Oak Grove Group Picnic Area

Oak Grove in Foothills Park is a group picnic area that is a wonderful place for events of all sorts, from weddings to graduation parties to reunions -- even just an ordinary picnic. It has a capacity of 1 to 150 people. Oak Grove is available by reservation by a Palo Alto resident only, and it is the only reservable picnic area in the park.

  • 18 picnic tables on three levels
  • Two charcoal-only barbecue pits (no wood burning allowed)
  • Water fountain
  • Lawn area
  • Restrooms
  • Trash and recycling dumpsters
  • Parking lot

See the photos below.

Other information:

  • The reservation must be made by a Palo Alto resident. To make a reservation, please use our online reservation system. For assistance with the online system, call Lucie Stern Community Center at 650-463-4900.
  • All Palo Alto residency requirements apply. See the Foothills Park page for more information.
  • Fees depend on the number of people in your party. Click here for the fee schedule.
  • Read the Oak Grove Reservation Information sheet before reserving. It has important information about dogs, how long you may stay, special uses, etc. Feel free to call the rangers with any questions.
  • Foothills Park is a nature preserve. If you are considering a non-typical nature preserve use please call the rangers in advance to inquire if it is allowed or appropriate. Examples of activities that are not permitted include bouncy houses, petting zoos, climbing walls, video boards, and laser tag. You must get a permit in writing from the supervising ranger in advance of your event for non-typical uses. Otherwise, your special activity may not be allowed to take place.
  • A guest list must be submitted one week before your gathering.
  • See the Foothills Park map for the location of Oak Grove within the park. Note that the GPS address for the park is different than the mailing address. Please tell your guests to use 11799 Page Mill Road to get close to the park.
  • Please call the rangers in Foothills Park at 650-329-2423 for more information or if you have any questions.

panorama showing picnic tables and BBQ pits
Photo: View of Oak Grove picnic area from the road, showing (from left) recycling and trash bins, restrooms, 18 picnic tables on three levels, two charcoal barbecue pits, lawn and water fountain. (Click to enlarge)

view of oak grove lawn
Photo: View from picnic tables out toward lawns. Parking lot is on the right. (Click to enlarge)

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2016