Special events in a park can encompass a broad array of activities. Here are some examples:
- paranormal events
- bike races
- church services
- scout camping
- scattering ashes
- music festivals
- cultural festivals
What are the costs associated with these types of events and how do you calculate them?
Some activities such as a small family reunion picnic of 25 people may only require extra custodial services. Things change considerably, however, when the family extends to 300 people or more. Things like traffic control, extra trash receptacles, overflow parking, and additional staffing may need to be evaluated.
The National Park Service in partnership with the Eppley Institute, developed an app for Android and iOS that will help do just that. The free apps allow you to input staffing costs, tools and materials, and fees associated with a special event.
The Eppley Institute will also be developing an e-course to help parks, recreation, and public land agencies understand special use permitting
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