Reserving Picnic Facilities


The City of Bowie offers several sheltered and non-sheltered rentable picnic facilities. Each site has a maximum capacity for attendees and an associated rental fee. Rental fees are based on the status of residency of the renter and the facility or area being rented. The individual who rents the facility (the person to whom the permit is issued aka the "Permit Holder") will be legally responsible for the group and their actions and must remain on site for the entire duration of the event. Consumption of alcohol is by permit only and may only be consumed at the picnic facility or area.

Please Note:

  • The City does not offer any indoor picnic facilities
  • Non-sheltered picnic facilities (Family Areas + Group Areas) do not offer any protection from rain. Refunds or rain re-schedule dates are not given for inclement weather. Our sheltered picnic facilities are called Pavilions.


Family Areas

Non-sheltered, accommodate less than 25 persons, available on a first-come first-served basis to groups of 25 or less. Each area contains at least one table; some areas offer a grill, but not all.

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Group Areas 5, 6, 8

  • Non-sheltered, accommodate up to 32 persons, can be reserved.
  • Contains 4 tables; 2 grills

Group Areas 3, 4, 7

  • Non-sheltered, accommodate up to 48 persons, can be reserved
  • Contains 6 tables; 2-3 grills

Picnic Pavilions 


Allen Pond Park - East Pavilion + West Pavilion

  • Sheltered, accommodate up to 80 persons
  • Contains 10 tables; 2 grills
  • Electricity available

The use of Andy Brown soccer field or Softball Field #3 at Allen Pond Park is available for use by East Pavilion permit holders from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and West Pavilion permit holders from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day - Labor Day

Whitemarsh Park Pavilion

  • Sheltered, accommodate up to 150 persons
  • Contains 10 tables; 2 grills
  • Electricity not available

Allen Pond Picnic Map 

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Rental Fees

Rental Fee
Security Deposit
Rental Fee
Security Deposit
Group Area 3, 4, 7$100$100$250$250
Group Area 5, 6, 8$75$75$200$200
Pavilion Alcohol Permit$200$200$400$200
Group Area Alcohol Permit$100$200$200$200

The rental fees for picnic areas (Pavilions + Group Areas) are based on Bowie residency and the area that is being rented:

  • Resident Rate: A resident rate will apply to a reservation where the applicant (permit holder) lives in a home within the corporate City limits of Bowie. If the applicant is a "business," the business must have offices located within the corporate City limits. If the applicant is a "nonprofit organization" residency will be based on the official address of the organization as listed on its 501(c)3 document.
  • Non-Resident Rate: A non-resident rate will apply to all other applicants

Placing a Reservation 

Click here to be re-directed to the City of Bowie Parks Recreation Website. You can check picnic reservation availability by clicking on the box Reserve a Picnic Site - Facilities. For more detailed steps/instructions on how to begin, process and complete your reservation, please visit How to Make a Picnic Reservation on the tab to the left.