Reserve your picnic spot now (summertime)

January 10, 2008

Last spring I learned the hard way that savvy St. Louisans who want to book a covered picnic shelter in Tower Grove Park on a weekend do so early — like up to a year in advance.  The kind staffer who fielded my one-month-in-advance request was very polite in telling me that a weekday might be a possibility, but if I wanted any Saturday or Sunday between May or September, I could forget it.  My party, sheltered by trees at the open-air Gurney site, turned out lovely anyway, but if you’ve got your heart set on the Turkish Pavilion or the Chinese Pavilion, now’s the time to get on the phone: 314.771.2679.

The early 20th-century pavilions in Tower Grove Park aren’t the only coveted outdoor party spots in city parks, although they definitely have the most character.  The picnic shelters in Carondelet and O’Fallon parks are also lovely, and also reserved well in advance.  (And yes, that latter one is in North St. Louis, but believe me, it’s quiet and lovely — don’t be put off by its geography.)  For info on reserving them during the May-September “picnic season,” when a permit is required to use the sites, call the Parks Division at 314.289.5330.  At other times of the year, picnic sites can be snapped up by the first group to get there, no permit required.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s