Reserve a Picnic Shelter, Pavilion or Building
2020 Permit Season Information
- The 2020 picnic season runs from May 2 - October 4. Some facilities may close earlier in October depending on weather.
- Emergency Executive Order 2020-01 limits gatherings in the City of Saint Paul to 50 or less through July 13. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will make decisions for July 14 and beyond in accordance with current state orders and public health guidelines at that time.
- For all picnic pavilion rentals, facility kitchens and restrooms will not be available. A porta-potty will be onsite.
- For all picnic shelter rentals, facility restrooms will not be available. A porta-potty will be onsite.
- No drinking fountains will be turned on this season, so please plan to bring your own water for drinking.
- Tables and high-frequency touch points will be sanitized between groups to the best of our ability with current staffing capacities, at least once/day.
- Additionally, we expect that all current public health restrictions and guidelines in the ‘Stay Safe MN’ plan related to capacities and safety are strictly adhered to, including the following health guidelines:
- Maintain at least six feet of distance from other attendees who are not part of the same household.
- Masks are required to be worn in all Saint Paul parks and outdoor public spaces when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should not attend.
- Anyone who is at a higher risk of illness should consider not attending.
- Follow all CDC and State of MN outdoor park and recreation guidelines.
- Regular park rules and regulations apply.
- For changes and updates to our response, visit stpaul.gov/parks-covid19.
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.
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: Due to ever-changing guidelines related to COVID-19, we cannot accept online reservations at this time. Please call 651-266-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for permit assistance. Phone reservation hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Application deadline: All applications must be made at least seven days prior to the event.
How to Reserve a Shelter, Pavilion or Building
- Reserving a Pavilion or Building: Due to ever-changing guidelines related to COVID-19, we cannot accept online reservations at this time. Please call 651-266-6400 or email email@example.com 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.)
- Reserving a Shelter: You can self-permit picnic shelters online or contact the Permit Office.
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: 7:30am-2:00pm or 3:30pm-9:30pm
- Two Sessions (All Day): 7:30am-9:30pm
Shelter, Pavilion & Building Locations
Pavilions, picnic shelters, and other buildings are available to rent at these beautiful Saint Paul parks.
Cherokee Regional Park
Como Regional Park
Crosby Farm Regional Park
Eastside Heritage Park
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Indian Mounds Regional Park
Phalen Regional Park
Other Rental Locations
Many additional facilities and amenities are available to rent through Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
- 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.