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Reservations for picnic shelters in city parks will not be accepted through April 20.

Please help slow the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding picnic shelters and their frequently touched surfaces. Parks and Recreation maintenance crews are working hard to keep shelters clean and free of litter, but are unable to disinfect the areas frequently enough to ensure safety.

Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Physical Distance

Safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation believes that city parks, trails, and community gardens can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. We request that our visitors follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of all City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department parks, trails and facilities: 

  1. Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  2. Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  3. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  4. Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains. All Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department restroom facilities will remain closed until further notice. All drinking fountains will also remain turned off. Please plan ahead and prepare.
  5. While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  6. Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.

Shelter house rentals may be made online or by visiting the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 401 N. Morton St., Suite 250 in City Hall, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Shelters are available for rental April 1 through October 31. Reservations are available year round on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shelter reservations must be made either in person or online; we cannot reserve a shelter over the phone.

Shelter rental fees are per day, regardless of how long you actually use the shelter. Shelters are rented to only one party per day, and shelter rental times are from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Contact Leslie Brinson, Community Events Manager, at 812-349-3715 or by email at brinsonl@bloomington.in.gov about obtaining a permit to host a special event at one of the shelters.

Refunds

Refunds will be permitted only if the Parks and Recreation Department is notified at least 14 days prior to the shelter reservation date. Refunds will not be issued for inclement weather.

Regulations Governing the Use of Shelters

  1. Permission to reserve any facility or site owned by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will be granted only where the function can be reasonably accommodated by the park system and such use will not unduly interfere with the rights of the general public and will not present a clear and present danger to the public health and safety of the community.
  2. The possession of alcoholic beverages, drugs and other illegal controlled substances, fireworks, air rifles, paintball guns, bow and arrows, crossbows, swords, and pellet guns is strictly prohibited in any park or park facility. Pursuant to Bloomington Municipal Code 14.20.020, the discharge of a firearm is strictly prohibited within the City's jurisdiction.
  3. Amplified music, or the promotion or sale of any article is expressly prohibited without a Special Event Permit.
  4. Violations of park rules may result in the group being required to vacate the premises without refund of the shelter use fee.
  5. It is strongly recommended that groups investigate the furnishings and amenities (lights, electrical outlets, tables, benches, grills, restroom facilities) provided at the shelter prior to reservation and use.
  6. Groups are expected to provide their own setup and to leave the shelter and area free of litter and debris. Additional cleanup of the area required by park personnel will be billed to the user at a rate of $25/hour plus costs related to damage or vandalism.

For more information about renting a picnic shelter in a City park, contact the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office, 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall, at (812) 349-3700 or via email at parks@bloomington.in.gov.

Reservable Picnic Shelters

Bryan Park - Woodlawn Group Shelter $66/weekdays, $81/weekends and holidays
This shelter is near Woodlawn Avenue and close to Bryan Park Pool and the tennis courts. It can hold up to 120 people, is wheelchair accessible, and has grills, electrical outlets, lights, and water (seasonal). See a map of Bryan Park showing shelter location.

Bryan Park - North Shelter $53/weekdays, $56/weekends and holidays
This shelter is located near the north side of the park. It can hold approximately 25-30 people and comes equipped with a grill, water (seasonal), and electricity. See a map of Bryan Park showing shelter location.

Bryan Park - Henderson Shelter $53/weekdays, $56/weekends and holidays
This shelter is near Henderson Street, close to the Tot Lot playground, and can hold 25 to 30 people. The shelter is equipped with a grill and water (seasonal). Electricity is not available. See a map of Bryan Park showing shelter location.

Building Trades Park - Shelter $53/weekdays, $56/weekends and holidays
Located in Building Trades Park across from Bloomington Hospital on Second Street, this shelter houses 25 to 30 people. It is wheelchair accessible, has accessible restrooms (open seasonally) and a grill but no water or electricity. Two accessible playgrounds are nearby. See a map of Building Trades Park showing shelter location.

Cascades Park (Lower) - Sycamore Shelter $76/weekdays, $91/weekends and holidays
Located in the lower portion of Cascades Park, this shelter can hold approximately 75 people. Bathrooms (open seasonally) are a part of the building, and the shelter comes equipped with grills, electricity, fireplace, water and drinking fountain (seasonal), playground access, and a large parking lot. The Sycamore Shelter is wheelchair accessible. See a map of Lower Cascades Park showing shelter locations.

Cascades Park (Lower) - Waterfall Shelter $66/weekdays, $81/weekends and holidays
Located in the lower portion of Cascades Park, this shelter can hold approximately 75 people. Shelter has electricity, fireplace, drinking fountain (seasonal), playground, and one grill. The Waterfall Shelter is not wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are located across the road at the playground, or at the Sycamore Shelter. See a map of Lower Cascades Park showing shelter locations.

Cascades Park (Upper) - Lion's Den $66/weekdays, $81/weekends and holidays
This accessible shelter can accommodate 100-120 people. An accessible playground is nearby, and there are adult and children's picnic tables, electrical outlets, two grills, and a drinking fountain (seasonal) located at the shelter. Restrooms available in golf clubhouse during business hours, or Port-a-Johns located at shelter site.

Olcott Park - Howard Young Pavilion $66/weekdays, $81/weekends and holidays
This round, gazebo-like pavilion can accommodate 50-75 people. It is wheelchair accessible and comes equipped with picnic tables and a group grill, but no lights or electricity. Restrooms and a drinking fountain (seasonal) are located nearby. See a map of Olcott Park showing the location of the shelter.

RCA Community Park - Small Shelter $53/weekdays, $56/weekends and holidays
Located off Rockport Road/Countryside Lane on RCA Park Drive, this accessible shelter can hold approximately 25-30 people. It comes equipped with a grill, but no water or electricity. Restrooms (open seasonally) are located nearby. See a map of RCA Park showing the locations of the shelters.

RCA Community Park - Large Shelter $61/weekdays, $71/weekends and holidays
This shelter is a beautiful wood structure, secluded among trees and accessible by boardwalk. It can accommodate 85 people and comes equipped with adult and children's picnic tables, group grills, electrical outlets and lights, and is wheelchair accessible. Restrooms (open seasonally) are located nearby. See a map of RCA Park showing the locations of the shelters.

Winslow Woods Park - Playground Shelter $61/weekdays, $71/weekends and holidays
Located off South Highland Avenue, this accessible shelter can hold approximately 120 people and comes equipped with grills and an accessible playground, electricity, and a drinking fountain (seasonal). A Port-A-John is located nearby. See a map of Winslow Woods Park showing the location of the shelter.

Other picnic shelters in City parks

There are picnic shelters in these parks, but they cannot be reserved or rented. Use of the shelters below is on a first-come, first-served basis.