Reserve an Individual or Group Picnic Area

Want to reserve a picnic area? Let us help. Follow the instructions below.

Note that picnic reservations are only required at Mitchell Park, Rinconada Park, and Foothills Nature Preserve. All other picnic area’s in Palo Alto parks are first-come, first-served.

Online

Step 1.Rules & Requirements

  • Group picnic areas can be reserved by Palo Alto residents, organizations, and companies six (6) months in advance.
  • Beginning in May through October, individual picnic areas can be reserved by residents and non-residents. Customers may reserve one (1) or two (2) individual picnic tables on the Monday through Thursday (8:30am to 5:30pm) for the upcoming weekend of use.
  • Visit the City’s Picnic Reservation website and become familiar with the different sites, amenities, alcohol policies, picnic rules, and reservation fees.   

Step 2.Documents Needed

  • Enjoy! Online account
  • Credit card required for payment

Step 3.Online Reservation

  • Enjoy! Online - City of Palo Alto, uses Rec1 for online reservations.

Reservation / Availability Website

Step 4.We'll Get Back to You

By reserving online, you will be able to receive immediate confirmation of your reservation and check transaction history. For questions, e-mail csd@cityofpaloalto.org. Staff will get back to you within one (1) business day.

E-Mail

Step 1.Rules & Requirements

  • Group picnic areas can be reserved by Palo Alto residents, organizations, and companies six (6) months in advance.
  • Beginning in May through October, individual picnic areas can be reserved by residents and non-residents. Customers may reserve one (1) or two (2) individual picnic tables on the Monday through Thursday (8:30am to 5:30pm) for the upcoming weekend of use.
  • Visit the City’s Picnic Reservation website and become familiar with the different sites, amenities, alcohol policies, picnic rules, and reservation fees.   

Step 2.Documents Needed

  • Reservation form
  • Credit card required for payment 

Step 3.Fill out, download, and email the completed form

Email the completed registration form to csd@cityofpaloalto.org.

Group Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 1MB)

Individual Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 775KB)

Reservation/Availability Website

Step 4.We'll Get Back to You

We will contact you within 1 business day to process a one-time credit card payment. Confirmation receipt will be emailed within 24 hours of credit card transaction.  For questions, e-mail csd@cityofpaloalto.org

Mail

Step 1.Rules & Requirements

  • Group picnic areas can be reserved by Palo Alto residents, organizations, and companies six (6) months in advance.
  • Beginning in May through October, individual picnic areas can be reserved by residents and non-residents. Customers may reserve one (1) or two (2) individual picnic tables on the Monday through Thursday (8:30am to 5:30pm) for the upcoming weekend of use.
  • Visit the City’s Picnic Reservation website and become familiar with the different sites, amenities, alcohol policies, picnic rules, and reservation fees.

Step 2.Documents Needed

  • Reservation form
  • Credit card required for payment 

Step 3.Fill out, download, and mail in your completed reservation form

Mail-in your completed reservation form to: 

Lucie Stern Community Center

1305 Middlefield Road

 Palo Alto, CA - 94301

Group Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 1MB)

Individual Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 775KB)

Reservation/Availability Website

Step 4. We'll Get Back to You

Once reservation form is received, staff will give you a call to process a one-time credit card payment. Confirmation receipt will be emailed within 24 hours of credit card transaction.  For questions, e-mail csd@cityofpaloalto.org

In-Person

Step 1.Rules & Requirements

  • Group picnic areas can be reserved by Palo Alto residents, organizations, and companies six (6) months in advance.
  • Beginning in May through October, individual picnic areas can be reserved by residents and non-residents. Customers may reserve one (1) or two (2) individual picnic tables on the Monday through Thursday (8:30am to 5:30pm) for the upcoming weekend of use.
  • Visit the City’s Picnic Reservation website and become familiar with the different sites, amenities, alcohol policies, picnic rules, and reservation fees.   

Step 2.Documents Needed

  • Reservation form
  • Credit card, check, or exact cash required for payment

Step 3.Fill out, print, and walk-in your completed reservation form

Walk-in your completed form to: 

Lucie Stern Community Center

1305 Middlefield Road

 Palo Alto, CA - 94301

Group Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 1MB)

Individual Picnic Area Reservation Form(PDF, 775KB)

Reservation/Availability Website

Step 4.Reservation Confirmation

Confirmation receipt will be printed on-site or can be emailed to you. For questions, e-mail csd@cityofpaloalto.org