Group Picnic & Barbecue Reservations During COVID-19

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Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Phone (831)454-7938
Fax (831)454-7940
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Reservations Packet


Santa Cruz County Parks offers reservable picnic areas within the county any day of the week. Reservations cannot be longer than two hours. Time slots will be reservable from 10 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 3 pm, and 4 pm - 6 pm. Gatherings can have a maximum of 15 people and must consist of people from no more than 3 households. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. Alcohol and music are not permitted.

Reservations can be made up to one year in advance of the desired date. 

Reservable Picnic Area Locations During COVID-19 

Anna Jean Cummings Park has a group picnic area with a large covered pavilion area and barbecue grills. It is close to our state of the art playgrounds. Book early to get a space at this popular spot. The picnic pavilion is available as a reservable group picnic & barbeque facility only (AB).

Brommer Street Park has a covered pavilion picnic area and barbecue grill. The picnic area is located near an abundant grassy area, playground and a basketball/tennis court.  

Highlands Park has two picnic areas. The lower picnic area is available by reservation. (No covered picnic pavilion). 

Jose Avenue Park This park features County Parks' first ever 'skate park' along with a community gardenbasketball court, play structure, art, an open field and restrooms. The picnic pavilion is available by reservation only.

Pinto Lake County Park has a picnic pavilion with grills and electricity. The pavilion is available as a reservable group picnic & barbeque facility.

Scott Park has one picnic pavilion available for reservation.

The following are not permitted: portable bbq's and cookstoves (i.e. propane stoves, comal pozo/discos) and the disposal of cooking oil or debris at the park (including garbage receptacles). No charcoal, ash, or cooking oil disposal on park property; must be safely disposed of away from the park.

Find park addresses, reservations rates, liability waiver, conditions of use and Request Form in the Reservations Packet.

Other important information about reserving a Group Picnic or Barbecue Facility:

  • Mechanical bucking broncos and other motorized activities are not permitted.      
  • Alcohol consumption is not permitted in the County Parks outdoor facilities.
  • Portable barbecues and cookstoves (i.e. propane camp stoves, comal pozo/disco) are NOT permitted. No charcoal, ash, or cooking oil disposal on park property, including garbage receptacles.


Covid-19 Guidelines

  • Face Masks: As is required statewide to prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Wearing a mask of cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of the virus into the air. It is allowable to remove your mask when eating or drinking, as long as you are outdoors and maintain six feet from others. You should replace the mask as soon as you can after eating of drinking to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Parameters of Use: Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer will be available for participants to use. Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-served disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.
  • Covid-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all people in California to follow necessary precautions and to adapt the way they live and function in light of this ongoing risk. Do not attend gatherings if you feel sick or you are in a high-risk group. Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nasuea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell), must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.
Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)