Reservations are non-refundable.
IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO POSSESS OR CONSUME ALCOHOL IN ANY CITY OF MUSKEGON PARK.
We currently have 3 spaces available for weddings: Pere Marquette Beach wedding site, Channel Wall wedding site, and McGraft Park Lagoon wedding site. To check availability and to make a reservation you may use the city’s website https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofmuskegon In the search field, type Wedding. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance, but must be made at least 4 days in advance. Our rental blocks are 9a-3p or 4p-11p. All set up/take down must be completed within your designated time frame.
Weddings can only be scheduled between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, weddings are NOT permitted on Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day.
Please be aware, our parks/beach is for the use and enjoyment of all. Public access must not be restricted in any way. There also may be scheduled parks/beach related activities such as organized walks, runs, volleyball tournaments, boat races, etc. which may conflict with your event. Parking may be limited due to scheduled events and/or public use of the park/beach. There is no reserved parking. Parking space for guests attending your event is not guaranteed. The City of Muskegon takes no responsibility or liability in this instance.
Reservations for weddings are made on a “Pending” basis until approved by staff. After your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Park Supervisor before approval is given. Once approved, a permit will be issued. You must have your permit with you on the day of your event.
Reservations for weddings can be made online using a credit card for payment, or in person at the Department of Public Works at 1350 E. Keating Avenue Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. In person payment is accepted by cash, check or credit card.
PERE MARQUETTE BEACH is the only beach location for a wedding at this time. Pere Marquette area holds approximately 50 people. Beach weddings are approved based on a non-exclusive agreement for a simple ceremony only. You are reserving 625 sq. feet of parks/beach space. City staff will have a 25 ft. X 25 ft. area roped off and reserved; the entire wedding ceremony must be confined in that space. Because of the limited allowable space, it is not appropriate for people considering a large formal wedding.
Public access to the beach must be maintained. It is against the law for us to prohibit public access to the beach in any way.
There is no access to power on the beach; a generator may be used.
CHANNEL WEDDING is an outdoor wedding space with a picnic shelter. Please be aware this shelter only seats 24 people. You are responsible for leaving facilities and surrounding grounds free of litter. Patrons must wipe clean the tables and clean spills on the floors.
All of our shelters have regular-standard 110 electrical outlets. It is highly recommended that you use surge protected electrical strips instead of extension cords. The City of Muskegon assumes no responsibility if your electrical items are damaged.
McGRAFT PARK LAGOON WEDDING. Maximum capacity is 50 people. There is no access to power at McGraft Lagoon; a generator may be used.
You must be 18 or older to reserve a facility. Responsible adult supervision must be provided at all times to ensure that the facility and surrounding grounds are utilized in a safe and orderly manner. The City of Muskegon assumes no responsibility, financially or otherwise, for accidents or injuries sustained by individuals or groups of individuals using any facility. The park staff has the authority to require persons violating park rules or City ordinances to leave the park. Any violation of park rules or City ordinances may result in loss of reservation and prohibition or restriction of future access to facilities. If you are having music of any type, it must comply with the City’s noise ordinance.
To protect the environment and wildlife, we ask that you do not throw rice or confetti or release any balloons. If you’d like, you may use items that do not harm the environment such as bubbles or birdseed.
PETS – No unrestrained, unleashed or uncontrolled pet shall be allowed in any park. Pets MUST be cleaned up after and pooper-scooper device must be on the person in control of the animal. Pets are not allowed in the beach wedding area. Violators could be fined under City ordinance Chapter 6.
TENTS/ARCHES – Pop-Up tents or arches that require no staking may be used. STAKING AND DIGGING IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED! Sand bags or water barrels may be used to weigh down tents and arches.
PICTURES IN PUBLIC PARKS/BEACHES- State law declares that there is NO expectation of privacy when using public property. The City of Muskegon may decide to use any pictures taken at our public parks for promotional purposes on our website or any related public information regarding our parks and/or weddings.
If there are any problems with the facility, call (231) 724-4100 between 8am -4pm on weekdays. After 4:00 pm, on weekends, and holidays, please call the answering service at (231) 737-2680.