planning an outdoor wedding. You should be prepared for all conditions and plan accordingly. The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department does not offer alternative locations or rain dates to be used in case of bad weather.

Can I reserve a shelter online?

Not at this time; however, you may put in a request to reserve a shelter.

Can I reserve an athletic field?

Yes. If you would like to reserve an athletic field for youth and adult games, practices, or other athletic events, please contact the Athletic Office at (813) 231-5270.

Do I need a permit to prune or remove a tree?

That depends. The City's Construction Services Department issues all permits for tree pruning and removal when required. Here is a list of trees that do not require a permit for removal.

Do you offer discounted rates for non-profit organizations?

Tampa Parks and Recreation Department offers a discount on facility reservation rates to non-profit organizations currently registered in the State of Florida. Your organization must submit non-profit documentation with the application form, such as a 501(c)3. Groups considered to be non-profit include: religious institutions, civic organizations, public schools, parochial and private schools, and athletic associations. Discounts do not apply to damage deposits, application fees, and attendant fees.

How do I apply for a permit?

Complete the Facility Use Application and submit it to the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department in the prescribed timeframes listed in the "How far in advance do I need to apply for a permit?" question and email or fax to (813) 274-7744.

Please note: Submission of an Application constitutes a request to use park space or a city property for the purpose of an event and does not guarantee event approval.

How does my production company get a film permit in Tampa?

The Tampa Bay Film Commission can lead you through the process of getting the right permissions from various City Departments, whether you are planning to produce a music video, feature film, have a student project to complete, or are simply planning a still photography shoot.

How far in advance do I need to apply for a permit?

The sooner you submit an application, the better. All permit applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You can apply for a permit a maximum of 365 days prior to the requested date; however, there are specific filing deadlines for various permits:

  • 30 days - Outdoor events with an anticipated attendance of 25 to 199 persons or for any building rental.
  • 60 days - Events with an anticipated attendance of 200 persons or greater and/or events requesting amplified sound (i.e., DJ, sound system with speaker) or entertainment equipment.
  • 90 days - Events taking place on city streets or Right of Way (i.e., festival, block party, fun run/walk, parade, etc.).
I'm getting married. Do you have any facilities I can reserve?

Congratulations! Yes, we have several facilities available to reserve for your special occasion.

Is a reservation required to use a picnic shelter?

No; however, availability may be limited during peak season times. Picnic shelters can be used on the first come, first serve basis, unless it is reserved. Reservations must be made a minimum of 3 business days in advance.

We have picnic shelters available throughout the city. Our more popular or major park locations (listed below) are reserved at our main office located at 3402 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Before visiting our main office, we recommend you take a look at the park, find a shelter that will fit your group size, and submit a request to check availability.

Al Lopez Park
Ballast Point Park
Copeland Park
Cypress Point Park
Fred Ball Park Gazebo
Lowry Park
Macfarlane Park
Picnic Island Beach
Rowlett Park
Sulphur Springs Park