Picnic Rentals

jean sweeney picnic area

Thank you for your interest in reserving a Picnic Site. The City of Alameda has many beautiful, welcoming and relaxing parks. Areas available for rentals include picnic sites, open space areas, two gazebos and a stage. Here is how to get started!


How to reserve a picnic site:


Step 1: Review Information

Review the Picnic Rental Information and the Facility Use Permit which has a list of the rental sites and fees.

Step 2: Reserve: Go to the online reservation system which is quick and easy to check availability and to reserve and pay for your picnic. You are required to enter a minimum of 3 hours for your rental. Reservations must be received at least 7 days prior to your event and can be submitted up to 6 months. Click on link:  https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/alamedarecreation/reservation/search

You may also submit a Facility Use Permit via email to arpd@alamedaca.gov or drop off your permit to the ARPD Main Office instead of using the online reservation system.

Step 3: Confirmation

Permits are approved Tuesday to Friday during office hours 8:30am to 5:30pm. Your reservation is pending until you receive a confirmation email from the Alameda Recreation and Park Department that your permit is approved.


  • Picnic sites that are available to reserve have a sign with the picnic site number and are reservable through the ARPD. When a picnic site is reserved, there will be a reservation sign with the permit number, person’s name, date and time on the sign. Reservable sites include a BBQ grill.


  • Picnic sites that are first-come, first-serve do not have a reservation sign or a BBQ grill and are open to the public. First-come, first-serve sites do not require a permit, however; jumpers are not allowed at these sites.


  • There are charcoal BBQ grills at each reservable site. No personal BBQ grills are allowed. Please do not throw away your used or hot charcoal as Park Maintenance Staff will dispose of it properly.


Picnic-Sites.pdf(PDF, 137KB)



  • All fees must be paid in full at the time reservation is submitted.  See below for rental fees.
  • Acceptable forms of payment:  Cash, Checks (made payable to ARPD), American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA.
  • Revised Permit:  $25 Administrative Fee for any changes to permit.  No changes allowed to your permit within 7 business days prior to event 




  • The use of caterers, vendors and/or contractors must be approved by ARPD prior to date of use and may include additional fees.
  • The City of Alameda requires proof of the Certificate of Liability Insurance with General Liability of at least $1,000,000.00 and the City of Alameda must be endorsed to the policy as additionally insured under Certificate Holder with the following legal language:

    “The City of Alameda, and its members, officers, directors, agents, volunteers, employees and officials. 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501”

  • A copy of the insurance must be received at the rental office at least seven business days prior to your event date.


  • A picnic reservation is required to add on a jumper. Medium size inflatable jumpers are allowed in most parks, with the exception of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, Shoreline Park and Neighborhood Park where they are not allowed.
  • Inflatables which use water and personal inflatable devices are also not allowed.
  • Jumper use fee in the park is $30.00.
  • Jumpers are allowed within the time stated on your Facility Use Permit.
  • Generators must be provided by inflatable company if electricity is not available in the Park. If electricity is available at a Park, such as Franklin Park, there is an additional $20.00 fee for electricity use and you do not need to obtain a generator.

List of Inflatable Companies that have a current Certificate of Liability on file with ARPD:

***ARPD does not show preference to any of the Inflatable Companies. It is the renter’s responsibility to research and choose the Inflatable Company best suited for the renter. Jumper rental fees are between the Inflatable Company and the renter.



  • Cancellations that are less than 7 days prior to your event will forfeit all fees.
  • Cancellations that are more than 7 days prior to your event, a $40 fee will be charged and the rest of the fees refunded.


  • Please advise our office on the first business day after your reservation if your picnic was cancelled due to rain during the time of your reservation and you will receive a credit on your ARPD account.
  • No refunds.