Looking for a venue for an event or special occasion? Anchorage Parks and Recreation has a range of indoor and outdoor options to suit nearly any type of gathering. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some limitations may be placed on group size and location as per Municipality of Anchorage guidelines and/or mandates. Find the latest updates affecting parks and recreation facilities HERE.
The department's online reservation system will guide customers through the process to obtain a permit for "first use" priority at a chosen location. Fees will be assigned based upon the venue. Please note that some locations may require proof of insurance, particularly if an alcohol waiver has also been applied for and received. Alcohol is prohibited in all municipal parks and facilities unless a valid alcohol waiver is presented and displayed at the time of rental.
Reservation requests for indoor recreation facilities are made directly through each venue individual facilities througn an in-person application, or one delivered via email. Upon receipt of the application, facility managers will review and contact the renter for additional instructions regarding their event. Full payment for a reservation must be made in order for a permit to be approved.
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Anchorage Parks and Recreation manages two recreation centers, two outdoor centers, a community golf course, a greenhouse and a campground. The recreation facilities are reserved by contacting the individual facilities separately, online reservations are not available for these areas. The reserve a facility we encourage you to first contact the facility and ask about availability and rental options. After deciding what you want to reserve and making sure it's available you can download the reservation form and submit it in person or via email.
Note that shelter reservations cancelled by Anchorage Parks & Recreation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic will receive a full refund.
Reservations for picnic shelters may be made up to a year in advance via the Parks and Recreation online reservations system. Paid reservations include exclusive use of the shelter and its tables, benches, and, where applicable, a fireplace.
Picnic shelters may be booked in full day or half-day blocks of time (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; or 4 - 8 p.m.).
The Municipality of Anchorage manages one city campground during the summer months. Centennial Campground is located on the east side of Anchorage, convenient to Glenn Highway access. The 84 forested sites feature 21 electric, RV-only sites; 67 dry, no-power sites; two group sites; and six pull-through sites. Reserve online (see below) and be sure to visit the historic log cabin office for a warm welcome!
Special Events (Including Vendors/Equipment)
Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some gatherings will not be permitted due to municipal guidelines and/or mandates. Please visit here for current information related to parks, trails, and facilities. Events cancelled by Parks & Recreation due to pandemic-related restrictions will receive a full refund.
Anchorage Parks and Recreation welcomes special events, defined as any event open to the public; large private gatherings; or any event using vendors or special equipment. When in doubt, give us a call at 343-4040 and we can help. Once you've learned if your event qualifies as a special event please review the Special Event Pamphlet to help answer common questions and guide you through the application process. After checking availability for your event, complete the Special Event Application and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to the Permit Office at 2020 W 48th Ave. Applications are accepted within one year of the event date.
Vendor and Filming Permits
For the most current information regarding Anchorage parks, trails, and facilities, visit here. Vendor permits cancelled by Parks & Recreation due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a full refund.
Any individual or business wishing to sell items, operate within Anchorage Municipal parkland, or photograph/film promotional content may be required to obtain a vendor or film permit through the Municipality of Anchorage.
For more information about activities that may involve permitting, visit the links below. Vendor permits are processed through the Municipal clerks office. Film permits are processed through the Municipal Managers office. Additionally, if a film/vendor request requires a park-specific permit, those offices will refer you to Parks and Recreation's permitting office for processing.