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Saint Paul is home to one of the finest park systems in the country and features the most well-kept and beautiful hiking trails, sports facilities, woods, and picnic areas in the world. From "The Jewel of Saint Paul," Como Regional Park, to the 2,000 year old burial sites at Indian Mounds Regional Park, Saint Paul has something for everyone. No doubt, the historic city is well on its way to becoming the most livable city in America.

 As our 2015 Picnic Season has come to an end we would like to thank everyone and we look forward to our 2016 picnic season.

You can self-permit shelters online by clicking here. Note that pavilion, building and downtown parks must be reserved by calling the permit office.

Reservations need to be made a minimum of
seven business days in advance.

Permits are issued and allowed for summer Holidays.

Reservations for shelters can be made online.
Contact the Permit Office for reservations for all other locations including pavilions and downtown parks.

For any questions, contact the Permit Office by phone at 651-632-5111 or via email at .

Fossil hunting permits will not be issued until at least fall 2015, and will only be issued for "fossil site #1" - updated fossil permits with additional details and maps are in the process of being developed and will be posted when available. Please check this page for updates, or call the Park Permit Office.
[last updated 10.05.15]

Due to safety concerns, Ice Climbing is no longer permitted by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department.

Construction Updates:
*The Historic Streetcar footbridge construction has been completed. We ARE NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS for the Como Streetcar Station.

*Lilydale road reopened December 1, 2014, also the trails have been completed and have reopened as of Spring 2015. For full updates please visit this page.

        Please visit PICNIC RENTAL RATES (at-a-glance) for Facility Pricing

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Picnic Reservation Hours:

AM Session: 7:30am to 2:00pm
PM Session: 3:30pm to 9:30pm
All Day: 7:30am to 9:30pm

Organizations claiming tax exempt status* must submit a completed ST3 form prior to making a reservation.

All Insurance Certificates must be submitted to Saint Paul Parks and Recreation no later than 15 business days prior to the event. Failure to do so will result in event being canceled. Insurance is required for all inflatables and no dunk tanks are allowed in parks.

*This tax exempt number must be issued by the State of MN and not by the IRS Department of Treasury.

For additional information on downtown, small, and miscellaneous parks, please contact the permit office at 651-632-5111.

 Note: Reserved parking spaces are not permitted in our parks; all parking is general and on a first come, first served basis.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds will be issued if request is made less than 30-days prior to the event date.  Permits under $150.00 will not receive a refund. Permits over $150.00 will receive 50% of the permit fee paid.

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