Do I need to have a permit to use the picnic are at the park?

I am planning to have a BBQ this coming Saturday, July 9th at the Picnic Area, I am taking about 25 youth leaders from organization for a fun and relaxing day. So, I was just wondering if i need any permit or reservations in order to use the area.

Thank you so much for your help!


Yes! You need to reserve a space at the park, and pay applicable fees depending on the number of participants, site selected, and the reason behind your picnic.

Information for corporate events and sites is found here:

Information for family, schools and non-profit organizations and sites is found here:

Permits and reservations are made through the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.

To reserve your space, contact SF Rec & Parks at (415) 831-5510 or (415) 831-5500.

You may also place a walk-in reservation by visiting the Pioneer Log Cabin (2 Stow Lake Drive in Golden Gate Park) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays.