At the City of Kalamazoo, our top priority is providing a safe environment for everyone who lives, works or visits our community. The First Amendment guarantees individuals and groups the right to express their opinion through non-violent, peaceful assemblies and demonstrations.
For Event Organizers:
As you plan your event, please review the information below to ensure the lines of communication with the City and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) are open and safety requirements are met.
pdf First Amendment Assemblies - Questions & Answers (124 KB)
pdf First Amendment Assemblies - Guidance for use of Parks, Sidewalks & Streets (122 KB)
If you wish to reserve a park or are requesting to close a sidewalk or a street, please complete a special event form and submit it to the Parks & Recreation Department as soon as possible. More information can be found at www.kzooparks.org/specialevents.
To coordinate an event with the assistance from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety please contact the Office of Community Affairs at (269) 337-8270.
For Legal Observers:
As legal observers, we respect the critical role you play in observing and recording events happening in the City of Kalamazoo and throughout the county.
As a member of the media, we respect the role you play in covering important events happening in the City of Kalamazoo, throughout the county and across the state.