Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Having a Picnic at Dolores Park is... well, a Picnic in the Park

Dolores Park remains one of our most popular and vibrant city parks, drawing thousands of visitors each and every weekend who are looking to enjoy the outdoors, exercise or have a picnic with loved ones.

Despite some recent confusion over the Recreation and Park Department's picnic permitting process, having a picnic in the park is still as easy and affordable as ever.

If your party has less than 25 people and you're not looking to reserve a specific picnic area or table in the park, obtaining a permit isn't necessary. You and your group can lay out a blanket and enjoy the day.

If you do want to reserve a spot for your event, or, if you have more than 25 people, we ask that you fill out an easy online application to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible.

For all permitted picnics, you would pay a standard fee based on the number of people in your party. For groups under 50 people, the fee is a very reasonable $27.

In addition, for all permitted picnics, we ask that a security deposit of $100 be placed with us to help ensure that the park remains clean, safe and fun for everyone. This is a fully refundable deposit that is returned to you, provided your event is successful and incident-free. Your check is not deposited during this process.

Our staff at Rec and Park is committed to providing the public with great customer service and making it easy for you to use our city parks. If you're interested in having a picnic at one of our 220 parks around the city, give us a call at (415) 831-5500.

(Above photo courtesy of Marcella Guzman via Wikipedia.)