Public Services

Group Permits

Groups of 25 people or more looking to use Stage Fort Park or Wingaersheek Beach for a picnic, family outing, school field trip, catered event, or other use are required to make a reservation and pay the appropriate fee.

Event TypeFee
Catered events$250
Commercial outings$250 / $400 depending on the season
Family outings and non-catered events$75
Schools, YMCAs, and summer camps$25

If your group is arriving by bus, please note that there is a $40 parking fee at Wingaersheek Beach for each bus and $30 for each bus at Stage Fort Park. Buses are not allowed to drop off groups within the park without first paying the parking fee.


Reservations can be made by calling Diana Bishop at (978) 325-5600, email Diana Bishop or by sending a check payable to:

The City of Gloucester Parks Department, Attention Diana Bishop, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Wedding Permits

Weddings are permitted at several public locations throughout Gloucester. View more information about reservations, locations, and permits for weddings.

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