Shelter Rental Season

Our regular season begins on the first weekend in May and ends Labor Day.

General Guidelines

You may use parks and picnic shelters on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groups must be limited to 50 people or fewer and all participants must follow local and state public health guidance. Glass containers, alcohol and private grills are prohibited.

2022 Park Shelter Reservations will begin in January 2022

Due to continued concerns with COVID-19, and other considerations, requests for 2022 park shelter reservations will not be available until January 2022.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to evaluate and review our shelter rental process.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, all city park shelters and city provided grills are first come, first serve to the general public for groups under 50 people.
If your group has 50 people or more you are required to reserve the shelter during the rental season.
If your group has 50 people or more and it is not the rental season you will need a Large Group Permit.
Maximum groups are 250 at Foothills Community Park, East Boulder Community Park, Harlow Platts Park, North Boulder Park and Tom Watson.
Reserving a shelter, for any size group, will give you priority use of the shelter and grill over the general public for a four hour time block.
To bring a Grill -gas grill only- into a park with a shelter during the rental season requires the rental of the shelter. To bring a gas grill to any city park you are required to have a permit and pay a deposit.

Maximum group size is determined by Risk and Park Operations for safety and access to parking in the area.

Maximum Group size is 100 people (including children) at:
Eben G Fine Park and Martin Park

Maximum Group Size is 250 people (including children) at:
Foothills Community Park, Harlow Platts Park, East Boulder Community Park, North Boulder Park, and Tom Watson Park.

Groups over 250 will find good options at our Boulder Reservoir.

Chautauqua Park is the open lawn area north of the Chautauqua buildings to Baseline Road within the circular drive. The shelter located behind the Dining Hall is a Chautauqua Association rental. If your group in the open lawn area is between 50 and 100 people you will need a large group gathering permit and your event must end by 5 p.m. You must have a permit to bring a gas grill and/or have any alcohol at Chautauqua park open lawn area for any size group. The permit may have a fee and requires a deposit of $100 to $200.
NOTE: The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department manages the trail system. The Chautauqua Association owns and manages the buildings and lodging. The Chautauqua Dining Hall is a private business.

The established four hour time blocks are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We have arranged the time blocks to accommodate either a lunch time event or a dinner event. The time between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and the time between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. are for scheduled maintenance and general public use.

If your event is open to the public or for fund raising, you must apply for a Special Event Permit

Yes, with a city-approved alcohol permit only. In order to be approved for an alcohol permit the applicant apply a minimum of 15 days in advance of the date of event. Alcohol permits are approved year round for our Community Parks and only during the shelter rental season for Eben G Fine, Martin and North Boulder. Tom Watson park does not allow any alcohol. June 2021

Your name, Business or organization name (if applicable), address, phone number, birthdate, park location, time block, maximum number of people expected. The process can be completed by using the Shelter Rental Request online form and payment made by VISA, MC, Discover or AmEx.

Cash, Check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

The deposit will be returned about 14 days after your event. If you paid with a credit card the refund will be credited back to the same credit card. If you paid with cash or check you will receive a check from the City of Boulder finance office.

You may bring a battery operated portable player or have acoustical music only. Use of amplification or live bands is allowed in the Central Park/Civic area with a special event permit or the Boulder Reservoir.

Please request electrical use at least 15 days in advance. Request electrical when you request your shelter. You pay a $10 fee for access to electrical outlets. Pick up a key no more than three days in advance of your event at the Iris Center. Return the key by Monday of the following week.

City parks are open to the public first come, first serve. If your group has more than 50 people you will need a large group gathering permit and a deposit of $100 to $200. The deposits amount is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the event plan and number of people expected.