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Picnics & Shelters

There's nothing quite like a picnic in the park.

Cleveland Metroparks offers more than 40 reservable picnic areas across our 18 reservations, eight golf courses and world-class Zoo. Hold a family reunion, birthday party or get together in any of our picnic areas including enclosed rooms, canopies and open shelters.
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/Palava Hut Pavillion.jpg Palava Hut Pavilion - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/rivergate.jpg Rivergate - Washington Reservation
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/Edgewater.jpg Edgewater Park - Lakefront Reservation
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/Look About Lodge.jpg Look About Lodge - South Chagrin Reservation
/Uploads/Public/Images/Zoo/Group-Sales/Images/The Shelter house.jpg The Shelter House - South Chagrin Reservation

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Cleveland Metroparks offers many picnic areas with shelters and/or canopies, picnic tables and grills, restrooms and various amenities and are located throughout Cleveland Metroparks. The majority of these picnic areas are free and available for all to use on a non-exclusive, shared-use basis.

Picnic area reservation requests will be accepted up to one year prior to the intended date of use. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to reserve a group picnic facility. For more information and reservations, call Special Events & Experiences, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to reserve a facility. Most Reserved Group Picnic Facilities are reserved for the day and available for use from 10 a.m. up to 10 p.m. Ledge Lake shelters are closed at 9 p.m. during the swim season. Lake and Shelterhouse are available at 8 a.m.

Starting in 2014, two new picnic shelters will be reservable –
  • Creekside Reserved Shelter in Big Creek Reservation
  • Cottonwood Reserved Shelter in Rocky River Reservation

Reservations for these will be accepted beginning Monday, January 6, 2014. Requests will be accepted by phone only (216-635-3304) starting at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From that date forward, requests will continue to be accepted up to one year prior to the intended date of use. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to reserve a group facility.

Also a few shelters are changing from weekend only to being reservable seven days a week –

  • Oak Grove (Brecksville Reservation)
  • Red Oak (Garfield Park Reservation)
  • Lake Shelter/east half (Huntington Reservation)
  • Edgewater west/east halves (Lakefront Reservation)
  • Royalview (Mill Stream Run Reservation)
  • Wallace Lake Canopy (Mill Stream Run Reservation)
  • Harper Ridge (South Chagrin Reservation)
  • Keystone (West Creek Reservation)

Additional Event Information

Prices and packages vary depending on the chosen venue. Please call and talk to a representative for more information.

Available Year-Round
Rental facilities are available year-round, as Cleveland Metroparks offers indoor and outdoor venues including open shelters, enclosed shelters, partially enclosed shelters and canopies.

Accessibility & Amenities
Rental venues may include bathroom facilities, electric, water, fireplace, concessions, swings, volleyball poles & net, basketball court, ball field, fishing lakes, fitness course, horseshoe pit, play equipment, play field or swimming pool or area.

Flexible Capacity
Cleveland Metroparks offers venues for groups of all sizes. Call today to determine the best setting to fit your group's needs.

Free Convenient Parking
Cleveland Metroparks offers free on-site parking at all event facilities.

Planning & Consultation
A Cleveland Metroparks staff member will be happy to help you plan all aspects of your event with suggestions for hotels, music, catering and more.