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Sycamore Grove

Reservable Group Picnic Area

Rental Information

Quick Facts
Reservations: required
Maximum capacity: 70 participants
Rental availability:available from 8am until sunset; 7 days/week March-May and September-October; weekends June-August; not available November-February
Hours: 8am until dusk
Amenities/Facilities: picnic tables, group-size barbecue pit, drinking fountain, two shade shelters, open field, campfire area (permit required for open fires)
Additional fees: portable toilet fees may apply
Restrictions: no generators, amplified music, or helium balloons
Location Map

General information
Located just off of Arroyo Road below the Veterans Medical Center.
The Reservable Group Picnic Area is a portion of Sycamore Grove Park available for rental use.

If you are looking for a natural area for a small picnic or event, this location is ideal. You can enjoy quiet time listening to the birds singing in the oaks, bring the equipment to play games such as frisbee or dodgeball in the meadow, roast marshmallows around a campfire, cook a meal on the barbecue, or all of the above.

The rentable area includes:

Since this is part of a natural area, there are limited modern conveniences. The natural meadow area is mowed but is a combination of dirt and grasses which are only green during early spring months. Restroom facilities consist of portable toilets. There is no electricity available and generators are not allowed.

Know before you go
Reservations – Reservations are required and can be made by filling out a rental application which you can download or pick up at the LARPD office at 4444 East Avenue.

Clean up –  renter is responsible for clean up of facility at the end of the event. Staff will empty trash receptacles.

Fire – Permits are required for open fires. You may request a permit at the same time you apply to rent the facility.

Alcohol – Beer and wine are allowed only with a permit. No hard alcohol allowed. You may request a permit at the same time you apply to rent the facility.

Decorations – Decorations and signs must not damage the surface they area attached to (tied on – no tape, nails, tacks, etc.) and must be removed at the end of the event. Helium balloons are not allowed.

Music – Battery-operated music players may be used if operated at a level that does not carry to other areas of the park. Amplified music is not allowed.

Pets –  Pets are not allowed in the Reservable Group Picnic Area.

Safety – Many visitors have concerns about encountering wild animals such as mountain lions, ticks, and rattlesnakes when they visit open space parks. Being aware of how these animals behave and following a few simple rules can keep both you and the wild creatures that live in the park safe.

Contact the rangers – If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at (925)960-2400 or can reach them by email.

Find out more
Facility reservations
Nature Notes– (learn more about local plants and wildlife)
District Rules and Regulations (PDF)