Picnic Shelters

Paid reservations are available for the picnic shelters at Franklin, Manito North, Manito South, Mission North, Mission South, and Shadle Parks. Paid reservations will guarantee the use of the shelter, along with portable picnic tables and benches. Paid reservations will be accepted a year in advance.

A concerted effort will be made to keep the restrooms cleaned and stocked. Keep in mind: there is NO restroom/water availability prior to Memorial Day or after Labor Day, except for Manito Park, which has restroom availability year round. All movable tables and benches are removed from all parks from mid-October through mid-April.

Manito North and Franklin shelters have a maximum of 300 people per reservation; both Mission Park shelters have a maximum of 200 people per reservation; Manito South and Shadle shelters have a maximum of 50 people per reservation.

Availability and Confirmation:

A maximum of two (2) consecutive reservations will be accepted per day at each shelter. All reservations may be made for up to four (4) hours. Reserving a shelter 4-8 hours constitutes two paid reservations. A reservation will not be confirmed unless payment is made and received within ten (10) working days of the original contact.

Fee Schedule:

Number of People Reservation Fee
50 or less $50
51-100 $100
101-200 $150
201-300 $200

Reservation Fee includes use of tables and benches with a maximum of four (4) hours per reservation. Groups over 200 people also require a Special Event Permit.

Additional Fees:

  • In all park activities, including shelters, an additional $25 will be charged if bringing any unusual structures, jump castle, amplified sound, canopy or tent (must be free standing – NO stakes allowed).
  • An additional $50 will be charged if the activity is catered.

We accept most credit cards. Review the Picnic Reservation Policy (PDF 215 KB) for complete details on shelters, payment options and more information.


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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.