Picnic Rentals

jean sweeney picnic area

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Availability and Reservations

All picnic sites that are available to reserve have a sign listing the picnic site number.  All other picnic tables that do not have a reservation sign are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Charcoal Barbecue Grills are available for use at each reservable site.  No personal barbecue grills are allowed.

Picnic areas are available for rent on Saturdays and Sundays for a minimum of 3 hours.

In order to reserve a picnic area, you must complete a Facility Use Permit Form and submit it with payment at least 7 business days prior to event and up to 3 months prior to your event.  Must be 21 years to obtain a permit.

You may submit your completed permit and payment by:

  • Emailarpd@alamedaca.gov
  • Fax(510) 523-4071
  • In Person or Mail:  Alameda Recreation and Park Department, 2226 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

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.

Franklin Park
                     Longfellow Park
Godfrey Park
                     Marina Cove
Jean Sweeney Open Space Park
                     McKinley Park
Krusi Park
                     Shoreline Park
Leydecker Park
                     Tillman Park
Lincoln Park
                     Washington Park
Littlejohn Park
  • 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, 456KB) 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 reservation is required to have a jumper.  Inflatable jumpers are not allowed at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.  Inflatables which use water are not allowed and personal inflatable devices are not allowed.  Generators must be provided by inflatable company if electricity is not available in the park.

See Picnic Rental Packet(PDF, 456KB) for a list of Inflatable Companies that have a current Certificate of Liability on file with ARPD.

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.