Request a Special Permit

Five Rivers MetroParks protects nearly 16,000 acres of natural area in the Dayton region. The agency's permit program authorizes uses on MetroParks land that provide a benefit to members of the public and protect public and conservation values.

Please be aware that Five Rivers MetroParks is a tax-supported public agency and that its primary obligation is to serve the general population. So it is our responsibility to place the welfare of the general public before that of any individual or special interest group. Accordingly, decisions made regarding your permit application will be based on this premise at the sole discretion of Five Rivers MetroParks.



You must have a permit to shoot commercial portraits and photographs or video in our facilities. Permits are district-wide and are available in two formats: Per week $25 | Annual $100

Permits are effective for the calendar year in which they are purchased.

View our Photography Policies


To hold a small wedding ceremony in any Five Rivers MetroPark facility, please complete a wedding permit applicationThere is a $10 application fee.

See our facility rental information for Cox Arboretum MetroPark and Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark for larger ceremonies and receptions.

You may also hold a wedding ceremony or reception in a reservable shelter as part of a shelter reservation (no additional wedding permit needed).


First Amendment Activity

To collect signatures, distribute materials, or hold a demonstration, please complete our First Amendment activity permit application.

Special Event

To hold an event in any Five Rivers MetroParks facility, including a festival, competition, ticketed event or community gathering with an expected attendance of more than 100 people, please complete a special event permit application.

There is a $10 application fee.
View our Special Event Policy and Guidelines

Private Program

To conduct, sponsor or promote any meeting, speech or picnic with more than 200 people, please submit a private program permit applicationThere is a $10 application fee.

For private programs that will draw fewer than 200 people, please see information about shelter or facility rentals.

Public Program

To conduct any public class, sporting event, performance, organized recreation competition (5K, for example) with an expected attendance of fewer than 100 people, please complete our public program permit applicationThere is a $10 application fee.


For all other activities outlined in in Section 94.02 of Five Rivers MetroParks’ Rules and Regulations, please complete a general permit applicationThere is a $10 application fee.


To place or renew a geocache, please complete a geocaching permit application.


To conduct scientific research in any Five Rivers MetroParks facility, please complete a research permit application.

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