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:

  1. Rental Information: Review the Picnic Rental Information so you will have an understanding of the picnic policies including cancellation options. (click here )
  2. Fees and Picnic Sites: Review the Facility Use Permit as it has a list all of our rental sites and fees so you can be prepared when you put your reservation through. (Facility Use Permit )
  3. Jumper: If you are requesting a jumper with your picnic you will need to fill out a Facility Use Permit instead of using the online reservation system. Email the completed Facility Use Permit with payment to arpd@alamedaca.gov to submit your request.
  4. Reserve: Go to the online reservation system to reserve your picnic. You are required to enter a minimum of 3 hours for your rental. Reservations must be received at least 7 business days, not counting weekends, prior to your event and can be submitted up to 6 months. Click on link:  https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/alamedarecreation/reservation/search
  5. 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.



You may reserve the picnic areas on Saturdays and Sundays at the park sites listed below. Three-hour minimum is required and you must include your set-up and clean-up time in your requested hours.  See Picnic Rental Packet(PDF, 211KB) for the list of picnic sites.

  • Note that there are some picnic areas in our parks that remain first-come, first-served, however, outside vendors are not allowed at these picnic areas.  You must have a picnic reservation to add a vendor/jumper.
  • Charcoal barbeque grills are available for use at the picnic sites.  Leave charcoal in the public BBQ after use and ARPD Staff will dispose of it.  No personal barbeques are allowed.


  • See Picnic Rental Packet(PDF, 211KB) for complete fee listings
  • All fees must be paid in full at the time the reservation is submitted.
  • 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 any outside vendors, such as hired contractors, inflatable jumpers and caterers, by any rental groups must be approved by ARPD prior to date of use and may include additional fees.  Additional insurance requirements must be met seven (7) business days prior to date of event.

JUMPERS:  A picnic reservation is required to add on a jumper.  Medium size Inflatable jumpers are allowed in all parks with the exception of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park where they are not allowed.  Inflatables which use water are not allowed and personal inflatable devices are not allowed.  Jumper use fee in the park is $30 and only 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 (for example Franklin Park), there is an additional $20 fee for electricity use and you do not need to obtain a generator.

See Picnic Rental Packet(PDF, 211KB) for a 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 renters' responsibility to research and choose the Inflatable Company best suited for the renter.  Jumper rental fees are between the Inflatable Company and the renter.

If You Cancel:

  • Less than 7 Business Days to your event:  All fees will be forfeited
  • More then 7 Business Days to your event:  $40 fee will be charged and the rest of the fees refunded

Rainy Day Policy:

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