Park and Shelter Rentals
2017 Shelter Rental Season: May 5 to Sept. 4
Save drive time and the environment by processing the rental agreement by email: use REQUEST link on the right side of this page. Request your date 9 months in advance.
2018 season is first Friday in May to the day after Labor Day in September.
Deadlines for reservations - minimum notice
- Seven (7) calendar days - one week: before the date of your event for park and shelter reservations.
- Fifteen (15) calendar days: before the date of your event submit your alcohol permit request (must be a City of Boulder resident).
Other types of park permits
A) Off-Season Park Use (Sept to April) - first come/first serve for 50 people or fewer.
Prohibited: Glass containers, alcohol, private grills and amplification.
Note: Restroom with limited hours during the fall/winter are at Eben G Fine, Foothills Community, Harlow Platts and Tom Watson parks.
B) Parks without shelters and off-season groups of 50 people or more will need a Large Group permit.
C) Bringing your own gas grill to a park: to bring a gas grill to any city park you must have a permit from our office. It requires a week notice for the permit to be approved and a $100 deposit. No private charcoal grills are allowed. A Gas grill at any park with a shelter requires the rental of the shelter during the summer season.
Picnic shelter and park descriptions - Time blocks 10-2 pm or 5-9 pm, Fees generally $100/$125. For more detail use the link: Park and Shelter Rental Reservation Process.
|Eben G Fine Park Shelter||3rd St and Arapahoe Ave||No City grills
Gas Grill ok
maximum group of 100
|Foothills Community Park||800 Cherry Ave||No City grills
Gas Grill ok
|maximum group of 50 each for Shelter A, B max of 25 for Shelter C|
|Harlow Platts Park Shelter||3160 Gillaspie||City grills
|maximum group of 250|
|Martin Park Shelter||36th St and Eastman||City grills provided||maximum group of 100|
|North Boulder Park Shelter||9th St and Dellwood||City grills provided||maximum group of 250|
|Tom Watson Park Shelter||6180 N 63rd St||City grills provided||maximum group of 250|
Parks Without Shelters - allowing alcohol year round with a permit (15 days needed)
- Chautauqua (some restrictions on time/group size)
- Scott Carpenter Park
Large Group Permits for Private Events
- Groups with 50 or more people at city parks (excluding reservable Shelters during the summer) must obtain a Large Group permit prior to gathering.
- Code 8-3-14. Group permits for private events will not reserve a specific area at the park.
- Parks will remain open to general park visitors. A $100 to $200 deposit is due for this group permit.
To request a large group permit call 303 413-7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popular parks for private events such as weddings, birthday and graduation parties, family reunions, etc., include: Chautauqua Lawn and Scott Carpenter Park. These two locatioons are approved for an Alcohol Permit.
(No availability calendar on website for general parks)
|Chautauqua Lawn||900 Baseline Rd||
City grills not available
Gas Grill with permit
|maximum group of 100
permit ends 5:00 pm
|Scott Carpenter Park||1505 30th St||City grills not available
Gas Grill with permit
|maximum group of 100|
Shelter and facility rentals on Flagstaff Mountain see Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.