2023 Permit Lottery Information

  • 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 2023 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 21, 2022. 
  • Only one lottery entry is allowed per person. 
  • All entries received by December 21, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. will be randomly sorted and further instructions will be provided to entrants. Lottery entries 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 Harriet Island Permit Lottery Form is required for those who wish to rent the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion at Harriet Island for an event in 2024 or Kelley’s Landing, Raspberry Island and Upper Landing Park for an event 2023.

Permit Lottery Form

2023 Permit Season General Information

  • The 2023 picnic permit season runs from May 1 - October 1.
  • Reservations need to be made a minimum of 14 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 Parks & Recreation Rules & Regulations, Park Permit Rules and Regulations, city ordinances, or laws that are violated, without refund of the rental fee.
  • 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.

NOTE: This page applies to groups of 999 people or less. For groups of 1,000 or more, please see Large Event and Community Festival Reservations.

Picnic Facility Quick Facts (PDF)

When to Reserve a Shelter, Pavilion or Building

  • Application dates for the Newell Park building and Como Streetcar Station ONLY: City of Saint Paul residents and businesses may apply for a permit the first business day of the month, 13 months in advance of their desired event date. Nonresidents and businesses may apply beginning the first business day of the month, 12 months in advance of their desired event date.
  • Application dates for Como Lakeside Pavilion or Harriet Island Pavilion: See Como Lakeside Pavilion and Harriet Island websites for rental information.
  • Application dates for all other shelter and pavilion locations: See top of page above for shelter and pavilion application dates for the current year.
  • Application deadline: All applications must be made at least 14 days prior to the event.

How to Reserve a  Picnic Shelter

  • Picnic shelters can be reserved online or by contacting the Permit Office at 651-266-6400 or parkscustomerservice@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
  • Phone reservation hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Reservation calendars for picnic shelters can be viewed online.

Reserve a Picnic Shelter Online

How to Reserve a Pavilion or Building 

  • Reservation calendars for the Newell Park Building and pavilions at Como Regional Park, Highland Park, and Phalen Regional Park can be viewed online
  • Pavilion and buildings are not available for online reservation. Please call the Permit Office at 651-266-6400 or email parkscustomerservice@ci.stpaul.mn.us for permit assistance. Phone reservation hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Note: This applies only to the locations listed below. Additional locations can be found on the main Permits & Rentals page.)

Rental Sessions

The day is divided into two sessions. If you would like to reserve the entire day, you are required to pay for two sessions.  Please note, setup and cleanup times need to be included in your rental time.

  • One Session: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Two Sessions (All Day): 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Shelter, Pavilion & Building Locations

Pavilions, picnic shelters, and other buildings are available to rent at these beautiful Saint Paul parks.

Cherokee Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Como Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Eastside Heritage Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Hidden Falls Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Highland Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Indian Mounds Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Newell Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Phalen Regional Park

Map | Website | Rental Rates | Facility Dimensions

Other Rental Locations

Many additional facilities and amenities are available to rent through Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.

Additional Information

  • Parking: There is no reserved parking in any Saint Paul park.
  • Site Visits: There will be a $25 charge for persons requesting to view the facilities before the event.  You must contact the permit office at least 7 days prior to your permit so arrangements can be made for a staff person to show you the facility.
  • Application Limit: Only one permit application will be accepted per day from any group, individual, or organization.
  • Changes & Cancellations: See our Changes and Cancellations Policy.

Picnic Shelter & Pavilion Quick Facts

Picnic Facility Quick Facts (PDF)

Saint Paul Picnic Facilities - Quick Facts Breakdown

Last Edited: December 1, 2022