Fern Cottage


The Fern Cottage (Building) is located in Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area , on San Pablo Dam Road

6531 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803

Brazilian Room
Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley 

Shoreline Center 
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland 

Temescal Beach House 
Temescal Regional Recreation Area, Oakland 

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Documents & Forms 
A list of documents, forms, Rules and Use Agreement for download 

Frequently Asked Questions 

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ADA accessibility iconAbout the Facility



  • Cottage Size: 1000 sq. feet
  • Seating Capacity: 60
  • Standing Capacity: 130
  • Backyard with Covered Deck: 50' x 40'
  • Front Deck: 16' x 20'
  • Wolf Range: 6 burner, single oven
  • Tables: (13) 6', (2) 8', (10) 5' round
  • Chairs: 20 (outdoor use) white plastic, 90 (indoor/deck use) almond stacking chairs with chrome legs
  • Ice tub for outdoor use
  • Refrigerator with freezer
  • 100 pound ice bucket


Audio Visual System
Wireless (Wi-Fi)

General Facility Information

For general information about the Fern Cottage call the Facility Office at 510-544-3164. Information can be mailed to Facility Office at the Brazilian Room, Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA 94708. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Open House

The Fern Cottage is open for viewings on the first Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 6 pm March through October, and 10 am to 4 pm from November through February. Viewings are also available by appointment. Please contact Facility Operations Office at (510) 544-3164.

Rental Fees

Download: Rental Fees DocumentAdobe Acrobat PDF


You may hire a caterer from the Approved list or choose the non-catered option. If you choose the non-catered option you may not use an outside caterer or have any hired staff. Your unpaid volunteers will be required to attend an orientation. You will pay an additional fee for the ability to use the non-catered option.  

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Fern Cottage will require a contract fee of $100 to reserve a specific date. If this date is cancelled more than 180 days in advance, $50 shall be refundable and the remaining $50 forfeited. No tentative holds without an initial payment will be processed. Contracts for events under 180 days require payment in full. Facility Reservations may be contacted at (888) 327-2757 Option 2 for Reservations, then Option 2 for facilities.

Facility Reservations and Availability Information

All initial inquires, holds, bookings and payments are handled through the East Bay Regional Park District, Attention: Facility Reservations at PO Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381. Call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), option 2.

To search for available dates, you can use the online Facility Search. Under “Facility Type”, click the “Indoor Facility” check box to filter the results. 

To Confirm a Reservation

There are two steps to confirm your reservation.

  • Step 1 (Reservations): To finalize this date, you are required to sign the Rules and Use Agreement within one week of your initial payment and return it to our office. Rules and Use Agreement may be downloaded here. The Reservations Department may be contacted at the number below:

Facility Reservations Phone
(888) 327-2757, option 2, then option 2 facilities
Facility Reservations Fax
(510) 635-5502
Facility Reservations Address: 
EBRPD, Attn. Facility Reservations, 
P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381

  • Step 2 (Coordination with Facility staff): After you return our contract and forms, the Facility staff will contact you regarding any additional forms and informational sheets that you may need. If you are doing a Non-Catered event, you will need to schedule a meeting with the Facility staff located at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park within 14 days of booking your reservation. During the on-site visit, the Facility staff will provide you with helpful planning information and additional forms to be completed. Some of these forms may be downloaded at www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br/docs. Maps and driving directions are also found here.

Please note: If your event is fewer than 120 days before the event date, this meeting with facility staff needs to take place within 3 days of your payment. If your event is less than 30 days away, then this meeting needs to be completed within 24 hours. Call (510) 544-3164 to set up an appointment.

Driving Directions

The Fern Cottage (Building) is located in Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, on 6531 San Pablo Dam Road

  • From Highway 80:
    • Take San Pablo Dam Road exit
    • Turn south on San Pablo Dam Road
    • Proceed about one-quarter mile south of Castro Ranch Road, through El Sobrante to the Kennedy Grove entrance (on the left)
  • From Highway 24:
    • Take the Orinda exit
    • Turn north on Camino Pablo, which becomes San Pablo Dam Road
    • Drive past the San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area entrance
    • Drive about one mile to the Kennedy Grove park entrance (on the right).

Fern Cottage Map


There is a charge of $5.00 per car on weekends and holidays, April through October (fees subject to change). 
Call the Kennedy Grove Supervisor if you want to make special arrangements to pay for your guests’ parking fee (see information in your rental packet). The Park Supervisor's number is (510) 544-3117.