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 the only reservable picnic area in the park.
Because Foothills Park is open to Palo Alto residents and their accompanied guests only, the reserving party must be a resident of Palo Alto and must attend the event. There must be one (1) Palo Alto resident for every 15 non-resident guests. Children are included in both resident and non-resident counts.
The Oak Grove picnic area is yours to use for the day. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. and closes at a specific time based on sunset. For specific closing hours, please see our open-hours schedule. Event cleanup must be finished one half hour before park closing. All members of your party, including guests, caterers, musicians, etc., must exit the park before park closing. Equipment may not be left overnight either before or after your event.
Please read the Oak Grove Reservation Information sheet before reserving. It has important information about dogs, how long you may stay, special uses, and more. Feel free to call the rangers with any questions.
You can make a reservation using our online system, or by filling out the application packet.
Once your reservation has been confirmed, the guest list in the packet must be submitted to Foothills Park one week in advance, listing all members of your party, residents and non-residents alike.
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)
Photo: View from picnic tables out toward lawns. Parking lot is on the right. (Click to enlarge)