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Special-use Permit

Planning an activity or event?

Special-use permits are considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with state guidelines, Summit County Public Health Department requirements and park district policies. Learn more.

Many events involve large groups of people and may require additional park resources, including maintenance and security.

Regardless of event size, telling us what you plan to do in the Metro Parks helps YOU. We can advise permit holders of closures, scheduled maintenance and other potential conflicts, so there are fewer surprises. In addition, if liability insurance is required, it will protect the parties holding the permit as well as Summit Metro Parks.

Click the button below to download a special-use permit (SUP). If you have questions about the SUP process, please call 330-867-5511.

Note: Applicants may not publicize an event prior to receiving an approved permit.


  • A wedding ceremony
  • An organized sports activity
  • Commercial park use, like professional photography or catering
  • Corporate events, trainings or fundraising events, like a 5K or other race
  • Use of a park area for a research project or other special-use request