Looking for a place to have a picnic or special gathering? The Independence Parks and Recreation Department can help you! Be sure to check out the facilities below. To reserve a shelter or pavilion, please call (816) 325-7370:
The City of Independence, through its Parks and Recreation Department, has provided for the installation and continuing maintenance of picnic shelters and pavilions throughout the municipal park system.
While these structures are generally available on a first come, first serve basis, the City annually coordinates a Shelter/Pavilion Group Picnic Program. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for groups and organizations to have exclusive use of a municipal shelter or pavilion for basic group picnic activities, appropriate to the official seating capacity of the structure, as established by the City of Independence.
Special Events: If you are planning a group function with a format broader than a basic group picnic activity, the City of Independence reserves the right to classify your function as a ‘special event’. When this designation is made, the sponsoring group will be required to formally coordinate additional support services necessary to safeguard properties and insure public safety – before municipal property use is authorized. This will include required health and vendor permits, personnel for traffic control, security, and maintenance support. Additionally, equipment such as signage, barricades, first aide supplies, may be required for effective event management. Parks & Recreation Department staff will assist you to coordinate these additional services and equipment. Reservation Process
Complete a Park Shelter & Pavilion Reservation Application available at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion Street, Independence, MO.
Office phone: (816) 325-7370
Note: Person responsible for event must be at least 21 years of age.
Please call the Roger T. Sermon Community Center at: (816) 325-7370, at least 10 business days prior to the date of the reservation to receive a refund. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather on the day of your picnic. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 service fee; refund checks are mailed to the responsible person designated on the application and should be received within 3 weeks.
Independence Parks and Recreation, at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center
Phone: (816) 325-7370