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Posted on: July 28, 2020

New Permit Allows Businesses and Non-Profits to Rent Space in Parks

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To help businesses and non-profits cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department has created the Temporary Outdoor Commercial Activity Permit. Certain parks and amenities can be rented for commercial activities like exercise classes and children’s entertainment. The permit program is scheduled to end on October 1, 2020, but could be continued. The permit does not apply to outdoor dining or service of food or alcohol and is not intended as a replacement of the City’s Special Event application. 

For $20 per hour, a City business or non-profit can rent one of eight areas in City parks: Roberts Park Field, Roberts Park Picnic Shelter, Cavalier Tail Basketball Court, Cherry Hill Park Basketball Court, Madison Park Basketball Court, Designated grass area Cherry Hill Farmhouse/Park, West End Park Open Space, and Mr. Brown’s Park. All requirements of Governor Northam’s Executive Orders -- including social distancing, use of face coverings, and cleaning and disinfection -- must be followed.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. While there is not a specified limit for use, the Recreation and Parks Department will balance community use of facilities with permitted use.

The application containing the list of restrictions and allowances can be found at www.fallschurchva.gov/ParkPermit.

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