Mitchell Park Community Center

Community center courtyard

Please note: Due to Covid 19, our offices continue to remain closed to the public. Please contact us via email or phone for general inquiries.        


What We Do

Rebuilt in 2014, the Mitchell Park Community Center provides the City of Palo Alto with an environmentally-friendly community complex. This 15,000-square-foot complex is part of a larger 41,000-square-foot campus including the Mitchell Park Library and Ada's Cafe. Strategically placed to maximize natural sunlight, the building surrounds a picturesque courtyard featuring a mature California Coastal Valley Oak tree. Our event spaces are perfect for your next wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, business meeting, or special event.  


 The Mitchell Park Community Center may be reserved for events up to one (1) year in advance. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, or turned in at the community center. Once an application is approved, an event permit will be emailed with event details, rental fees, and payment plan. One-third of the total is due within one week (non-refundable), and the remaining balance is due thirty days prior to the event. We require 30 days notice for application submissions.  For tours, please call us to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are accepted, however we ask that you call ahead of time in case there is an event taking place.  Please consider conducting your business by web or phone at 650-329-2400.


At this time, Mitchell Park Community Center WILL CANCEL ALL RENTALS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  We appreciate your understanding and patience during this rapidly changing situation. This decision is a result of the most recent guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health Department and is meant to reduce community transmission and to slow the spread of the virus. To find the most up-to-date City information related to COVID-19, please visit:


Rental Information
Rental Application
Insurance Requirements
Do I Need Insurance?

Facility Information
Room & Pricing Information

Municipal Fee Schedule

Room Availability


Rules & Regulations
Rules & Regulations
Rental Policies



Facility Map
Room Layouts


Contact Us

Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone: (650) 329-2400
Fax: (650) 251-9109

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30am - 5:30pm


Room Rental Information


Cancellation Policy 
Cancellations must be made in writing and received thirty (30) days before the event. One third of rental fees and charges is non-refundable unless the City cancels the permit, wherein a full refund will be made. No refund is given if cancellation is made less than thirty (30) days before the event.

Facility Attendants
In addition to the hourly room rates, a $41/hr charge will be applied to events occurring outside our normal business hours. There is a four (4) hour minimum for facility attendants. If your event is less than four (4) hours, you will still be charged for the four (4) hour minimum.

*El Palo Alto Room
Resident $242/hr | Non-Resident $362/hr | Non-Profit $121/hr

The El Palo Alto Room features hardwood floors and built-in audio-visual technology making this room ideal for dances, parties, and weddings. This large 3,000 square-foot room can accommodate 250 dining, 300 assembly seating, or 500 standing guests and is connected to a catering kitchen for your convenience (rented separately).

El Palo Alto Room

*Adobe Room
Resident $190/hr | Non-Resident $284/hr | Non-Profit $95/hr

The Adobe North Room measures 1,735 square feet and features a built-in projector and seating for 90, making it ideal for large meetings or presentations.

Adobe Room

Matadero Room
Resident $96/hr | Non-Resident $144/hr | Non-Profit $48/hr

The Matadero Room measures over 900 square feet and can accommodate 45 seated guests, making it ideal for meetings, classes, or small gatherings.

Matadero Room

Resident $69/hr | Non-Resident $104/hr | Non-Profit $35/hr

Our kitchen comes fully equipped with an ice machine, a stove, oven, microwave, sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and warming units.

*Rooms can be divided into smaller rooms. For a complete list of fees and room specifics, please see the Room & Pricing Information sheet.