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The Ranch at Little Hills Provide event planning and catering services for families and corporate groups
The Park District has over 3,806 picnic tables throughout its 73 parks.
There are also 139 reservable group sites for groups of 35 to 500 people.
Picnic site reservations cannot be made online. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2. For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711. Telephone hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm. The Reservations Office is open for walk-in reservations or questions Monday-Friday, 8:30-5pm.
Picnic tables that are not reserved are available on a first come, first served basis. Picnic tables that are not reserved, require that at least one person be present at each table. We recommend groups of 30 or less people arrive on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You can check the availability of reservable picnic sites on online, but you cannot make picnic site reservations online. We do not make reservations for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day; picnic sites become first-come, first-served on those days.
Fees are based on the capacity of the picnic site. The size of your group may not exceed the maximum capacity for the picnic site. However, no fee reductions are made if your group size is less than the capacity, for example, if you have 150 people in a 300-person site, the fee is still $470 for residents or $650 for non-residents. Site capacities for each reservable site can be found online by searching for picnic sites under the "facilities" tab. Photos and site descriptions are also available of most reservable areas. Download: Fee Waiver Procedure Guide [PDF]
(MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE)
CITIES IN ALAMEDA COUNTY
CITIES IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Pavillion Sheltered Areas
(Quarry Lakes Only)
Beach Access/Swim Area
(Don Castro Only, includes 35 Beach
Access wristbands with no cash value)
Beach Access/Swim Area
(Cull Canyon & Don Castro Only, includes
50 Beach Access wristbands with no cash value)
A Reservation Fee of $8 will be added to each reservation. Fees are subject to change without notice.
Picnic reservations are for the full day; we do not book multiple reservations per day. If you have a picnic reservation, you are required to be at the site at a specific time.
On Holiday weekends we suggest you arrive at your reserved site 30 minutes prior to the check in time.
Throughout our parks we have many picnic areas and tables that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. First-come, first-served picnic sites usually have one or two tables with a BBQ and generally do not have a site name. At least one person per table must be present in order to hold it. Our reservable picnic sites have a wooden post with site names posted on them (example: Big Rock, Parkside, Mallard). Most of the reservable sites are clusters of tables and BBQs. Reservable sites will have a flyer showing who has reserved the site for the day. If this site has not been reserved, it may be used on a first-come, first-served basis.
FIRST WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER: The Reservation Written Request form will be available here to download. You must fill it out and send to the Reservations Office before the last Wednesday in October. Requests will be considered in the following order: Park District events, reservations part of a special event permit, then the written Reservation Request Forms from in-county residents.
LAST WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER: Deadline to submit the Reservation Written Request Form
FIRST MONDAY IN NOVEMBER: PHONES OPEN - Residents and organizations based in Alameda and Contra Costa counties may begin calling to make reservations for the following calendar year.
FIRST WEDNESDAY IN DECEMBER: The Reservation Written Request form will be available here to download. You must fill it out and send to the Reservations Office before the last Wednesday in December. Requests will be considered in the following order: Park District events, reservations part of a special event permit, written Reservation Request Forms from in-county residents, then out of county resident request forms.
LAST WEDNESDAY IN DECEMBER: Deadline to submit the Reservation Written Request Form
SECOND MONDAY IN JANUARY: PHONES OPEN - Residents and organizations not based in Alameda and Contra Costa counties may begin calling to make reservations for the calendar year.
A security deposit is charged on all picnic sites with capacity of 35 or greater. All or some of your security and damage deposit may be retained for violation of any of the terms of the contract. This deposit is fully refundable if the area is left in good condition and regular servicing will make it ready for the next group to use. For example, all party decorations including piñata and balloons must be thoroughly cleaned-up. Park staff will document any issue requiring that any or all of the deposit be retained. Please note that if excessive staff intervention is required, you will be billed. If your security deposit is retained for any reason, you will be notified by email or US Mail. Otherwise, security deposits paid by credit card will be refunded within 14 working days after your picnic; checks take 4-6 weeks.
Full payment is due at the time of booking. We accept VISA or MASTERCARD. Charges are processed immediately and will appear on your statement as “ACT EAST BAY REG. PARKS- Oakland.” Cash is only accepted in person at the Reservations Office. NOTE: The cancellation and change policy will immediately be in effect (read about the cancel/change policy in the next section) once you make payment.
Please view your site before confirming to make sure it suits your needs. Each picnic area is unique. IF YOU DO NOT VIEW THE SITE IN ADVANCE, A REFUND WILL NOT BE ISSUED. Cancellations/changes received more than 30 days in advance will receive 90% refund of the site use fee. Cancellations/changes made 30 to 15 days in advance will receive 75% refund of the site use fee. Cancellations/changes made 14 to 7 days in advance will receive 50% refund of the site use fee. Cancellations/changes made less than 7 days in advance will receive NO REFUND. The $8 service charge is not refundable. Please keep in mind that picnic areas are outdoors and certain factors are beyond our control. No refunds will be issued for bees, bird droppings, wind or other uncontrollable factors.
In the case of heavy rain at the park and your picnic is rained out, call the Reservations Department within 3 working days after your reservation and request a refund. The reservations agent will take your name and phone number, verify the weather with the park staff, and call you back. If it rains, but you continue to use your site, no refund will be given.
Know before you go: Stricter fire restrictions, including prohibition of wood/charcoal fires and up to park closures, may be in force during your visit. Go to the Fire Warning Information page, for current conditions. You can also call 888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), option 2.
Fires, including BBQs, are only allowed in existing BBQ pits at the picnic site, or, a personal BBQ or gas stove may be used if placed at least 30 feet from any flammable materials including grass, weeds, wood chips, brush or buildings, and does not scorch, burn or otherwise damage lawns, tables or other park property.
Personal BBQ's may only be placed on the ground and may not be placed on picnic tables.
All charcoal must be extinguished, then disposed of in marked hot coal receptacles, fire rings or BBQ pits at the picnic site; it is unlawful to dispose of coals anywhere else. At least one adult must be responsible for any fire, and must extinguish it before leaving the site. Always use caution near fire rings and BBQs; ashes may hide hot coals.
Collecting firewood in the park is not allowed. Fireworks are never allowed.
Beer and Wine are allowed in some of the parks; no other form of alcohol is allowed in any Regional Park. Some parks restrict beer and wine to a reserved picnic area, and a $25 permit must be purchased. Swimming is not recommended after drinking. Alcoholic Beverages are not permitted at pools, swim beaches or within 50 feet of paved roads, parking lots or posted areas. For more information please view Ordinance 38, section 410.
Please see park specific rules:
Parks that allow Beer and Wine:
Parks that require a picnic reservation and $25 permit:
Parks that DO NOT allow Beer and Wine:
NOTE : Hard Alcohol is never allowed in any of the East Bay Regional Parks.
A fee of $25 will be charged for a beer & wine permit in parks where alcohol is restricted to reserved picnic areas. For information call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2, then 1.
YES, AS LONG AS:
Please consider using a caterer that uses reusable, recyclable or biodegradable materials. Questions should be directed to the Reservations Department or Park Supervisor.
Food Trucks Allowed at the following picnic sites
YES, however; you must choose a picnic site that is large enough for your group and fits your group's needs. Keep in mind that picnic areas are not designed to have everyone in the group seated at one time. Lawn areas adjacent to reservable picnic sites are open to the public and are first-come, first-served. You may NOT take over a lawn area or reserve a site that is too small for your group and compensate by bringing extra tables.
JUMPERS AND BOUNCE HOUSES ARE ONLY ALLOWED WITH A PERMIT AT DESIGNATED SITES: Jumpers, bounce houses, or any other type of interactive play equipment REQUIRE A PERMIT from the Park District. You must use a provider from our approved list. Dunk tanks or combative equipment are never allowed. Please call or visit our website for details. Permits will not be issued with less than 7 days notice. Permits requested or paid for l5 days or less before the event will be charged a $25 late fee. More information.
No, petting zoos are not allowed at any picnic site.
Reservations telephone hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm. Please call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2. For persons with hearing impairments, please use the Telecommunications Relay Service at 711. The Reservations Office is open for walk-in reservations or questions Monday-Friday, 8:30-5pm.
Rules and regulations regarding picnicking in the parks: