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Shelterhouse Reservations


Kenton County Parks Shelterhouse Reservations

Each year, Kenton County Parks & Recreation begins accepting reservations for the upcoming outdoor season beginning on the first Monday in February for all shelterhouses in our parks. Shelterhouses are available for reservation from April 20, 2019 through October 20, 2019.

Reservations can be made at the Kenton County Public Works and Parks & Recreation Administration office, located at 420 Independence Station Rd. (in Lincoln Ridge Park), Independence, KY 41051. There is also the option to check availability and make a reservation online here. Reservations can be made in person any weekday during the regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Reservations are $65 or $80 (applicable KY sales tax may apply). For a tax exempt entity, call (859) 392-1920 to make reservation and to have the tax waived. A Sales Tax Certificate of Exemption must be received with reservation. Because of their size, location, and amenities, shelterhouse permit fees for Middleton-Mills 2, Pioneer 1, and Lincoln Ridge 3 are each $80. The remaining shelterhouses, which are Lincoln Ridge 1 and 2, Pioneer 2, Middleton-Mills 1, and Richardson Road 1, are each $65 to reserve. Or, with a $150 non-refundable fee, reserve a shelterhouse for a special event (not including run/walk events) up to one year in advance.

Special Permits

Kenton County Parks & Recreation has introduced a plan to assist organizers of special events. This special event plan provides an opportunity for citizens to reserve a shelterhouse up to one year in advance of the event date. 

Under this plan, a special event is defined as a non-profit event that requires additional space for tents or other apparatus, that requires use of large areas of the park (for car shows, festivals, large corporate functions, etc.), or that requires advance planning, such as a wedding. Booking one of Kenton County's parks for a special event includes the exclusive use of one shelterhouse. Reserving a date for a special event requires payment of a non-refundable permit fee and a completed application. 

The special events permit fee is $150 (applicable KY sales tax may apply). For a tax exempt entity, call (859) 392-1920 to make reservation and to have the tax waived. A Sales Tax Certificate of Exemption must be received with reservation.

Kenton County Parks & Recreation also allows non-profits to host 5K races at various parks. For more information on hosting a 5k race, please contact us at 859-525-PLAY.

Special Event/Advanced Booking Permit Policy

Special Events Permit Application


420 Independence Station Road, Independence, Kentucky 41051
Phone: 859.525.PLAY (7529)  •  Fax: 859.392.1923