Events and Rentals

  • Melissa Nell
Image Events and Rentals

Would you like to host an event that requires more than the normal pavilion rental or small group gathering? Perhaps you'd like to host a multi-day fitness event, vendor gathering, training workshop, or some other type of event that will draw a lot of people and fall outside of the parameters of a normal special event. These events will require Departmental review before they can be planned and implemented. For this type of activity, individuals must submit a Special Event Application Form and an additional form, The Special Event Activity Proposal Form. In order for your event to receive approval, please give a detailed description of your event and fill out the form completely.
Large events may also require a certificate of insurance naming the County as additionally insured. Please refer to the example below for the wording necessary for this document.

Pavilion Reservations

To see a list of pavilions located in the preserves that are available to be reserved, please use the following link.

 

Pavilion Rental Locations

 

Special Events: Facility Rentals, Weddings, and Small Group Gatherings

Image Special Events: Facility Rentals, Weddings, and Small Group Gatherings

Would you like to hold a family reunion at the Rye Preserve picnic pavilion? Perhaps you are interested in renewing your vows on the bank of the Manatee River at Emerson Point? Or would you like to bring a field trip to visit a preserve? All of these types of events are considered to be "special events: small group gatherings" within the preserve and require advance notice. Any request to reserve a picnic pavilion or to bring a small group to any County preserve must be made in writing a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the event. A special fee, based upon the event and facility request, may be applicable. The fee schedule is available to download under the "rental documents" links list.

If you would like to bring a group to the preserves, such as a field trip, club, or volunteer organization, please fill out the small group gathering special event form and return it to us. The County's preserves are a favorite spot for field trips and the Department works with instructors to manage and schedule trips while preserving the habitat within each preserve. It is important for groups to give the Department notice of their arrival so that staff can be available for assistance.

 

To reserve your date for a pavilion rental or wedding please call (941)742-5923. Facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Small Group Gathering Special Event Application Form

Special Event Permit

Would you like to host an event that requires more than the normal pavilion rental or small group gathering? Perhaps you'd like to host a multi-day fitness event, vendor gathering, training workshop, or some other type of event that will draw a lot of people and fall outside of the parameters of a normal small group gathering event. Or you may want to host an event that will require a participation fee. These types of events will require Departmental review before they can be planned and implemented. For this type of activity, individuals must submit a Special Event Permit Application. In order for your event to receive approval, please be sure to fill out the application completely and give a detailed description of your event and fill out the form completely.

 

Large events may also require a certificate of insurance naming the County as additionally insured. Please refer to the example in the application packet for the wording necessary for this document.

 

Please submit your proposal to melissa.nell@mymanatee.org or call (941) 742-5923 ext. 6042 for more information.

 

Special Event Permit Application