The Fox Valley Park District will begin accepting picnic shelter reservations on Thursday, Feb. 1, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Park District features 13 picnic shelters throughout its park system in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery. Reservations for groups of 25 or more are available from May 1 to Oct. 21.
Reservation fees are $60 for residents and $90 for non-residents, with a $100 refundable security fee required as well. Reservations include exclusive use of the shelter, pavilion and grill areas during the reserved time. However, as public parks, adjacent open space and playground areas remain available to others during reserved times.
Capacity ranges from 30 to 150 people at all of the shelters except Cool Acres, which can accommodate groups as large as 200. Cool Acres – located on the Fox River along Route 25 and Sullivan Road – is the only shelter area that allows consumption of alcohol. Additional fees and permits are required.
The newly renovated Jericho Lake Park is available once again and features an array of improvements. Also, for the first time, shelter reservations are available at Red Oak Nature Center (weekends only).
Austin Park, Copley I Park and North Aurora Island Park are not available for shelter reservations during the 2018 season due to restroom renovations.
Reservations are taken in-person at the Cole Center (101 W. Illinois Ave.), Prisco Center (150 W. Illinois Ave.) and Eola Center (555 S. Eola Rd.) during weekday hours. An illustrated picnic shelter guidebook is available online and at each facility, providing an overview and photos from each reservable park site.