People usually come to visit Santa Fe for its history, culture, art scene or outdoor recreational opportunities. The city (and county’s) parks offer an unexpected mix of all these things. The Santa Fe Plaza, center of life in the oldest capital city in the USA for over 400 years, offers art events, concerts, American Indian vendors who sell their handcrafted wares daily, as well as a place to hang out and rest after a busy day of sightseeing. The other two parks that visitors will easily encounter are Cathedral Park adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi and the ten acre Railyard Park in the trendy Railyard District. The others are tucked away in neighborhoods such as the historic and elegant Eastside or the South Capital district. In fact, you’ll find small parks all over the city; there are 68 developed parks encompassing over 900 acres. They offer getaways for quiet time, play areas, sports fields, swimming pools and picnic areas (some equipped with BBQ grills.
A few of the parks are perfect wedding venues (or places for other parties or gatherings). If your group in 25 people or less, you don’t need a permit, but your space won’t be reserved. If you have more than 25 people or want to guarantee your space, apply for a permit. The cost for the permit is based on the size of your group and the day of the week you wish to reserve the space.