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Shelter Reservations

Madison Parks offers large group shelters and many smaller, year-round picnic shelters. Large shelters offer restrooms (in or nearby), electricity and are generally available mid-April through mid-October (Gates of Heaven and Highland Manor are available year-round). Picnic shelters are reservable or available on a first-come, first-served basis and are open year-round. A few offer seasonal restrooms and electricity.

2022 SHELTER RESERVATIONS - Begin November 9, 8:00am

  • 2022 Rates will be posted after November 3, 2021.
  • Beginning 8:00am on Tuesday, November 9, you may check availability and reserve a shelter for 2022 ONLINE or by calling (608) 266-4711 or in-person at the Parks administration office. 
    • Full payment is due at the time of processing your reservation, along with any required permits.   
    • Credit card (MasterCard or Visa) is the only accepted method of payment. 
    • All reservations are subject to our standard cancellation policy
    • See individual shelter details for pricing.
    • Prior to reserving, be sure to visit Parks Projects. We are continually improving our park system and some of these improvements may impact a nearby shelter. 
  • Most shelters are open mid-April through mid-October (see exceptions below). 
  • The Shelter Reservations Guide provides details on seating capacities, and amenities such as outlets, fireplaces, and picnic tables.

Shelter Open Schedule Exceptions:

Note: 

  • Picnic shelters may now be reserved online or by calling or are 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.
  • 2022 reservations begin at 8:00am on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 
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Picnic Shelters

2022 SHELTER RESERVATIONS - Begin November 9, 8:00am

  • 2022 Rates will be posted after November 3, 2021.
  • Beginning 8:00am on Tuesday, November 9, you may check availability and reserve a shelter for 2022 ONLINE or by calling (608) 266-4711 or in-person at the Parks administration office. 
    • Full payment is due at the time of processing your reservation, along with any optional required permits.   
    • Credit card (MasterCard or Visa) is the only accepted method of payment. 
    • All reservations are subject to our standard cancellation policy
    • See individual shelter details for pricing.
    • Prior to reserving, be sure to visit Parks Projects. We are continually improving our park system and some of these improvements may impact a nearby shelter. 

Smaller picnic shelters may be reserved for exclusive or on a first-come, first-served basis, if not previously reserved.  

RESERVE: ONLINE (search "small picnic shelter") or by calling (608) 266-4711
 
OPTIONAL PERMITS NOTES
  • 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. A handful of parks are alcohol-free and require a permit to bring alcohol. You must have a reservation and an alcohol permit, which can be obtained when placing a reservation.
  • All picnic shelters are open year-round, however, if the picnic shelter has restrooms, these are open seasonally (closed winter/cold months).
  • In the event of severe weather, picnic shelters are not lightening protection areas. Please seek an alternative location. 
  • Firearms or weapons are not permitted at any of the shelters. Violators may be considered trespassers and may be subject to forfeiture or arrest.
  • **IMPORTANT**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 see Park Projects for park improvement that may impact a nearby shelter.

CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS OF PICNIC SHELTER RESERVATIONS:

  • Cancellation requests must be submitted to the Parks Administration Office in writing to:
    210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, #104, Madison, WI  53703 or by email
  • There is no charge to change the date and/or location, if the request is received 28 days or more prior to event date.
  • Full refunds are given, at no charge for cancellation requests received at least 28 days prior to the event date.
  • Cancellations and changes received 27 to 11 days prior to the event date (counting notice date and event date) will incur a $10 administrative fee. 
  • No cancellations or changes will be accepted 10 days or fewer before the event date (counting notice date and event date).

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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.

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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