All Friends Group events must submit a special event permit request to host an event in the park. This page contains detailed instructions for groups that are registered as official Dane County Parks Friends groups.
All Friends group events must submit a Special Event Permit request. There is no cost to our Friends and partner groups for these permits. It is through this process that we reserve shelters if needed. Approved special events are also added to our park operations calendar to ensure that there aren't any mowers or loud park equipment on-site during your event. If the event is approved, staff will make sure to prepare that site in advance so that it looks nice, garbage cans are emptied and ready to go, etc.
Our special event permit request online application can be found online:
To request these resources, email Joleen Stinson.
Regular land restoration workdays do not need to be submitted through this special event process. If you’re going to hold a larger workday (over 50 people) please do submit a special event permit request. In the case of larger workdays, there is also a volunteer trailer with additional hand tools that can be reserved. To request the volunteer tool trailer, email Claire Lamberg, Land & Water Volunteer Coordinator.
Dane County Parks is happy to help you promote your park events. In order for us to do this, please help us by doing the following for each of your events. Visit our Outreach Resources page to learn more.