Please contact the SF Recreation & Parks Department, Permits and Reservations office located in the Old Log Cabin on Stow Lake Drive (off JKF Drive) in Golden Gate Park. Note: this site does not issue permits. You must first fill out this Rec and Park on-line application. Then follow-up after 24-48 hours with a phone call to 415- 831 5500.
Even small picnic tables need to go through this process to get a reservation. If you are a very small family or group picnic, you can just grab a table early without a reservation, and if no one with reservation challenges you, you’re good to go. A blanket, card table and picnic basket is also a good choice. Remember, BBQs are forbidden, though at this time this rule is not vigorously enforced . Please wrap and carry out any coals.
Drinking alcohol in Dolores is also against park policy, and the cops are issuing stern warnings. If you need amplified music beyond a small (Boom-box size) portable device, get a park permit. Non-permitted events, with a band or sound system can and have been shut down. Good Luck and have fun.
Here is Rec and Parks notice on Dolores Park picnic reservations This application must be used for all picnics in Dolores Park. Due to over congestion at Dolores Park, the number and types of events have been limited. Applications for events at Dolores Park will be reviewed in total taking into account the overall impact on the neighborhood.
Please NOTE. Dolores Playground has very strict limitations.
No Barbeques or Cooking
No driving in park to picnic tables
You MUST bag and take your trash home with you
All large picnics at Dolores Park will be required to provide a minimum of a $100 performance bond to ensure that all rules are followed. You may pay the bond either by charging it on your credit card or writing a personal check that we will return to you after the event if all rules are followed. The performance bond may be increased for certain events.