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Park and Shelter Rentals

2020  Shelter Season: May 1 to September 7

Request your date up to nine months in advance.  Request is for a private invitation only groups and may not be broadcast by any social media.  For open to public events see Special Events..  Electrical use may not be requested for use of PA systems, or  for a Food Truck vendor.

2019-2020 NOTICE: Scott Carpenter Park will be impacted by 2019-2020 pool construction.

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: Needed in advance of the date of your event submit your alcohol permit request. (Must be a City of Boulder resident.)

Other types of park permits:  noted as Off-Season Park Use (September to April) - first come, first serve for 50 people or fewer. 
Prohibited: Glass containers, alcohol, private grills and amplification.  
  Restroom with limited hours during the Off-Season are at Eben G Fine, Foothills Community, Harlow Platts and Tom Watson parks.

  1. Parks without shelters and off-season groups of 50 people or more will need a Large Group permit.  Requires one week notice and a $100 deposit.
  2. 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. Requires one 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

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

Shelter Name Location   Description
Eben G Fine Park Shelter Third 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
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 Ninth 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/Large Group Permits

  • 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 [email protected] .

Popular parks for private events such as weddings, birthday and graduation parties, family reunions, etc., include:  Chautauqua Lawn and Scott Carpenter Park.  These two locations are approved for an Alcohol Permit.
(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 p.m.
Scott Carpenter Park 1505 30th St City grills not available
Gas Grill with permit
maximum group of 100
No parking due to 2019 pool Construction

Shelter and facility rentals on Flagstaff Mountain.