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Park Shelter Reservations and Permits

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Parks, Open Space & Trails

Reservations

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.

Online

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

Telephone

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.

Permits

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.

Originally developed in 1976, the Jim Hamm Nature Area comprises 24 acres, including a 14-acre pond. This land was donated in 1974 by the Hamm family in memory of USAF Captain Jim Hamm who was shot down over Vietnam in 1968 and to honor all St. Vrain Valley Veterans who fought in that war. Jim spent his youth exploring and appreciating the wild environment that once was part of his grandfather's farm (Elmer Montgomery). The pond at the site is a designated bird sanctuary that welcomes a variety of waterfowl throughout the year. The panoramic vista of the Front Range as seen from the area is illustrated on a panel located on the view deck over the pond. 

In 1998, a master plan was completed for the nature area which recommended additional land be added to the South edge of the original site which was accomplished through an additional Hamm family donation in 2002.  Development of the nature area was completed in phases with earlier phases complete in 2001 and 2006, and the most recent and final phase complete in 2014. To view a complete list of amenities and associated trail distances, visit our Plans, Maps & Reports webpage and view the Park Amenities Chart.

The area is used by the public for passive recreation and is a Nature Area. St. Vrain Valley School District uses the site for environmental learning projects and the VFW and American Legion holds Memorial and Veterans Day events at the site. The pond water is supplied by Ute Creek and Spring Gulch. The water level fluctuates by season and year, influencing the kind and number of birds that use the pond. The foothills Audubon Society has conducted several bird counts there spotting as many as 80 different bird species.

The nature area has two shelters which may be reserved. Winterization of the restrooms occurs on October 15.

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

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