The Park

4 Things to Know About Reserving Space at Green Lake Park

May 21, 2014 12:22pm


As the days get warmer and longer, it’s not surprising that the grasses surrounding Green Lake Park get more and more crowded. Here’s four things to know about reserving space at the park, from our friends at the Seattle Parks Department:

  1. You can’t reserve lawn space. Surprisingly, unless you’re looking to host a publicly advertised event with amplified sound, the lawns surrounding Green Lake Park are available on a first-come first-serve basis. On warm days (especially weekends) plan to come early to stake your claim.
  2. Ballfields can be reserved for athletic use. If you’re looking to use the Green Lake ballfields, you can make reservations in advance by calling (206) 684-4082. Scheduling staff can work with you on availability and certain fees that can be associated. If you opt not to make reservations, be prepared for the chance someone else did.
  3. Large, publicly advertised events require a permit. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that events of a larger scale require a permit. More specifically, a Parks Use Permit. Permits are required for events that are publicly advertised, have plans for amplified sound, require brought-in equipment and have expectations of large crowds. It’s important to note that events of this nature cannot be permitted at Green Lake May through the end of September.
  4. There are no formal picnic areas. Similar to the lawn space, every picnic table at Green Lake is up for grabs. If you’re looking to reserve a public picnic area or covered shelter, the nearest space is located at Lower Woodland and Meridian. A full list of designated picnic parks is available here.

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