Picnic Shelter Reservations
City parks are a favorite place for special events, family get-togethers and office outings. Picnic shelters and gazebos are available to rent. All rental requests are on a first-come, first-served basis; are subject to approval by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, and require a Facility Use Permit.
It is recommended you make your reservation well in advance. To make a request for a picnic shelter reservation, please submit a reservation request through the Customer Service Center.
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Parks with Shelters that can be Rented
Click on the link to the park to look at the park maps provided, find a shelter that will fit your group size. To make a request for a picnic shelter reservation, please submit a reservation request through the Customer Service Center.
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation also has picnic shelter rentals. View Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Picnic Shelters.
Rental Rules & Regulations
Before renting a shelter or gazebo, please be aware that there are rules and regulations you must adhere to. Download the Picnic Shelter and Open Space Rules & Regulations.
Full rental payment must be made as soon as the original rental request is taken. You can pay for your permit with a check or money order made out to the City of Tampa, or in person with a Visa or MasterCard credit card or cash. A valid photo ID is required for all transactions. Please see our Picnic Shelter and Open Space Rules regarding refunds and cancellations.
We work hard to make your picnic site clean and welcoming. If you find vandalism or excessive litter when you arrive at your site, please call the Park Security Office number listed on your permit. A Clean-up/Damage Deposit is now required on all picnic shelter rentals. The Clean-up/Damage Deposit is used to offset the cost of damage/repair and excessive cleaning needs to park facilities. You and your group are responsible for cleaning up after your activity and you must leave the shelter area in the same condition you found it. The Clean-up/Damage Deposit will be returned after the facility is inspected by City of Tampa Parks and Recreation staff and is found in a satisfactory manner and the event was incident free.
Requests for Refund/Rescheduling Due to Rain-out
If inclement weather prevents the use of the shelter you may reschedule your event or request a refund with proper notification. To reschedule your event or request a refund due to a rain-out:
If you need to modify an existing reservation (change the time, date, etc.), it must be done at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled use. All modifications are subject to availability.
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