Host an Event in a Park
Surrey has some of the most beautiful parks in the lower mainland. Whether you want to enjoy a summer picnic, have a small wedding ceremony in a park, or host a community event, use these resources to help plan your next event in a City park.
Park activity guidelines
Events taking place in a City park must not interfere with the free use and enjoyment of the park by any other person. Read on for general guidelines, and see our Parks, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Regulation Bylaw for full details.
Garbage and recycling
Reduce waste by using reusable products
Pack reusable utensils, dishes, containers, bags, straws, and napkins.
Pack out what you pack in
Set up designated garbage and recycle bins to collect refuse at your event, then pack out all waste from your event and dispose of it appropriately. This includes:
- food wrappers and packaging
- food scraps
- take-out containers and pizza boxes
There are garbage cans in our parks, but they cannot hold all of the waste produced from group gatherings and events. Packing out your own waste keeps parks clean and ensures no wildlife is harmed by extra waste. Also, since all waste that is tossed into a park garbage bin goes straight to the landfill, you can properly sort it at home instead.
Keep these items out of parks:
- one time use plastics like cutlery, stir sticks, and beverage containers
- disposable napkins
These materials can harm wildlife, plug storm drains, and are difficult to clean up.
Food, entertainment or services at your event
If you are hiring someone to provide a service like bouncy castles, photo booths, face painting, magicians, catering and food trucks, you must provide the following on behalf of the vendors you’ve hired:
- $5,000,000 liability insurance that names the City of Surrey as an additional insured. Insurance should note the name of the park your event is at but should be issued to City of Surrey
- A City of Surrey Business Licence
- A completed Hold Harmless Agreement
If your event requires a permit, please have it on hand at the time of your event.
Submit all necessary documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 604-501-5050 for more information.
You may have your event catered. However, your caterer must not solicit or advertise business in the park and may only serve guests included in your party.
Stay on trails
Stay on all designated trails and open lawn (mowed grassy areas that are not sports fields or tall grass meadows which are important for groundnesting birds and other wildlife).
Stay out of garden beds, forested areas and tall grass meadows.
These guidelines are in place to protect environmentally sensitive areas from trampling, erosion and loss of biodiversity.
Professional and group photography is allowed in Surrey's parks when these guidelines are followed.
- Stay on designated trails and open lawn (mowed grassy areas that are not sports fields or tall grass meadows which are important for groundnesting birds and other wildlife). Stay out of garden beds, forested areas and tall grass meadows.
- Do not use smoke bombs, coloured powder, or other such devices.
- Drones are not allowed in Surrey Parks without permission from the General Manager of Parks, Recreation & Culture. You must have a flight permit on you if asked.
These guidelines are in place to protect environmentally sensitive areas from trampling, erosion and loss of biodiversity. Please respect these guidelines, wildlife and the experience of all visitors.
Elgin Heritage Park and Historic Stewart Farm
A permit is required for professional and group photography.
Natural gas, propane, and charcoal briquettes are permitted if they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product.
Within Surrey parks, you can only barbeque at picnic table sites.
Natural gas & propane
You can barbeque with natural gas and propane at any picnic table site.
Charcoal briquettes are only permitted at picnic table sites that have City-sanctioned coal disposal containers. When the fire danger rating is High or Extreme, no charcoal briquette barbeques are permitted in parks.
Find out where City-sanctioned coal disposal containers are.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking or consuming alcohol is not permitted in any Surrey park.
Events may be set up in a vacant location on open lawn without restricting access to other park users. No special park access will be given to set up your event.
Tents and structures
You may use one 10x10 foot tent with tent weights (preferred) or small pegs (4-6 inches).
- Tents larger than 10x10 feet are not permitted in Surrey parks
External structures such as arbours, or staged set ups for engagements, photography, weddings etc. are not permitted in Surrey parks
Music and speakers
Amplification of sound (including microphones, speakers and megaphones) is not permitted in Surrey parks.
Parking is first-come, first-served.
Some activities are not permitted
This includes fundraisers, solicitation, amplification of sound and speech, distribution of information, and over-monopolization of the space with large structures.
If you are unsure if your planned activity is permitted, please ask us at email@example.com.
When to contact us
Less than 100 people with no special services
You can host an event on a first-come, first-served basis without notifying us.
Less than 100 people with special services
Between 100 and 250 people, with or without special services
Parks not available for events
- Blackie Spit Park
- Crescent Beach
- Darts Hill Garden Park
- Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve Park
- Fergus Watershed Biodiversity Preserve
- Green Timbers Urban Forest Park
- Surrey Nature Centre (except with an indoor facility rental)
- Kwomais Point Park (except with an indoor facility rental)
- The Glades Garden Park
Parks recommended for larger events
|picnic shelters, softball diamonds, multi-use field, tennis and basketball courts, playground, spray park, washrooms
|picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, multi-use field, playgrounds, forested walking trails, washrooms
|picnic shelters, playground, spray park, gardens, softball diamonds, multi-use fields, volleyball & tennis, forested walking trails, washrooms
|Hjorth Road Park
|softball diamonds, turf fields, multi-use fields, playground, outdoor pool, washrooms
|large open grassy area, gardens, playground, washrooms
|baseball diamonds, lacrosse box, playground, outdoor swimming pool, washrooms
|Port Kells Park
|picnic shelters, softball diamonds, playground, outdoor pool, multi-use field, bike track
|picnic shelters, playground, forested walking trails, washrooms
|picnic shelters, softball diamonds, multi-use fields, tennis courts, forested walking trails, washrooms