PARK RESERVATIONS AND PERMITS

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Planning an outdoor event in the Twin Cities metro area? From small family picnics to large company gatherings, Ramsey County's parks have picnic facilities suited to meet your needs. Our parks offer individual tables, picnic shelters, and pavilions that can hold up to 500 guests, so you're bound to find the perfect place to enjoy your day! 

Reservations for the 2014 picnic season are currently open. ​Reservations may be made by phone, mail, or in-person at the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation administration building (2015 North Van Dyke St, Maplewood, MN 55109).

If you are making your reservation by mail, please fill out a copy of the Picnic Facility Reservation Request Form​ and include it with your reservation request.

CLICK HERE to view the current shelter and pavilion availability for 2014. ​​​​

Please note that the following facilities are unavailable through July 15 due to construction projects:

  • ​Tony Schmidt Regional Park - Pavilion
  • Tony Schmidt Regional Park - Shelter
  • Keller Regional Park - Round Lake Shelter (Shelter #7).​
Additionally, the shelter at Bald Eagle Lake in Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park will be closed May 10-26, 2014 for alum treatment of the lake. Click here to learn more about the alum treatment at Bald Eagle Lake on the Rice Creek Watershed District's website.​

Please note: Our reservations process will be changing in 2014!
Beginning in 2014, reservations for community events may be made up to 13 months in advance. General public reservations may be made 12 months in advance. Availability for 2015 dates will be posted as dates open for reservations.

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Shelter Reservation Policy

Picnic Season and Hours: Picnic shelters and pavilions are generally available from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in September. Shelters can be reserved from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Securing a Permit: Reservations are accepted on a walk-in, first-come-first-served basis only for the first business day in January at Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department headquarters.

Phone-in, walk-in, and mail-in reservations are processed in the order in which they are received beginning the second business day in January. (NOTE: During picnic season, phone reservations and inquiries for the current weekend close at Noon on Friday. In-person inquiries can be made after payment has been secured until 4 p.m.)

NEW! Beginning in 2014, general reservations may be made 12 months in advance. Community event reservations may be made 13 months in advance. Reservations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Facility Types: There are two types of facilities available for rent. Shelters are open aired facilities with picnic tables underneath. Pavilions are open aired facilities with interior kitchens. Both shelters and pavilions have BBQ grills.

Payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover credit cards, cash and in-state checks are accepted for rental fee payments and special use permits. Full payment is due at time a permit is issued.

Deposits: Pavilion rentals require a key/compliance deposit of $200 be paid by CASH or CHECK up to 3 business days prior to event at our office in Maplewood. A form acknowledging permittee responsibilities must be signed before keys will be issued. Keys may be left in drop box located at pavilion or returned to our office two days following event between Noon and 4 p.m. Upon compliance of reservation deposit will be returned. Shelter rentals do not require a deposit. 

Activity Add-ons: Additional fees and insurance requirements exist to add the following activities to shelter and pavilion reservations:

  • roast a whole pig
  • set up inflatable units or dunk tanks
  • use a microphone or detached speakers to amplify sound or music (not allowed at Battle Creek Regional Park).

Beer/Wine Policy

Beer and/or wine permits are available, for no additional cost, upon request with a shelter or pavilion reservation.

Beer or wine/wine coolers may be possessed, transported to and from, and consumed during the course of picnicking within park grounds specifically designated and equipped for such use, excluding beach areas, from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Tony Schmidt Regional Park (except inside shelter), Josephine, McCarrons and White Bear County Parks.
 
Keg Beer may be possessed, transported, and consumed only by special permission granted by a valid permit for use of a specific area on a specified date, issued by the Director, pursuant to Chapter II, Section B, PERMITS, of the Ramsey County Park Ordinance. Keg beer and wine must be served in paper or plastic cups and cases of beer must be in cans. NO GLASSWARE ALLOWED! Beer and/or wine permits are available upon request with a shelter or pavilion reservation.

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Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits​ are required, with an additional fee, to begin or end a picnic outside of standard picnic times (11 a.m.—9:30 p.m.), for community events, races, walks, carnival events, religious ceremonies, etc. and may be granted in connection with a shelter or pavilion reservation. All special permit requests must be received in writing at least 3 weeks prior to event. No refunds are given for cancellations.​
 
Amplified sound/music is not allowed at Battle Creek.
 

Transfers

Transfers must be made at least 30 days prior to original reservation date. No transfers to subsequent years. Refunds are not available for transfers made to a less expensive facility. Transfer requests are accepted in person or by written request with return of permit and payment of nominal transfer fee. The transfer fee for 2014 is $11.00.

Cancellations/Refunds

Refunds​ are not offered for acts of nature or inclement weather cancellations.
 
Shelters: No refunds are given for cancellations.
Pavilions: 60+ days prior to event date - full refund less a $28 cancellation charge shall be refunded. 30-59 days prior to event date - 50% of the permit fee shall be refunded. One to 29 days prior to event date - no refunds are given.
Special Use Permits: No refunds are given for cancellations.

Decorations

To assure the lasting beauty of park facilities, the use of tape, markers, staples, chalk or nails is strictly prohibited.

Clean-Up Responsibilities

Shelters and Pavilions: A clean-up fee will be charged if facility is not cleaned after use. Wipe down picnic tables if food or beverages were spilled.
Put all trash and recyclables (including debris from table area) in containers provided.
Pavilion (with kitchen facilities): Clean kitchen and equipment. Sweep floors and mop if food or beverages were spilled. Return all janitorial supplies and equipment to storage room. 

Trash and Recyclables

Dispose of all trash and recyclable materials in the containers provided. Recycling containers are located throughout Ramsey County parks. These containers are for bottles and cans only.

Hot charcoal must be disposed of in the separate charcoal disposal containers. Do not dump charcoal on the ground. A service fee will be charged if the shelter is not cleaned up after use.

Pets

Pets​​, except guide animals to assist a blind or impaired person, are not allowed to enter any beach area, picnic area, nature interpretive area, wildlife refuge, golf course, park building or park shelter.
 
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