Family Picnic at Roberts


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Yellow Jackets: Some Parks are noting an increase in yellow jacket activity this year. Park Staff have increased the number of traps in many areas, but visitors should plan accordingly. Persons highly sensitive to yellow jacket venom should always carry a sting treatment kit during outdoor activities.
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Picnic Reservations

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.

  • 2023 picnic reservations are open. 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 through Friday, 9am-4pm. Check Availability.
  • Picnic sites inside swim areas at Cull Canyon, Don Castro, and Quarry Lakes are not available for reservation.
  • Bounce Houses are not permitted at any site at this time.  
  • Roberts pool is under construction from Feb 2022 to Summer 2023. Expect significant construction equipment and noise Mon-Fri.

The Reservations Department often experiences very high call volumes with extended wait times. If the call center has reached the maximum number of calls or you encounter a busy signal, please try your call again at a later time. We work through calls as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience and look forward to helping you.

In-District (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) organizations, schools, and agency groups hosting events solely for people with disabilities, seniors, and/or low-income groups that cannot afford the fees may qualify for a fee reduction or waiver. Fee Waiver/Reduction Procedures (PDF)

Picnic FAQs

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Contact Reservations

Reservations & drop-in info for upcoming activities, classes, programs & events and
indoor facilities & picnic sites availability info can be accessed online, 24 hours a day.

For questions and Indoor Facilities/Picnic Reservations,
please call our Reservations Department
Phone: 1-888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 2
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Closed weekends and holidays.

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