Feast in the open air! You can find quiet places to picnic at the Lake Overlook, Oak Picnic Grove or Flats Picnic Grove. Or host a large picnic at the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion, which is located in popular Creekside Center. With the exception of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion, picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. No matter what type of picnic you’re planning, we’ve got the spot for you.
William F. Miles Trailhead Picnic Area: located near the trailhead building where restrooms are available, this small picnic area is perfect for a quick picnic before heading out for a walk on the Loop or fishing in the lakes.
Lake Overlook: Want a picnic with a view? The Lake Overlook pavilion is located between Green Heron and Snapping Turtle Lakes, and provides a grand view of Angler Lake from the covered picnic tables.
Picnic Tables at the Marshall Playground and Sprayground: If you’re grabbing a quick snack during a day of climbing and splashing in the playground and sprayground area, there are many tables available under the cover of the shade structures. But you’ll want to come early because the tables go fast in this non-reservable area.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion: Enjoy the outdoors under the security of this multipurpose picnic pavilion, located near the Playground and Sprayground and available for full and half day rental. he pavilion houses 20 picnic tables and can accommodate 100-150 people. A perfect spot for family reunions and picnics!
Humana Legacy Commons: Sit and enjoy the fountain in this circular picnic area dedicated to our Capital Campaign donors. Read the donor names on the fountain, or read a book in this comfortable spot before heading out for a walk down the Humana Grand Allee!
Oak Picnic Grove: Near the old agricultural barns adjacent to the Humana Grand Allee, a shady oak grove provides solace from the sun and picnic tables offer a quiet place to enjoy a meal.
Festival Promenade Picnic Area: Sit and have a snack on one of the benches lining the Promenade, or at the southern end of the Humana Grand Allee you’ll find a raised picnic area welcoming those in need of a rest after a walk, or a place to gather with friends and family.
Flats Picnic Grove: A small parking lot in the Distillery Bend area provides access to picnic tables and a path down to Floyds Fork. One look at the smooth limestone bedrock and you’ll know why this area is called Floyds Flats.
Distillery Bend Trailhead Picnic Area: A few picnic tables are available at the Distillery Bend Trailhead, just inside the Echo Trail/S. English Station Rd. entrance to Beckley Creek Park.
Large Group Use
Large groups (any group or activity over 50 participants) wishing to use The Parklands for activities in unreserved areas must submit a group use permit application. This permit allows The Parklands to prepare for, and balance, the needs of large groups with those of drop-in individual, small group, and family visitors. This also will allow The Parklands to ensure that the carrying capacity of particular park amenities is not overwhelmed due to popularity. This permit does not apply for reservable amenities such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Pavilion, Gheens Foundation Lodge, or other amenity in the current reservation system. Larger groups, or requests for busy days may require the activity to be slotted into the existing special events policy and process.
Click here to fill out our event hosting form.Permit applications will be reviewed individually and approved/denied based on the criteria on the individual application. Permit applications should be submitted no less than one week prior to the desired event date. Permits may not guarantee space availability. Groups failing to secure a permit may be asked to leave the park. Parklands staff stand ready to help groups through this new process, and believe it will make for a better park experience for event hosts, participants, and others enjoying our parks.