Picnic Shelter Reservations
City parks are a favorite place for birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, family reunions, 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. Reservations are taken until Thursday at 4 p.m. for the upcoming reservation week (Saturday-Friday). To request a picnic shelter reservation, please submit a reservation request. A Customer Service Representative will contact you to confirm and complete your transaction. Submission of a reservation request does not guarantee your shelter.
Below is a list of the most popular parks within the City of Tampa.
- Al Lopez Park
- Ballast Point Park
- Copeland Park
- Cypress Point Park
- Fred Ball Park Gazebo
- Lowry Park
- Macfarlane Park
- Picnic Island Beach
- Rowlett Park
- Sulphur Springs Park
You may also visit our office:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tampa Parks and Recreation Department
3402 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or call the Shelter Reservation Office at (813) 274-8184.
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation also has picnic shelter rentals. View Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Picnic Shelters.
Rental Rules & Regulations
Please be aware that there are rules and regulations you must adhere to before renting a shelter or gazebo. Download the Picnic Shelter and Open Space Rules & Regulations.
Full rental payment must be made when the original rental request is taken. Cash, check or money order made out to the City of Tampa, or VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express are accepted for payment. Payments may be made in person or by phone with credit or debit card only. A valid photo ID is required for all transactions. Please see our Picnic Shelter and Open Space Rules & Regulations regarding refunds and cancellations.
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:
- The first business day after your rental, call and notify the Shelter Reservation Office at (813) 274-8184. The Shelter Reservation Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Refunds will be reimbursed to the credit card. If payment was made by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the address of the person/organization paying the rental/damage deposit fee. Issuance of refund checks takes approximately 4-6 weeks. A $15 processing fee will be assessed for all refunds/cancellations.
- Refunds will only be given to the person/company whose name appears on the check or if paying cash, the person who signed the Facility Use Permit.
- Once a shelter is occupied, there are no refunds due to rain or bad weather.
- All rescheduled events are subject to availability.
If you need to modify an existing reservation (change the time, date, etc.), it must be done by Thursday at 4 p.m for the upcoming reservation week (Saturday-Friday) prior to the scheduled use. All modifications are subject to availability.
- Modifying the date and/or location may be done by phone or in person. You must bring in your Facility Use form to the Shelter Reservation Office, located at 3402 W. Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or call (813) 274-8184. The Shelter Reservation Office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Refunds/Cancellations: A $15 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations/refunds.
Helpful Planning Information
- Illegal substances, alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited.
- Nothing, including decorations, may be affixed to the shelter or tables.
- Vehicles may not drive on the turf/grass or in unauthorized areas.
- Fires must be confined to grills.
- Petting zoos, ponies, amusement rides, water games/slide, horseshoes and paintball games are prohibited.
- Dry moon bounces are allowed, however, the company must have a current certificate insurance on file, naming the City as an additional insured. Moon bounces are limited to one (1) per shelter rental and may not exceed the following dimensions (20' length, 20' width, 17' height). You must have a shelter reservation and pay a green space fee of $26.75 to have a moon bounce. Both need to be done by Thursday 4 p.m. for the upcoming reservation week (Saturday- Friday). *Moon bounces are not allowed at Ballast Point, Cypress Point, Riverfront and Water Works Parks.
Insurance Forms and Instructions for Moon Bounce and Gaming Companies
- Dogs must be kept on leash at all times, except in designated dog parks. Pet owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.
- Groups of 301 or more anticipated attendees will be considered a Special Event. Inquire for available space for a Special Event.