Looking for a place to enjoy a meal outdoors? There is a picnic area at the park entrance, near the Pope Lick Trailhead and parking lot off Taylorsville Rd. In the summer you can sit and watch butterflies flutter from coneflower to coneflower.
You will also find a small picnic area covered by a gazebo near the playground and John Floyd Fields that is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Large Group Use
Large groups (any group or activity over 50 participants) wishing to use The Parklands for activities in unreserved areas must submit a group use permit application. This permit allows The Parklands to prepare for, and balance, the needs of large groups with those of drop-in individual, small group, and family visitors. This also will allow The Parklands to ensure that the carrying capacity of particular park amenities is not overwhelmed due to popularity. This permit does not apply for reservable amenities such as the John Floyd Community Building or other amenity in the current reservation system. Larger groups, or requests for busy days may require the activity to be slotted into the existing special events policy and process.
Click here to fill out our event hosting form.Permit applications will be reviewed individually and approved/denied based on the criteria on the individual application. Permit applications should be submitted no less than one week prior to the desired event date. Permits may not guarantee space availability. Groups failing to secure a permit may be asked to leave the park. Parklands staff stand ready to help groups through this new process, and believe it will make for a better park experience for event hosts, participants, and others enjoying our parks.