- Community Parks
Pioneer Park is among the most popular parks in Novato because of its large play structure, its four lighted and recently remodeled tennis courts and its vast area of lush grass. The nine-acre park is located about a mile west of the downtown area and borders a creek to the north and residential areas on the other three sides. A paved walkway meanders through the grounds up to the historic cemetery on the top of a knoll where many of Novato's famous settlers are buried.
The park is available for rent and is sometimes used for film nights and festivals.
Pioneer Park: (Click here to view a site map of picnic areas)
- Group Barbeque Area (seats 35)
- Gazebo Area (seats 24 - no tables) (no barbecue available/allowed)
- Jump House Sites (requires a park permit)
Park Rental Application (pdf)
Thank you for your interest in Novato's parks. We are committed to processing your park application quickly, and to providing you with a clean and safe facility. Please understand that your group will not be booked officially until you have received a signed permit and all fees are paid. We ask that you not publicize your event until the signed permit is in your hands. It is your responsibility to review the approval carefully to assure that all information is correct—date, time, location, etc. - and that you understand all park regulations and conditions.
Use and consumption of alcohol in all City parks is allowed only in designated group picnic areas and by permit only. If you wish to have alcoholic beverages at your event, you must be at one of the designated group picnic areas and you must request approval for alcoholic consumption on your park permit application.
Any type of barbeques are not allowed to be brought into any park. Vehicles are not allowed inside parks at anytime.
If you want to bring a jump house into a park, you must first fill out a park application and turn it into one of our Customer Service Centers or fax to (415) 899-8219.
The hourly cost of the park rental is as follows (there is a two hour minimum charge):
|Community Parks||Community Service||Private||Profit*|
Group Picnic Areas (Pioneer, Miwok, Hoog, South Hamilton , Amphitheater)
|Small Picnic Area (seats up to 36)||$23 per hour||$34 per hour||$48* per hour|
|Large Picnic Area (seats 60+)||$27 per hour||$40 per hour||$60* per hour|
|Non Residents||10% added to the total rental cost|
Jump Houses, Tents, other allowable large equipment
|$35 flat fee per jump houseper day|
|Multi Turf Grass Areas (Miwok, Pioneer, Amphitheater)||$23 per hour||$34 per hour||$48* per hour|
*Individuals or groups holding an event at which admission fees are charged and the event is intended to make a profit.
You also have the option of hiring park maintenance staff to arrive prior to your event to assure that your site is in proper order. The fee for this optional service is $175. This is not usually needed for weekday rentals since crews can be called in case of an unforeseen problem. It may be desirable for you to consider this on the weekends since we cannot prevent overnight vandalism or abuse of the parks by those not reserving facilities. Ask our clerical staff for additional information if you are interested.
We hope that you enjoy your experience at the park and would love to hear from you after the event. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call our office at (415) 899-8977.