Please review the following policies and fees below. Once you have submitted your application, these links will be readily available to you in your e-mail for reference at any time.
Picnic Pavilion County Resident Nonresident
4-hour Reservation (Minimum) $60 per 4 Hours $80 per 4 Hours
Additional Time $15 per Hour $20 per Hour
These Park Rules apply to all Grand Traverse County Parks and their Park Patrons.
Please note that although the User Fees may have been established during a different year than current, the fees within this application are up to date.
Please tell us who will be responsible for your event.
Please answer the questions below to help establish dates you are interested in having your event.
Multi-Event Reservations will be subject to a Stewardship Agreement versus an Individual
Agreement with the Parks and Recreation Department. The term for these agreements can be up to December 31 of the agreements executed year.
Please tell us the date you're interested in having your event.
If you're requiring multiple dates OR multiple facilities, please let us know those dates and corresponding facilities here.
Please review and answer the questions below to the best of your knowledge. If logistics change closer to your event date, you may submit an "Application Amendment Form" up to thirty (30) days prior to your event date.
Please tell us what you would like your event tile to be for your reservation. Example: Last name graduation party.
Please check one.
All directional signs must be printed in a professional manner. The only adhesive material allowed on the walls/pillars is drafting/painting tape which will not damage surfaces. No masking tape, duct tape, electrical tape, transparent tape, or double-stick tape is permitted. Decorations may not be hung with nails or screws, nor may they be used on the floors. Decorations may be freestanding. The use of birdseed, rice, flower petals, balloons, fog machines, and blowing bubbles are permitted outside for wedding and reception farewells. Confetti, glitter, pyrotechnics, sparklers, and are not permitted inside or outside the venue(s). Chiffon or netting combined with electricity is not permitted. No décor may be attached or displayed on any of the exhibits or artifacts. All décor items must be completely removed by the Customer during the load out.
Fires and candles are permitted. All candles or other fire receptacles must be approved by the Parks and Recreation Department, and all candles must be used with glass covers.
NOTE: All tents MUST be sandbagged or water-barreled down. Tents may not be staked into the ground for any reason. The location and size of tents are to be approved by the Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Director prior to reservation.
Please include the number of tent(s), location of tent(s), and size of the tent(s) (maximum size allowed on park property is set at 30 by 75 feet).
If you are planning on bringing a grill/grill(s), please let us know how many and who will be managing them.
Please include all vendors for caterers, portable restrooms, trash management, smokers, bounce houses, loading trucks, etc.
Release of Liability for
As a user of this Park Facility or Park, I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury and I and those in my legal charge to the extent permitted by law agree to assume the full risk of injuries, including death, damages or loss which I and those in my charge may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with or associated with such use of Park Facilities or Parks.
I agree to waive and relinquish all claims I and those in my charge to the extent permitted by law may have as a result of use of Park Facilities or Parks against Grand Traverse County and its officers, agents, servants, and employees.
I do hereby fully release and discharge Grand Traverse County and its officers, agents, servants, and employees from any and all claims from injuries including death, damage, or loss which I and those in my charge—to the extent permitted by law--may have or which may occur to us on account of our use of Park Facilities or Parks.
I agree to protect, indemnify, save, defend, and hold harmless Grand Traverse County, its officers, officials, volunteers, employees, and agents (hereafter collectively referred to as County) from and against any and all liabilities, claims for compensation, obligations, claims, damages, penalties, causes of action, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees for which the County may become obligated by reason of any accident, injury, or death of persons or loss of or damage to property, arising indirectly or directly in connection with or under, or as a result of this agreement, whether such loss or damage, injury, or liability is contributed to by the negligence of the County or by the premises themselves or any equipment thereon whether latent or patent, or from other causes whatsoever, except for claims, damages, penalties, causes of action, costs and expenses, arising solely by virtue of any negligent act or omission of the County.
By signing this reservation form. I acknowledge that I have read and agree to abide by all County rules and regulations. I also agree that I am solely responsible for the actions and conduct of my guests and invitees, and for assuring compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to my scheduled event. I understand and agree that my security deposit shall be forfeited for any violation of this agreement.
I hereby certify that I have read this document and understand and agree to its content.
Feel free to upload your promotional material here. If you don't quite have it at this time, you may always upload it from our webpage under "Reservation for Events", then to "Already Have a Reservation".
Please keep in mind your application is just a request. Parks and Recreation Staff will review your request and check availability. If your requested date(s) is/are available, staff will reach out to you via email to approve your application. Once your application is approved, please be prepared to pay your full balance within seven (7) days of your approval email.
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