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Park and Shelter Rentals

Park and Shelter Rentals

2015 Shelter Rental Season: May 1 to Sept. 7 

Save drive time and the environment by processing the rental agreement by email: use REQUEST link on the right side of this page.   Need a picnic rental for summer 2016?  You can make reservations nine months in advance.  2016 season is first Friday in May to the date after Labor day in September .

Deadlines for reservations

  • Five(5) business 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 less. 
Prohibited: Glass containers, Alcohol, private grills.  

Note: Eben G Fine, Foothills Community and Tom Watson off-season restrooms with limited open hours.

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 two 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

Shelter Name Location   Description
Eben G Fine Park Shelter 3rd St and Arapahoe Ave No City grills
Gas Grill ok
with permit

maximum group of 100

Foothills Community Park 800 Cherry Ave No City grills
Gas Grill ok
with permit
maximum group of 50 each for Shelter A, B max of 25 for Shelter C
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

  • Chautauqua (some restrictions on time/group size)
  • Harlow Platts Park :  note: New shelter to be completed summer 2015!
  • Scott Carpenter

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

Popular parks for private events such as weddings, birthday and graduation parties, family reunions, etc., include:  Chautauqua Lawn, Harlow Platts Park, and Scott Carpenter Park.
(No availability calendar on website for general parks)

Shelter Name Location   Description
Chautauqua Lawn 900 Baseline Rd

City grills not available

Gas Grill with permit

maximum group of 100
permit ends 5:00 pm
Harlow Platts Park 1360 Gillaspie Dr City grills available maximum group of 250
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

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