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Park Shelter Reservations and Permits

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Parks, Open Space & Trails


Many of our parks provide shelters that offer an excellent place to host gatherings or special events. A complete list of parks with shelters is provided below; click the park name to review details about that park.


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Access our online park shelter reservation system to find availability and submit your reservation.


To reserve a park shelter via phone, call (303) 651-8404.

Guidelines for Reservations

  • Park shelter reservations are stopped Thursdays at noon for that weekend's rental.
  • Park shelter reservations are made on-line by credit card, by phone with credit card (303-651-8404 ) or by cash/credit card in person at 700 Longs Peak Avenue (Recreation Services)
  • Shelter reservations may be made months in advance. Reservations are accepted for dates April through October. Reservations are not accepted for winter months when restrooms are winterized.
  • Reservations are made on a first-come/first serve basis and need to be paid the day the reservation is requested.
  • You are renting the shelter, you do not have exclusive use of the park or restrooms.
  • Bouncy houses, pony rides and petting zoo's are not allowed in any City Park.
  • You must follow all Park Rules.
  • Signing a Park Shelter Reservation Agreement form is required for every rental confirming no alcohol, no live music or amplified sound.

Rental Rates for City Park Shelters

Effective December 8, 2015

Daily rental rate for groups of under 99 people

  • April 8 - May 14: $45 resident/ $56.25 non-res
  • May 15 – August 14 (Peak Season): $65 resident/ $81.25 non-res
  • August 15 - October 13: $45 resident / $56.25 non-res

For groups of 100 people or more, a special application is required and the fee will be based on the number of people attending. You may be required to rent port-o-lets for larger groups.


Please be aware that special permits are required if you are holding a large event, charging admission or serving or selling alcohol. Learn more about such permits, including when you need them, how you get them and how much they cost by visiting the City Clerk's Licensing and Permits webpage or contacting the Clerk's Office.

  • Dawson Neighborhood Park

    Dawson Park Sign
    1. Address:1757 Harvard St.
      Longmont, CO 80501
    1. Boating (non-motorized, carry on boats only)
    2. Fishing (all ages)
    3. Paddleboarding
    4. Picnic Area(s)
    5. Playground(s) - handicap accessible
    6. Public Art
    7. Restroom(s)
    8. Shelter(s)
    9. Tennis Court(s)
    10. Trails (Paved and Gravel)
    11. Volleyball Court(s) - Sand
    1. Parks

Neighborhood Park Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

Dawson Neighborhood Park borders McIntosh Lake on the northwest side of Longmont. With commanding views of the mountains, this 15-acre park offers shoreline fishing, tennis, and a restful walking trail system. Dawson Park adjoins McIntosh Lake Nature Area, which also links to Flanders Neighborhood Park and Boulder County's Lohr Open Space and Agricultural Heritage Center at Lohr-McIntosh Farm.

Dawson Silverwood, an stainless steel tree by artist Steve Jensen, was installed in 2003 at this park.

Visit the Plans, Maps & Reports webpage and click Map of Parks in Longmont to see all parks displayed on an interactive map. Choose from the Amenities dropdown menu to find parks with the amenity you are seeking, such as playground, pool, or picnic area.

For more information or to reserve a shelter at this park, contact Parks, Open Space & Trails.


The park was named for John Dawson (1839-1917), who joined the Chicago-Colorado Colony in 1871 and farmed east of Hygiene. The lake was called Dawson Lake before taking the name McIntosh Lake.

The park was named in 1973 and developed in 1981.


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