What should I know about having my wedding ceremony or special event in the park?
Fort Tryon Park has many unique venues for your special event, be it a birthday party, wedding ceremony, or family gathering. Please have a look at the special events information below and apply for a New York City Parks Department Special Event Permit by visiting the NYC Parks Permit page. Then, you may contact the Northern Manhattan Parks Special Programs Coordinator with any special event questions at (212) 795-1388.
In order for your event to be a pleasurable experience, you should be aware of some restrictions that apply.
You may hold your wedding ceremony in the park, but receptions are not permitted. A $25 nonrefundable event permit from NYC Parks is required. Permits must be applied for at least 30 days before your event. Please allow as much time as possible when making your application as the park’s event calendar fills rapidly. Wedding ceremonies seeking to use an area of the park should allow at least 6 to 11 months in advance to ensure availability for the ceremony.
Ceremonies are generally held on the Linden Terrace, Billings Lawn, or Abby’s Lawn. No tents are permitted for wedding ceremonies. Chairs are permitted on the Linden Terrace only and must be hand-carried because private vehicles are prohibited from driving on park paths. Chairs are not permitted in the Heather Garden. When in the Heather Garden, you must stay on pedestrian paths at all times. Wedding photography is prohibited in the Heather Garden. NYC Parks does not issue permits for any activity on The Met Cloisters property or lawns. Any such events must secure the permission of The Met Cloisters.
Please note that Fort Tryon Park is a public park, and public access to any particular area cannot be restricted, even with a special event permit. Permitting is done through the city agency, NYC Parks. NYC Parks’ private nonprofit conservancy partner, The Fort Tryon Park Trust, does not handle permits for this public park.
A reception at the park’s restaurant does not guarantee space in Fort Tryon Park for a wedding ceremony. A New York City Parks Special Event Permit is still required. If you plan on taking your wedding-ceremony photographs in the park, you must designate two areas on your special event permit application and approximate time for photos. Fort Tryon Park permits only five hours total for your wedding setup, ceremony, photography, and breakdown.