Catered food and food trucks are allowed with a valid certificate of insurance. Please note that any food provider must have the appropriate up to date permits. Food trucks may not drive onto the field or into the park, but must park in a designated/legal parking spot. Cooking apparatuses such as a barbecue or grills are allowed at Burgess Park with a valid certificate of insurance, but there is no cooking allowed at Nealon Park. Beer and wine can be served with a certificate of insurance, no glass bottles, no hard liquor.
For more information, please see our Picnic Information and Use Policy.
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Picnic areas are available for reservation and rental year-round at Burgess Park and Nealon Park. A list of available picnic areas and relevant documents, including our Picnic Information and Use Policy, can be found inside our online facility reservation portal.
For the time being, the picnic areas at Nealon Park are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.
You can check the schedule via our online facility reservation portal, or contact our office at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium. A map of the different areas as well as a table of the amenities they contain is available in our Picnic Information and Use Policy.
You can reserve areas online through our online facility reservation portal, by visiting our office at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, or by emailing us a pdf copy of your completed reservation form.
Payment for all picnic areas must be made at the time of the reservation. Online reservations can be paid with a MasterCard or Visa. In person reservations can be paid with cash, check, MasterCard or Visa.
The hourly rates for the various picnic areas at Burgess Park and Nealon Park are listed on the first page of the Picnic Information and Use Policy. It is important to note that there are different rates for residents and nonresidents and that residents of unincorporated Menlo Park will be charged as nonresidents.
A Certificate of Liability Insurance is required for all field, gym and indoor facility rentals, all nonresident picnic rentals, and any picnic rentals (resident or nonresident) serving alcohol or using special equipment such as, but not limited to, additional cooking apparatuses, tents/canopies, bounce houses and other inflatables.
Please see our Rental Insurance Requirements for more information and a sample Certificate of Liability Insurance. If you have any further questions, please contact our office at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium. We do not require insurance from specific providers, but can give you a list of companies that have worked for other renters in the past.
Yes, both Burgess Auxiliary Field #9 and Nealon Auxiliary Field #5 can be added to a picnic rental, based on availability of the space. For more information on adding a field rental to your picnic reservation, please contact our office at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium. It is important to note that the city requires a Certificate of Liability Insurance for all field rentals, regardless of residency.
Please see our Field Information and Usage Policy for policies on using the field.
Bounce houses are allowed at City picnic areas with a Certificate of Liability Insurance (see question above). Any bounce house or other inflatable must fit inside your reserved area and must not block any pathways.
There are outlets in the park, but we cannot guarantee that they will be working/available to you. Other renters, unexpected outages, required maintenance and other factors could limit the viability/availability of power sources, so we do recommend that renters bring their own generator or other such portable power source.
There are no public access water sources in the park aside from the bathroom sinks and water fountains.
Dogs are allowed in the picnic areas, but must be on leash at all times.
Amplified sound is not allowed without a noise permit. If you’re planning on using anything more powerful than a standard portable speaker, please reach out to the City’s Planning Division.
Any picnic tables at parks other than those at Burgess Park and Nealon Park cannot be reserved and are available only on a first come, first served basis. There is no cooking on-site allowed at the other parks and you would not be permitted to bring a jumper or any other special equipment.