Everyone is welcome to enjoy our city's parks for a picnic or bbq.
The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home.
If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.
Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.
Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only.
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BBQs: A number of parks have fixed BBQs nearby, which cannot be booked.
Picnic spaces: For a simple gathering you can book a picnic space, which gives you first priority use, however not all picnic spaces are bookable. Contact us for bookings and availability.
People are asked to refrain from smoking in Council-owned playgrounds and parks in line with the Council's Smokefree Public Places Policy
Simply use the BBQ when it's available then leave it clean for others.
The BBQs are free and work by electric ignition; push the start button for 15 seconds to operate. You can also take your own gas BBQ to any park except the Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale. Only gas BBQs are permitted, due to the risk of fires.
Most park sites are well set up to hold gatherings of up to 50 people. A few parks have capacity for much larger groups.
If the size of your group is larger than the capacity of the picnic site or you want to include bouncy castles or gazebos (external link)at your picnic, you may need further approval
You will be required to pay at the time of booking. This ensures that the area is not being used by another group booking, that the area is clean and tidy and contractors will not be carrying out maintenance work.
If you want to make a booking for a large gathering of more than 150 people that is publicly advertised and includes the following:
It is likely to be considered an event which means you will need to apply for an event permit(external link).