The First Amendment gives all Americans the right to free speech. It is a cornerstone of American democracy. In order to protect park resources and to keep all visitors safe, the Courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of Americans' constitutional rights may be reasonably regulated. A small group (25 people or less) is not required to obtain a First Amendment permit if they are located within the park's designated First Amendment free speech area. Groups larger than 25 people must obtain a permit even if they are utilizing the park's First Amendment free speech area.
The park's designated First Amendment free speech area is located at the flagpole island in the visitor center parking lot at the Mound City Group visitor center. Specifically, it is the southern portion of the island where the concrete sidewalk divides the island into two sections. The north/northwest boundary of the First Amendment area is the NW edge of the entire concrete sidewalk length. The north & northwest boundary line ends where the concrete sidewalk meets the asphalt drive at both ends. The remainder of the First Amendment area boundary is where the edge of the grass meets the asphalt pavement. Scroll down for a map showing the exact area designation.
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First Amendment Area
Last updated: October 25, 2017