December 1, 2022

Liz McDonald  
651-266-6367 (c)  

Saint Paul’s 2023 park permit lottery now open

Saint Paul residents and businesses may enter the lottery online or over the phone until Dec. 21, 2022. 2023 permits will be issued beginning Jan. 3  

SAINT PAUL - City of Saint Paul residents and businesses can apply to enter the 2023 park permit lottery online or over the phone from now until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 with permits being issued beginning on Jan. 3, 2023 to lottery entrants.   

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. Saint Paul residents and businesses that wish to enter the lottery may submit a lottery application form by Dec. 21 by visiting or calling Parks Customer Service at 651-266-6400. All entries received by Dec. 21 will be randomly sorted and further instructions will be provided to entrants. Only one entry per resident allowed and lottery entries may not be transferred to other customers.   

Verification of a Saint Paul address will be required prior to a permit being issued. Residents will be required to provide a valid driver’s license or government issued ID for proof of Saint Paul residency. Businesses will be required to provide documentation such as letterhead, stationery or a business card with a Saint Paul address as proof of residency. Organizations claiming tax exempt status must complete a Minnesota ST3 form. 

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 Feb. 1, non-residents may apply for permits. Online shelter permits will also be available starting Feb. 1. 

About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation 
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages over 183 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 26 city-operated recreation centers, more than 120 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, municipal golf courses, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is recognized by the Trust for Public Land™ ParkScore® as the #2 City Park System in the United States in 2022. For more information, visit  


Last Edited: December 1, 2022