Large Shelters

Large Shelter

Reservations and checking availability of our larger shelters may be completed ONLINE or you may call the Madison Parks Office at (608) 266-4711 Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:15 pm. More information and details on reservering a large shelter may be found in our Shelter Reservations Guide.

Most shelters are open mid-April through mid-October. There are a few exceptions:

Please Note: We are continually improving our park system. Some of these improvements may impact a nearby shelter. Prior to making a reservation, please visit Parks Projects for more information on specific parks.

FEES:
Pricing varies depending on the shelter and may be viewed here

SPECIAL NOTES: 
  • Picnic shelters are also reservable or available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Madison Parks does not guarantee absolute privacy to any group.  Your reservation will reserve only the facility you are using, not the entire park or other facilities within the park. If you are interested in reserving the entire park, please visit Special Events.
  • Alcohol is permitted in most Madison Parks. There are a handful of parks that are alcohol-free. In order to have alcohol in these parks, you must have a reservation and an alcohol permit, which can be obtained when placing your reservation.
  • Public improvements and/or construction may be underway during the time of your reservation.  The City of Madison Parks Division makes every attempt to schedule around events and shelter reservations whenever possible, however this is not a guarantee.  Please keep in mind improvements to parks and infrastructure continues throughout the year.  Please visit Park Projects for a partial list of major capital improvement projects.
  • Firearms or weapons are not permitted at any of the shelters. Violators may be considered trespassers and may be subject to forfeiture or arrest.
  • The availability of Gates of Heaven may be checked online however, you will need to call to make your reservation. 
  • 2018 RESERVATIONS: Available beginning on Lottery Day - Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

LOTTERY DAY - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017

WHAT IS LOTTERY DAY? 
This is the first day you may make a shelter reservation for the following year. Held typically on the 2nd Tuesday in November, the day begins with in-person reservations (see below), and follows with phone-in and online reservations.
 
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
  • Beginning at 7:30am on November 14, 2017 and ending promptly at 7:59am, each party wishing to reserve a park shelter is given a numbered lottery ticket. The distribution takes place in the lobby of the City-County Building, outside the Parks Administrative Office (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Rm. 104)
    • Due to the random drawing process, arriving prior to 7:30am is not recommended or necessary. The building is locked until 7:30am.
    • Only ONE lottery ticket is given to each party reserving a shelter. Failure to abide by this rule may forfeit your eligibility in the Lottery Day process.
  • Beginning at 8:00am, random lottery tickets are drawn. This order establishes when reservations are processed.
    • If you arrive after the drawing begins, you will need to wait until the Lottery Day process is complete before you may place your reservation. 
  • Cash, checks or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa) are accepted for your full payment, which is due at the time of processing your reservation, along with any required permits
  • Long-standing annual Special Events will be reserved prior to Lottery Day. A listing of shelters already reserved for these events will be available HERE by November 1. 
  • Cancellation Policy: Reservations made during the Lottery Day process will receive only a 50% refund up until 10 days prior to the reservation. Within 10 days, no refunds are provided.

 


  • Brittingham Park Shelter

    Address: 829 West Washington Ave.
    Capacity: Seats 150 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • Burrows Park Shelter

    Address: 25 Burrows Rd
    Capacity: Seats 110 people
    Restrooms: In separate building
    Water: Not available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Demetral Park Shelter

    Address: 601 N. Sixth St
    Capacity: Seats 140 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • Elvehjem Park Shelter

    Address: 1202 Painted Post Dr
    Capacity: Seats 80 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Street parking

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Elver Park Shelter #1

    Address: 1260 McKenna Blvd
    Capacity: Seats 100 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Elver Park Shelter #2 (Enclosed)

    Address: 1250 McKenna Blvd
    Capacity: Seats 60 people inside, 80 people outside
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Garner Park Shelter

    Address: 333 S. Rosa Rd
    Capacity: Seats 80 people in main section, 60 people in upper section
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Highland Manor Park Shelter

    Address: 10 Manor Drive
    Capacity: 4,252 sq. ft.; maximum capacity 212; tables and chairs provided onsite for 100 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Hoyt Park Main Shelter

    Address: 3902 Regent St
    Capacity: Seats 100 people
    Restrooms: In separate building
    Water: Not available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Hoyt Park Roys Shelter

    Address: 3902 Regent St
    Capacity: Seats 70 people
    Restrooms: In separate building
    Water: Not available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Gates of Heaven

    Address: 302 E. Gorham St
    Capacity: Seats 98 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • James Madison Park Shelter

    Address: 614 E. Gorham St
    Capacity: 60
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Street parking

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • Lake Edge Park Shelter

    Address: 511 Park Ct
    Capacity: Seats 80 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Street parking

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • Marshall Park Shelter

    Address: 2101 Allen Blvd
    Capacity: Seats 100 people
    Restrooms: In separate building
    Water: Not available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Olin Park Pavilion

    Address: 1156 Olin-Turville Court
    Capacity: Seats 150 people
    Restrooms: In separate building
    Water: Not available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Reindahl Park Shelter

    Address: 1818 Portage Rd
    Capacity: Seats 110 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Rennebohm Park Shelter

    Address: 115 N. Eau Claire Ave
    Capacity: Seats 170 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Street parking

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • John Wall Family Pavilion in Tenney Park

    Address: 402 N. Thornton Ave.-shelter/1414 E. Johnson St.-park
    Capacity: Seats 120 people inside/60 outside patio
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes
    Alcohol-Free Park: Yes - alcohol permit is required.

    Shelter Details
  • Vilas Park Shelter

    Address: 1602 Vilas Park Drive
    Capacity: Seats 170 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Warner Park Shelter

    Address: 2930 N. Sherman Ave
    Capacity: Seats 50 people inside, 140 people outside
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Parking lot

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details
  • Westmorland Park Shelter

    Address: 4114 Tokay Blvd
    Capacity: Seats 100 people
    Restrooms: In shelter
    Water: Available in shelter
    Parking: Street parking

    P.A. (Amplified Sound) Permit Allowed: Yes

    Shelter Details

Reserve Online

or call (608) 266-4711 Mon - Fri, 8 am - 4:15 pm

Questions you will be asked

Please Note: We are continually improving our park system. Please see Parks Projects for more information on specific park projects that may impact your shelter reservation.

More Information

Reservable Spaces

Contact Madison Parks

  • City of Madison Parks Division
    City-County Building, Room 104
    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
    Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 266-4711
  • Fax: (608) 267-1162
  • WI Relay Service
  • Contact Parks
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Park Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
  • After Hours, Weekends & Holidays: Contact Park Rangers 9:30am - 11:00pm, (608) 235-0448