Since 2004 the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department has required that park users complete a Special Use Permit application if they have an unusual use or need while using our park system.

Since 2004 the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department has required that park users complete a Special Use Permit application if they have an unusual use or need while using our park system.

These permits normally apply to user groups who have rented a shelter house, but are not confined to shelter users.  There is no charge for this service, but the application needs to be completed and submitted in advance of the event. 

Special Use Permits may pertain to amplified sound systems such as D.J.’s, live music, radio, or speaker systems.  These are limited to day hours from sunup and no later than 10 p.m. The volume of the sound system must be controlled so that the sound does not disturb other park functions or users, or residents who live near the park. There are also permits for tents, special vehicles permitted in the park, races/walks, petting zoos, and pony rides.

Another area is water related functions such as water slides, dunking tanks, misters. All water related permits require a $25 key deposit for a water key with the deposit returned following the event.  There will also be a $5 or $10 water use fee based on water used. One of the most popular special requests is for inflatable’s such as moon walks. Again, since some shelters do not have electrical power, it is very important to contact us so we can assist you in your selection of shelter locations and needs. 

Another reason for our permits is to protect our park users. We don’t want vehicles driving around in the parks without a permit.  We have electrical power lines buried underground which we don’t want someone to drive a steel tent stake through, thus damaging the system or worse yet, electrocuting someone. 

Most of the permits for sound are related to weddings and ceremonies; however some are just for fun with birthday parties and family reunions.  Over the past six years, 152 permits were for sound systems and 179 were for other requests. We average 55 permits annually. The most popular parks for permits are Rotary, Hidden Valley, and Baumgardner.

We always provide a copy of the permits to the Police Department Patrol Unit. They have all the information needed to enforce the City ordinances or Parks Policies. They are asked to check the park sites to make sure our park users are not having any problems with electrical needs, other park users, and that they are abiding by the permit. If they are not, the Police Department can void the permit and can even remove the user group from the shelter.   

So if you have an event planned for this year in our park system and you have or may have an unusual event or function, please contact us to see if you need a permit, and if so, make sure you submit the application on time so we can approve your request.