Picnics & Small groups

If using any of the outer parks for a simple picnic gathering of 50 people or less, please contact Park Operations at 509.363.5457. Staff will be able to tell you if another group or a special event has been booked for that park. If your picnic, any number attending, includes a jump castle and/or tent or canopy, a Special Events Permit must be submitted.

The use of our parks for small picnics is offered on a first come, first served basis. To secure a spot for your picnic event, we encourage you to arrive early. Most of the outer parks have stationary tables, and some have grills in the picnic area and a small shelter (without tables) available. Only paid reservations for our picnic shelters at Franklin, Manito, Mission and Shadle parks will guarantee the use of the shelter, along with picnic tables and benches. Please call 509.363.5455 for more information.

Corbin Art Center

For more information on our rental program and fees, please contact the Corbin Art Center at 509.625.6677


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Annual Park Restroom Season

Due to weather limitations, the annual park restroom season runs from the first weekend in May through the third weekend in September. The Park Board approved and funded this extended season in 2017. This restroom season includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, Finch Arboretum, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Please Note: Early spring and later in the fall, portable toilets will be placed at youth sports sites and the more popular locations such as Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park.