There are several facilities in the Open Space preserves that can be rented or reserved. These include picnic areas, meeting rooms, campsites and canoes. Note that groups of 24 or fewer (children included) do not need a reservation to use most picnic areas.
Payment for reservations is due immediately. Cancellations must be made in writing and received two weeks before the event. A cancellation fee (1/3 of total charges) is non-refundable unless the city cancels the permit, wherein a full refund will be made. No refund is given if cancellation is less than two weeks.
All picnic areas in the open space preserves are first-come, first-served for groups of 24 or fewer adults and children. The exception is Oak Grove picnic area in Foothills Nature Preserve, which is by reservation only for gatherings up to 150 adults and children. For specific picnic rules and regulation, please see notes below:
Foothills Nature Preserve:
Any group of 25 or more adults and children in Foothills Nature Preserve must reserve Oak Grove. Oak Grove is the only picnic area that can be reserved for the exclusive use of gatherings of 1-150 people.
Meeting rooms are available for rent in the Foothills Interpretive Center and the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center.
Note: Rental of this room does not include the lobby area of the Interpretive Center, which is a public space and therefore is not reservable. Also, if you have a reservation for the Interpretive Center meeting room, you must submit a guest list one week in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated on April 02, 2021