NYC has wonderful parks and they are fully available to all New Yorkers and visitors. However if you and 24 or more of your closest friends want to use New York Park’s for a special purpose be it a wedding, birthday party or school picnic….you have to have a permit.
To get a permit you have to pay a non refundable $25. All the details on how to get one are here Special Events Information For NYC Parks If you’re going to have over 500 at your special event then there are different requirements. For that you need a Temporary Use Authorization (TUA) and supply full details about what will be happening, for instance what will be sold at this event if anything.
Any area where you will be holding your special event can’t be cordoned off. If you want to erect a tent a permit will only be given under very strict conditions and the tent cannot be staked into the ground. No tables or chairs are provided so you will have to bring them in if they are required and permission is not given for very many of them. You also can’t hold any event on a major public holiday such as Memorial Day or Labor Day.
If you wish to use amplification at your event, first you need a permit which you get at your local NYPD precinct. It’s called a sound permit and it costs $45.
Overall the City helps people hold events in parks but only in a way which means no fellow park users are disadvantaged. And another thing made obvious by the regulations is if you aresholding an events every single aspect of it probably needs a special permit of some kind, the wriggle room on what you can and cannot do is small.
See the video of a wedding held in the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park, and smile. All the ahrd work isw worth it when you pull it off