2021 Permit Lottery
- 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.
- City of Saint Paul residents and businesses can apply to enter the 2021 park permit lottery online or over the phone from now until Dec. 21 with permits being issued beginning on Jan. 4, 2021 to lottery entrants.
- Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 lottery will not be held in person and will instead be conducted using an online randomized lottery system.
- Saint Paul residents and businesses that wish to enter the lottery may submit a lottery application or call the Parks Customer Support desk at 651-266-6400. All entries received by Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. will be randomly sorted, and lottery results and further instructions will be provided to entrants. Lottery numbers may not be transferred to other customers.
- Verification of a Saint Paul address will be required to obtain a lottery entry and to make a reservation.
- 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 prior to a lottery ticket being issued. Organizations claiming tax exempt status must bring in a completed Minnesota ST3 form. This is an annual requirement. No exceptions.
- Beginning January 5, 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, online shelter permits will be available and non-residents may apply for permits.
- 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.
- For changes and updates to our COVID-19 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.