Starting July 1, 2023 - Picnic reservations will be available year-round with prioritization as shown below:
City of San Mateo Residents and non-profit organizationsmay 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.
Non-residents and businesses can book up to3 months before the day of their event.
Small Picnic Sites
Medium Picnic Sites
Large Picnic Sites
Reservations are full day between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Beresford Park Areas 1, 2, 3
Beresford Park Bocce Tables
Joinville Park Areas 1, 2, 3
Lakeshore Park Areas 1, 2, 3
Laurie Meadows Park Areas 1,2
Los Prados Park
Parkside Aquatic Park
Central Park Areas 2, 3, 4
Indian Springs Park
Ryder Park Starfish and Sand Dollar Areas
Beresford Shelter Resident $220 Non-resident $240
Central Park Area 1 Resident $186
Non-profit organizations must present IRS documentation such as 501(c)(3).
Jumper permits - $25 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 - $50 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
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.
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.