Park Shelter & Picnic Area Rentals

All picnic areas and shelters (Park Facilities) and ballfields are available on a first-come, first-served basis; however, they can be rented for private functions or events. Parks can not be rented out for exclusive use, but the rental of a space gives a group the conditional right to use that requested area for a specified date and time. 

The most popular requests are for covered picnic areas (shelters). Currently, there are 3 shelters/ pavilions within DuPont available to rent:

All other parks can be found here, including a parks master search which allows you to search for parks with certain features. You can also look at the Picnic Area, Field Rental & Indoor Facilities Booklet which breaks down each location and provides information on amenities and fees. 

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Applying For a Reservation 

We are in the process of a reservation overall so please be patient while we work out the bugs! To apply for a reservation, please review the Park Facility Use & Reservation Policies and determine whether or not your planned event requires a special event permit.  Due to the inability to have an viewable calendar for each location at this time, and the potentiality of requiring certain permits for your event, please contact Leticha Smith or DuPont City Hall at least 30 days in advance to be sure your planned date is available for the site you have in mind. All requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the planned event date. 

All reservation requests must be made through an account on CivicRec. You can learn how to make an account here

You can look at availability and submit an application on our CivicRec website. 


All reservation requests and payments are done through our city website on CivicRec. You will need to create an account to view the availability calendar and submit the application and payment. All reservations will have a usage fee. A refundable damage/ cleaning deposit is applied to fields and the Community Center which will be returned as long as the area being rented is left the way it was found when you arrived. It is your responsibility to document if the site is in poor shape when you arrive. Payment can be made by credit or debit card and must be paid within 5 business days prior to the rental or risk forfeiture of the rental. If another payment method is preferred, please contact Leticha Smith and other options can be discussed. 

Rentals That Require a Special Event Permit

The special event permit is $75 per event and required for any and all activities on public or private property that either:

  • Have greater than 50 occupants
  • A group of any size that intends to serve alcohol. Please see Alcohol Guidelines.
  • Affect the standard and ordinary use of public streets, right-of-way, sidewalks or any other  areas which requires levels of City services.*
  • Fairs, festivals, carnivals, sporting events, runs, bike-a-thons, markets, dances, fundraisers, motion picture filming, parades/ marches, etc.*
    1. *NOTE: This applies even if the group is under 50 occupants.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for the special event permit via our SmartGov online portal.  Need help applying for your permit?  Email or call (253) 912-5217 with any questions.

NOTE:  Bounce houses and water slides are not allowed on City property for private special events.

These permits may take two weeks and up to 60 days to process depending on the type of event.  It is highly recommended that you apply for this permit at least 60 days before your event. If your planned date is less than 60 days you may risk having it rejected and the permit fee is non-refundable.  

Payment for reservations requiring a Special Event Permit 

A reservation is not complete and valid until all applicable fees and deposits have been paid for in full. If all fees are not paid for within 5 business days prior to your planned event, your event is at risk to being given to the next group if there is a waiting list for that particular date and area. If you required a Special Event Permit and you have not received a response from the City in regards to your event  by two weeks prior to your event date, please call.  

Waiting List

A waiting list may begin if multiple requests for a particular area are made for the same date and times. There are two outcomes of the waiting list:

All applications received come as a first-come, first-served basis:
  • Subsequent applications will be added to a waiting list. If payment hasn't been received within 5 business days prior to the event, the first group will be dropped and the second group will need to pay within 24 hours after notification by phone call and e-mail. 
  • Or a written agreement between the first two groups agreeing to a back-to-back booking on the requested date with a minimal hour buffer. If either group is on the site outside of their designated rental time, they are at risk of being billed any additional time or have that amount taken out of their deposit.