Picnic Area Online Rentals


  • Starting July 1, 2023 - Picnic reservations will be available year-round with prioritization as shown below: 
  • City of San Mateo Residents and non-profit organizations may book a picnic site online up to 9 months before the day of their event.
    • The City of San Mateo defines residents as those who live within the boundaries of the City of San Mateo and the jurisdiction of it’s municipal corporation. There are unincorporated parts of San Mateo, which are under the jurisdiction of the County of San Mateo and residents of that area are County residents. 
    • For City Limits visit: City Facilities Map
  • Non-residents and businesses can book up to 3 months before the day of their event.

Fee Structure 

Small Picnic Sites
Medium Picnic Sites
Large Picnic Sites
Reservations are full day between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Resident - $71

Non-resident - $91
Resident - $93

Non-resident - $113
See below:

Beresford Park Areas 1, 2, 3

Beresford Park Bocce Tables

Casanova Park 

Joinville Park Areas 1, 2, 3

King Park 

Lakeshore Park Areas 1, 2, 3

Laurelwood Park 

Laurie Meadows Park Areas 1,2

Los Prados Park 

Paddock Park 

Parkside Aquatic Park 

Central Park Areas 2, 3, 4

Harborview Park 

Indian Springs Park

Ryder Park Starfish and Sand Dollar Areas

Shoreview Park 

Beresford Shelter 
Resident - $233

Non-resident - $253

Central Park Area 1 
Resident - $195

Non-resident - $215

Non-profit organizations must present IRS documentation such as 501(c)(3). 

  • Jumper permits - $26.50 per reservation (jumper permits are not available at all locations and must be requested at least 5 business days prior to event date) 
  • Alcohol permits - $53.00 per reservation (alcohol permits are not available at all locations and must be requested at least 5 business days prior to event date) 
  • Clean up fee - $270.00
    • The approved applicant and/or organization will be responsible for any damage or loss sustained on the grounds, building, furnishings, and equipment (or unusual clean up required) as a result of the applicant's and/or organization's occupancy of the facility). Failure to pay this clean up fee will result in revocation of reservation privileges.

Fees are subject to change per the current adopted Comprehensive Fee Schedule.

All reservations must follow the current City, County, and State COVID-19 recommendations. 

Reservations are subject to further review by staff. 

Our picnic areas are very popular, so we recommend booking your reservation online as early as possible.

Start Picnic Reservation
Laurie Meadows Park - Picnic Area 2

Other Rental Options

If you are unable to complete your reservation online, you may submit a picnic application (Fillable PDF) by email.

Please note that reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from the Parks and Recreation Department.

If you have additional questions, please contact the reservation office at (650) 522-7434 or email picnicreservations@cityofsanmateo.org.