Event Planning & Permits

The City of Ridgefield has a designated process for planning special events and reserving parks.

The City of Ridgefield has a new Special Event and Park Use Permit Process. This new process was effective April 1, 2019.

For the Special Event Permit process, the City is requesting that all applications be submitted at least 60 days  in advance of your event.

The Park Use Permit process is new. A Park Use Permit is required if you would like to reserve Abrams Park, Bennett Hall at Abrams Park, or Overlook Park. A Park Use Permit is also required to install special items or equipment at ANY City park. For example, special equipment may include a bouncy house or a dunk tank.

There is not a fee for submitting a Special Event or Park Use application. There IS a rental fee and a refundable deposit required for reserving a park. Refundable deposits are due in order to reserve your spot, rental fees are due by 10 days prior to your rental.

When Is a Permit Required?

The City of Ridgefield is proud to offer a large number of parks that are open and available to the City’s residents and visitors. For an individual to reserve use of a City park, street or other City facility for a special use: a permit is required. This permit process provides the City of Ridgefield a mechanism to prevent conflicts in use of city property; allow for necessary site/facility preparations; and protect the public’s health, safety and general welfare.

There are two (2) types of permits that may be required:

Special Events Permit: Authorization for a renter or vendor to conduct or host a special event or public gathering in a public or privately-owned outdoor venue. Examples include: block parties, festivals, parades, fun runs, etc. Must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event date.

Park Use Permit: A Park Use Permit is required to reserve space at Abrams or Overlook Parks, or to temporarily install special equipment at a park such as an inflatable house or a dunk tank. The areas that may be reserved are:

    • Abrams Park – Baseball, Softball and Grassy Fields
    • Bennett Hall at Abrams Park – Bennett Hall, Kitchen, Plaza, and Open Space
    • Overlook Park – Stage, Plaza and Grassy Area

Curious about Rental Fees? Check the Fee Schedule for Park Rentals and Special Events.
For additional event planning information, visit Event Planning Information.

Contact Information

230 Pioneer St
PO BOX 608
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Phone: (360) 887-3557
Fax: (360) 887-2507