Picnic Site Reservations

We are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. Get your application in today!

We will not be accepting applications for shelters or tables at Gas Works Park for the 2023 season. We are pleased to announce we ARE accepting applications once again for all of Woodland Park. Note some of your favorite spots may have changed, look at our new maps.

We have dozens of beautiful parks located in the Seattle area available for picnic reservations. Our sites are perfect for birthday parties and social gatherings of all types and sizes.  Maps of each reservable picnic park can be found below by clicking next to the park name.

In order to reserve successfully, please carefully read the picnic brochure and application for instructions on scheduling, capacity and rules of the parks; then fill out and return the included Picnic Application to the contacts specificed on the application. 

Complete an online application for a Picnic (Do not forward the automatically generated email.)

Make sure to double check before submitting

If you hire a caterer or bring special equipment, please complete an online form and download the Insurance Requirements.

 Complete an online Catering/Special Equipment Form (rental number required)

Click on the park name below to see photos and a map of each picnic site. See more pictures of our reservable picnic sites on our Flickr page.

Popular Picnic Sites

When to Reserve

NOW. As of April 1st we are accepting applications in the order they are received. Don't wait, get your application in now. For fastest response, submit your application with your 5 desired dates and/or parks for best chance of getting one you want. 

Quick Facts

  • Alcohol is prohibited in City parks, including all picnic areas.
  • We are unable to offer you a refund for any reason once payment is made.  
  • Electricity and Water are NOT provided for picnic reservations. 
  • Amplified sound is NOT permitted in City of Seattle Parks.
  • Parks that are not listed are first-come, first-served. You are welcome to enjoy picnics at any Seattle park.
  • Important note: events with bounce houses, canopies and/or catering can only be scheduled at one of our listed picnic parks and must obtain a permit. 

Half Day or Full Day Options

  • AM Half Day 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. *
  • PM Half Day 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *
  • Whole Day 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

* For half day pricing please refer the Picnic Brochure. All fees listed in the table below are for an all day shelter rental and do not include the additional cost of tables ($25 all day) that you may be required to rent, depending on your party size. 

Picnic Map

We are not accepting applications for shelters or tables at Gas Works park for the 2023 season. Additionally, Lower Woodland Park's former shelters 1, 2 and 5 are no longer available. Individual tables inside and outside of these shelters are still reservable: Shelter 1 is now limited to table 66 and 67; Shelter 2 is limited to Table 68; and Shelter 5 is limited to Table 69 and 70.

Note: most parks have non-reserved tables that are first come, first serve, in addition to reservable tables.

The following link shows the city-wide locations for picnic sites. Click on a star in this link: explore the map in a new tab here.

Picnic Shelters & Tables: Reservation Options
Shelter NameShelter Fee (full day)CapacitySheltered TablesUnsheltered TablesADA

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Interim Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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