Park & Facility Reservations

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2022 Permit Lottery Information

2022 Permit Lottery Form 

  • Due to the high demand for certain dates and locations, the lottery system is used to give residents and businesses an equal opportunity to make reservations for in-demand picnic shelter and pavilion locations and dates.  The lottery will not be held in person and will instead be conducted using an online randomized lottery system. 
  • City of Saint Paul residents and businesses may enter the 2022 park permit lottery starting December 1 by filling out the form or by calling 651-266-6400. All entries must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on December 20, 2021. 
  • Only one lottery entry is allowed per person. 
  • All entries received by December 20, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. will be randomly sorted and further instructions will be provided to entrants. This number will dictate the order which your permit will be processed. Lottery numbers may not be transferred to other customers. 
  • Permits will be issued to lottery entrants beginning on January 3, 2022.
  • Verification of a Saint Paul address will be required prior to a permit being issued.
  • Customers applying for a private event will be required to provide a valid driver’s license or government issued ID number for proof of Saint Paul residency. 
  • For business reservations, documentation such as letterhead, stationery or a business card must be provided.
  • Organizations claiming tax exempt status must complete a Minnesota ST3 form. This is an annual requirement. No exceptions. 
  • Selecting a preferred date or location on the lottery application form does not guarantee the applicant will receive that date or location. 
  • Beginning January 4, permit applications will be accepted from all Saint Paul residents and businesses via phone at 651-266-6400 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Beginning February 1:
  • A separate lottery form is required for those who wish to rent the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion at Harriet Island for an event in 2023 or Kelley’s Landing, Raspberry Island and Upper Landing Park for an event 2022. Visit www.stpaul.gov/harriet-island-permit-lottery to submit the Harriet Island permit lottery form. 

2022 Permit Lottery Form

2022 Permit Season General Information

  • The 2022 picnic permit season runs from May 2- October 2.
  • Reservations need to be made a minimum of seven business days in advance.
  • Permits are issued and allowed for summer holidays.
  • Reserved parking spaces are not permitted in our parks; all parking is general and on a first come, first served basis.
  • All insurance certificates must be submitted to Saint Paul Parks and Recreation no later than 15 business days prior to the event. Failure to do so will result in event being canceled. Insurance is required for all inflatables and no dunk tanks are allowed in parks. See Saint Paul Event Insurance Requirements for more information.
  • Organizations claiming tax exempt status must submit a completed MN Certificate of Exemption (ST3) form prior to making a reservation. This tax exempt number must be issued by the State of MN and not by the IRS Department of Treasury.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department retains the right to shutdown any rental for any violation of the Park Permit Rules & Regulations, city ordinances, or laws that are violated, without refund of the rental fee.
  • Parks and Recreation will continue to closely monitor Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines to inform all future decisions on park permits. All permit holders must adhere to current public health guidance on event capacities, social distancing and usage of face coverings.
  • Permit Office rentals and reservations are subject to our Changes and Cancellations Policy.
  • For any questions, contact the Permit Office at 651-266-6400 Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm, or parkspermits@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
  • Answers to many common questions can be found in our Park Permit Rules and Regulations.
  • For more information on our COVID-19 response, visit stpaul.gov/parks-covid19

Locations & Rates

Browse our most popular reservable locations below. If you are interested in reserving a site not listed, please contact the Permit Office at 651-266-6400 or parkspermits@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Planning Large Events & Festivals

From iconic Como Regional Park to stunning Harriet Island, Saint Paul is packed with great outdoor spaces to host festivals, concerts, races and more! See the Large Event & Festival Planning page for more information.

Other Permits

Boulevard Tree Permits

  • All maintenance work being performed on public boulevard trees requires a free permit issued by Saint Paul Forestry.
  • For more information, call Forestry at 651-266-6400, or visit the boulevard tree permit webpage.

Fossil Hunting

Requests for fossil hunting permits are not being accepted at this time. No fossil hunting is allowed as fossil grounds are currently closed.

Photo and Film Permits

Visit the Photo and Film Permit page for more information.

Last Edited: December 1, 2021