Picnic Shelters

​​​​​Our covered picnic shelters offer convenient locations and affordable rates for gatherings of all sizes.  

Reserve a Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter reservations for private birthday parties, gatherings for friends and family and meetings may be reserved from April 1 through October 31 up to one year in advance:  

By Phone:  Call us at (360) 778-7000 Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Under the Governor’s Healthy Washington plan, Bellingham Parks and Recreation outdoor facilities and park space reservations are available. Permit holders agree to comply with recommendations made by the Governor at the time of their reservation. Events that are not in compliance with current recommendations will be asked by staff to end their event. Events that are ended by staff will not be eligible for refunds.

  • Before your reservation: Check the Governor’s Healthy Washington plan to ensure your event will comply with current guidelines.
  • Come prepared: Bellingham Parks & Recreation facilities will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular schedule. Permit holders are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and cloth face coverings for guests.
  • Practice social distancing: Keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and event attendees outside your immediate household.
  • Help keep our community healthy: If you or members of your event are not feeling well, have a fever, cough or shortness of breath stay home. Permit holders that notify us at least 24 hours before the event that someone is experiencing COVID symptoms can reschedule their event 1 time for another available time or receive a refund (minus a $20 administrative fee).

​We also have covered areas, without amenities and limited parking, available on a first-come, first served basis at:
Cornwall Park – South Shelter, Happy Valley Park, Birchwood Park, Elizabeth Park, Harriet Spanel 


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Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm:  (360) 778-7000
After hours, Weekends & Holidays Service Issues:
(360) 778-7700

Parks and Recreation
(360) 778-7000

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