Reserve a Park or Group BBQ Area

Reserve a BBQ/Picnic Area

Many of Monterey's beautiful parks offer group BBQ/picnic areas available for your private use. Reservations are made by purchasing a BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit.
It's easy – just follow the steps below:
  1. Review the list of parks below that offer BBQ/Picnic areas. Call the Monterey Recreation at 831.646.3866 to check availability for the date of your gathering.
  2. If you are interested in reserving a group site for day use at Veteran’s Memorial Park, please email the Veteran's Memorial Park BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Application to the Park Attendant at makowski@monterey.org.
  3. If the park you are interested in lists the Monterey Recreation office as the location to purchase a permit, you have several options. You may download a BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Application, fill it in completely and legibly and email it to montereyrecreation@monterey.org (preferred) or mail it to the Monterey Recreation office at 546 Dutra Street, Monterey, CA. Once we receive your application and confirm that the area is available we will process your permit and email/mail it to you.

Permit Fees
Jump House Permits
  1. View the BBQ/Picnic are listing above for a list of parks that allow jump houses/inflatables and follow the steps listed above.
  2. Please call Monterey Recreation at 831.646.3866 for a current list of jump house vendors who have satisfied the City insurance requirements and are eligible to do business in City parks. Privately owned Jump Houses/Inflatables may not be used on City property.
  3. Both a Jump House Permit and BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit are required to use a jump house/inflatable device in City parks. Jump House Permits are not available without the purchase of a BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit which reserves the group BBQ/Picnic area.
  4. No climbing walls or water toys, e.g. waterslides or Slip 'N Slides, are allowed in the parks.

Volleyball Court Rentals

Volleyball Courts at Monterey Bay Park, Laguna Grande Park and Montecito Park are available for rental. Volleyball Court Rentals are processed at the Monterey Recreation office. You may download a BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Application, fill it in completely and legibly and email it to montereyrecreation@monterey.org (preferred) or mail it to the Monterey Recreation office at 546 Dutra Street, Monterey, CA. Once we receive your application and confirm that the area is available we will process your permit and email/mail it to you.

Reservation Policies

  • All reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permits and Jump House Permits for Veteran's Memorial Park are made on site or by emailing the Park Attendant at makowski@monterey.org.
  • Reservations can not be made by telephone.
  • Reservations are for the group BBQ/picnic area only - the park remains open the the public.
  • One permit per day is issued for each group BBQ/picnic area. Permit allows access between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Alcohol is permitted in the BBQ/picnic area only. No glass bottles are allowed.
  • A refundable key deposit is required for Whispering Pines park. Keys must be picked up and returned to the Monterey Recreation office.

Parks with BBQ/Picnic Area Reservations

Park Amenities Allows Bounce House
Archer Park
For reservations call
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
5 Picnic tables, 1 large BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 50

Park Amenities:
Multi-Use Area
Play Equipment
Turf Area
Half Basketball Court
Restrooms
Bounce-House
Casanova Oak Knoll Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
BBQ/Picnic Area:
11 Picnic tables, 2 large BBQ pits
Maximum Capacity: 50

Non-Reservable (First Come-First Served) Picnic Areas: 4 Picnic tables, 3 small BBQ pits

Park Amenities:
Multi-Use Area
Play Equipment
Turf Area
Half Basketball Court
Restrooms
 
Deer Flats Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
2 Picnic tables, NO BBQ PIT

Maximum Capacity: 50

Park Amenities:
- Play Equipment
- Turf Area
- Half Basketball Court
- NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS
 
El Estero Park see the El Estero Park Complex page  
Fisherman's Flats Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
2 Picnic tables, 1 medium BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 50

Park Amenities:
- Play Equipment
- Turf Area
- NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS
 
Hilltop Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
6 picnic tables, 1 medium & 1 small BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 36

Park Amenities:
- Multi-Use Area
- Play Equipment
- Turf Area
- Basketball Court
- Tennis Court
- Restrooms
 
Laguna Grande Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
5 picnic tables, 1 medium & 1 small BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 50

Non-Reservable Picnic Areas:
(First Come-First Served)
3 picnic tables, 1 small BBQ pit

Park Amenities:
Play Equipment
Artificial Turf Volleyball Court* Requires separate permit
Laguna Grande Artificial Turf Soccer Field* Requires separate permit. 
Bike and Walking Paths
Restrooms

For field permits, call Field Sports at 831.646.3969.
 
Montecito Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Group BBQ Area:
3 picnic tables, 2 small BBQ pits

Maximum Capacity: 50

Non-Reservable (First Come-First Serve) Picnic Area: 1 picnic table, 1 small BBQ pit

Park Amenities:
Play Equipment
Artificial Turf Volleyball Court *Requires separate permit
Turf Area*
Full Basketball Court
Restrooms

*Adult soccer by permit, call Field Sports 831-646-3969
 
Monterey Bay Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Group Beach Use Permits

Maximum Capacity:
 50

Park Amenities:
Turf Area
4 Sand Volleyball Courts* Requires separate permit.
Restrooms in the area
 
Oak Newton Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
5 picnic tables, 1 large BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 
50

Non-Reservable Picnic Areas:
(First Come-First Served)
5 picnic tables, 4 small BBQ pits

Park Amenities:
Play Equipment
Turf Area
Half Basketball Court
 
Peter J. Ferrante Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
5 picnic tables, 1 large & 3 small BBQ pits

Maximum Capacity: 
50

Park Amenities:
Tot Play Equipment
Softball diamond with bleachers*
Restrooms

*For ballfield reservations, call Field Sports 831.646.3969.
 
Veteran's Memorial Park
Reservations,
831.646.3865
3 Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Areas -

Area #1: 
3 large Picnic Tables, 1 large BBQ Pit
Maximum Capacity:
30

Area #2: 
17 Picnic Tables, 1 large BBQ Pit,
2 med BBQ Pits
Maximum Capacity:
50

Area #3: 
3 large Picnic Tables, 1 med BBQ Pit
Maximum Capacity: 30

Veteran's Memorial Park BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Applications can be emailed to makowski@monterey.org.
 
Via Paraiso Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
10 picnic tables, 1 large & 1medium BBQ pit

Maximum Capacity: 
50

Non-Reservable Picnic Areas:
(First Come-First Served)
5 picnic tables, 5 small BBQ pits

Park Amenities:
Play Equipment
Turf Area
Half Basketball Court
Peter J. Aldrete Ballfield*
Tennis Courts (2)
Restrooms

*For ballfield reservations, call Field Sports 831.646.3969
 
Whispering Pines Park
Reservations,
831.646.3866
Reservable Group BBQ/Picnic Area:
14 picnic tables, 1 large BBQ pits

Maximum Capacity: 
50

Park Amenities:
Covered Picnic Area
Ampitheatre
Restrooms