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Plan an event

Vancouver parks make a great venue for many special events including weddings, sporting events, picnics, and private recreation activities. Depending on the type of event you are planning, you may need to book the park or have a permit to use it.

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Private recreation activities

Want to host a private or commercial recreational activity in a Vancouver park? Find out if you need a permit and how to get one.

Riverfront Park picnic site

Picnics

Picnics are a great way to enjoy Vancouver parks. Many locations have picnic tables, shelters, and barbeque pits. Find out when you need a permit and how to book one.

Stanley Park Open kids event

Sporting events

Find out what you need to do to have sporting events in Vancouver parks; book fields, courts, and diamonds, apply for sport hosting grants, and more.

Wedding at Bloedel

Weddings in parks

What could be more romantic than having a wedding in one of Vancouver's beautiful parks or gardens? Plan your wedding ceremony in a Vancouver park or park facility, restaurant, or garden.

Other events in parks

The requirements for these events are specific to parks, but of course these are not the only kinds of events you can hold in a park. As well, many other events - such as parades and fun runs - do not take place just within the parks grounds. For information on the planning, permits, and process for these events, see the page Events permits.

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Insurance requirements for filming, event, and facility use

The City requires that you carry liability insurance for events or activities that you hold on City and Park Board Property, or in any City or Park Board facility. Learn about the requirements.

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Last modified: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:21:20

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