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The Parks and Recreation Department's Office of Special Events coordinates reservations and filming requests at a number of facility and picnic sites within the Austin parks system. Contact the office at 512-974-6797 to set up a facility reservation.

The PARD planning process includes collaboration with community members to identify desired park or facility uses. These plans (formerly called "master plans") include District and Metropolitan Vision Plans, Concept Plans, Facility Plans, and Facility Expansion Plans (Terms and Definitions). PARD staff also reviews other adopted or recognized plans for consistency with the proposed plans.

Our team creates diverse programs and experiences in sustainable natural spaces and public places and offers essential support and maintenance services.

Temporary Concession permits are issued at stand-alone park locations where short-term or single day concession needs arise that benefit an activity or the public at the requested park location. • Concession approvals (permits) are required and issued to applicants for commercial activity requests (vending, merchandise sales, etc) in the park system. • Concession permits are NOT issued for vendors to vend outside or near permitted special events where organizers typically coordinate vendors inside their permitted grounds and spaces.
Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department offers many activities, from summer camps and swimming lessons to ceramics and dance. Here’s how to sign up!

The department has observed a growing demand for use of City parklands by a variety of private commercial entities. Go to the Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland web page.