December 4, 2019

Clare Cloyd
612-760-5074 (c)

Saint Paul’s 2020 Park Permit Lottery to be held Thursday, January 2

Lottery used to give Saint Paul residents and businesses chance at reserving highly sought after picnic shelters and pavilions

SAINT PAUL - City of Saint Paul residents and businesses can apply in person for 2020 park permits beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020.  A lottery will be held at the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Como Maintenance Office, located at 1100 North Hamline Ave, and will open at 6:30 a.m. with lottery numbers issued from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

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. Park permits will be issued starting at 7:01 a.m. to customers using a random lottery system. Customers arriving after 7:00 a.m. will be issued permits on a first-come, first-served basis after all the lottery customers have been served. Lottery numbers may not be transferred to other customers, and there will be no phone reservations accepted until January 3. 

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 show a valid driver’s license or government issued ID for proof of Saint Paul residency. For business reservations, documentation such as letterhead, stationery or 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 3, permit applications will be accepted from Saint Paul residents and businesses via phone at 651-266-6400 or in-person at 25 West 4th Street, Suite 400. Regular permit reservation hours are 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.

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Last Edited: December 5, 2019