Picnic Area Rules & Regulations

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Parks & Recreation’s rules and regulations for Picnic Areas. If you have any questions please contact the reservations office at (650) 522-7434.

City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department Park Rules and Regulations

  1. Alcohol is prohibited unless a City alcohol permit has been issued. Permits which have alcohol included must end at 6:00pm. Alcohol is not permitted at Parkside Aquatic Park, Ryder Park, Shoreview Park, Harborview Park, or Laurelwood Park.
  2. No electricity provided by the City at any picnic site.
  3. Glass bottles are not permitted at any City park.
  4. Vehicles are not permitted inside any city park at any time unless previous permission has been granted. Any unauthorized vehicles in the park or picnic area will be subject to a citation and towing at the owner’s expense. All picnic supplies must be transported on foot into park and picnic area.
  5. Inflatable jump houses may only be used with prior approval in conjunction with a valid picnic permit. Jump houses must be placed in designated areas within the park, and must not exceed 15x15 with no slides or balls. A generator must be provided by the jumper rental company. Jumpers are not permitted at Laurelwood Park and Parkside Aquatic Park.
  6. The use of sound amplification equipment is prohibited.
  7. No personal barbecues are to be brought into any park. Barbecuing is restricted to the barbecue pits provided by the City at each picnic site.
  8. Dogs are allowed at all City parks, but must remain on a tethered leash at all times except at the designated dog parks at Seal Point Park.
  9. No person, group or organization shall charge a fee, offer for sale, or accept a donation without prior approval from the Director of Parks and Recreation.
  10. Individuals may utilize turf areas in parks provided the area is not already permitted for an athletic event. If someone with a valid permit asks you to vacate an athletic field, please do so immediately.
  11. Model airplanes, motorized scooters or any other motor driven vehicles are prohibited.
  12. No extra tables are to be brought into any park.
  13. Please leave picnic area clean with all trash placed in the trash cans provided. It is advised to bring additional trash bags to compensate for excess trash.
  14. With the exception of dogs on leashes, no domesticated animals (petting zoos) will be permitted in any Park Property or Facility.
  15. Permit holder must be at least 21 years of age in order to obtain an alcohol permit for any drop in area or picnic site.

Damage/Cleaning Deposit

  1. Any misrepresentation of group or use, or failure to clean-up or comply with park rules and regulations may result in expulsion from the park and/or forfeiture of all fees and deposits.
  2. Permit holder will be responsible for any damage or loss sustained to any grounds, building, equipment, or unusual clean-up required, as a result of the permit holder’s occupancy of the reserved picnic area.

Picnic Cancellation Guidelines

  1. Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the permit date, and a $20.00 processing fee will be retained.
  2. If less than 10 working days are given and you must cancel your permit, there will be no refund.
  3. If unforeseen conditions arise causing the Parks & Recreation Department to cancel your park permit, a full refund will be issued.
  4. Cancellation of Jumper or Alcohol Permits must be made no later than 5pm on the Friday before your permit. After this time, no refunds will be given for jumper or alcohol permits that are not used.
  5. Drop-in Alcohol permits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Rain Out Policy

  1. If rain makes the picnic area unusable, a full refund will be issued upon request and must be submitted within the week following the date of the permit.
  2. Requests to cancel a permit due to the forecast of bad weather will not be granted without a $20.00 cancellation fee.