Picnic Reservations Rules

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Please remember to not unload, block and/or park in NO PARKING zones when occupying a park for picnic or event. 

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1.    Picnic Areas are available for reservation year round from January 1st through December 31st.

Picnic areas may be reserved by Redwood City Residents starting January 1st up to twelve (12) months in advance.  Non-Residents may reserve picnic areas up to six (6) months in advance.  Proof of residency may be required in the form of a utility bill, driver’s license, property tax bill, etc.  “First come, first serve” areas are non-reservable picnic areas available to the public.

3. Reservations must be received a minimum of one week prior to reservation date.
4. Reservations for picnic areas are good all day when the park is open (dawn to dusk).

Reservations made online at www.redwoodcity.org/picnics; or visiting the Sandpiper Community Center (797 Redwood Shores Parkway) Monday through Thursday from 12:30pm to 7:30pm or the Red Morton Community Center (1120 Roosevelt Avenue) Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 7:30pm; or faxing in the completed application to 650.595.4772.

6. All fees connected with the use of a picnic area are to be submitted with the permit application.

Picnic Reservation does not include grass or sports field usage. Sports field permits are separate.


1. You may use masking tape on picnic tables. However, you may not use staples, tacks, nails or screws. Before leaving, you are required to remove all decorations and throw all trash away in the garbage cans provided on site.
2. No smoking within 20 feet of main entrances, exits, and operable windows of any park facility, restroom or within 25 feet of a Playground, Tot Lot or Recreational Area. (City Ordinance 25.2.02 L)
3. Temporary Exclusive Use Permit is required for the following activities in any Park or Park Building or Recreational Area: (City Ordinance 25.2.03)
  • Any activity involving 25 or more people
  • Use of any structure over 12' in any dimension including but not limited to shade structures
  • Use of jumper structures (Bounce House) only at approved sites in designated parks
  • Use of a personal portable gas BBQ - Only allowed at sites permitted for BBQ’s.
  • NO ALCOHOL IN ANY REDWOOD CITY PARK City Ordinance 25.2.03 E
4. Rain Out Policy: Reservation fees will be refunded if your event is cancelled due to inclement weather. You may choose to either receive a full refund or receive a credit for a future open picnic date of your choice. Please call 780-7327 for refund.

Refund- To cancel a reservation, please call 650.780.7327 for a refund. Fifty percent (50%) of your fees refunded for cancellations made more than 2 weeks and less than 30 days prior to the date of your event. Less than two weeks to the date of your event, fees are non-refundable.


1. Bounce Houses are only allowed in designated areas in Marlin, Mezes, and Red Morton Park.
2. Permit required for use of a Bounce House. Max size of 12'x12'.
3. Only 1 inflatable allowed per Bounce House Area.
4. Only Bounce House/Jumper style inflatables are allowed. No Obstacle Course or other inflatables are allowed.
5. NO Generators. Electricity is provided. Please do not add cords or splitters to the outlet, overloads and loss of power can occur.
6. Bounce Houses must be located no more than 10 feet from the electrical outlets. Use of longer extension cords will “trip” the breaker and cause power failure.
7. Plug in only the ONE Jump House to the electrical outlet. Using more than this will cause power failure.
8. The renteror the rental company must install the jumper without driving a motorized vehicle onto the turf . They will need to use either a cart, hand-truck or similar method of transportation.
9. Bounce House must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact us at the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm, or by phone at 650.780.7250.