Picnics

The trails at Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center will be closed for maintenance on Thursday, September 19th.

The trails at Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center will be closed for maintenance on Thursday, September 19th.

Central Park
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
Craigmeur Recreation Area
Old Troy Park
Cooper Gristmill
Passaic River Park
Fosterfields Living Historic Farm
Schooley's Mountain Park
Hedden Park
Silas Condict Park
Lewis Morris Park
Tourne Park
Loantaka Brook Reservation
 

 

Reservation Procedure

 - Reservations are processed through the Reservations Department, located in the Cultural Center at 300 Mendham Road, Morris Township.
        * Office hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
        * Changes to a permit can only be made during regular business hours.
 - Reservations may be made starting the first working day of December for the following year.
 - Groups of 25 or more persons utilizing any Morris County Park System area are required to make a reservation and obtain a permit.
 - All shelters, ball fields, campgrounds, play areas, and semi-permanent tents require a reservation.
 - Reservations are required for all major holidays.
 

There are three ways to make a reservation:

Online: Request an Outdoor Event Reservation Now
By Phone: Call 973.326.7631 Option 1 for availability and fees.
In Person: Come in person during office hours.
 
Fees vary for the different reservable areas. 

All non-reservable picnic areas include grills and picnic tables, these areas are available for small groups (less than 25 people) without reservations.
 

Cancellation Policy

All requests to cancel your event must be made in writing to the Reservation Department.
   
Cancellations 61 days or more prior to the event 90% of the rental fee will be refunded 10% will be retained for administrative fees.
Cancellation 31-60 days prior to the event 70% of the rental fee will be refunded 30% will be retained for administrative fees.
Cancellations 30 days or less prior to the event there is no refund.
 

Rain Cancellation

For rental areas without a shelter - If it is raining at the start of your rental at your rental locationyou may reschedule your rental date to occur within 60 calendar days of the cancellation, provided that you notify the Reservations Department of the cancellation within 48 hours after the start of your scheduled event.  If there are no available dates in the same calendar year, Commission approval will be required to extend into the next year. Reservations must be made between January 1 and January 31 for the approved carry over rental.
For rentals with a Shelter - there are no rain dates or refunds.
 

General Information

 - Retain your copy of the paid invoice and bring it with you to your event for identification. If an adjustment in arrival time is necessary, please call 973.326.7631 during regular business hours.
 - Reservations will be held for one (1) hour past the scheduled time after which the area will be made available to the public.
 - The exchange of money for services or merchandise is prohibited without specific written authority of the Park Commission.
 - Any misrepresentation of the information given to secure a permit may result in the denial of future permit requests.
 - The responsible adult (permit application signator) is obligated to see that group members conform to the regulations of the Park Commission. This adult is responsible for any damages which may be caused to Park Commission facilities.
 - All groups are expected to leave the area in a suitably clean condition, free from damage, debris and litter.
 

Special Information

 - A Park Police officer must be hired if a band or disc jockey is approved.
 - Use of alcoholic beverages must be authorized on your permit, in advance of your reservation date. Alcohol consumption is permitted only in your group's reserved area, as indicated on the permit.
 - All caterers must comply with the County of Morris Risk Management insurance requirements before a permit can be obtained. This information must be authorized on your permit in advance of the reservation date.  
 - Service Road use is restricted to drop off and pick up only. Long term parking on Service Roads is strictly prohibited. Please park in designated areas only. ADA accommodations can be made in advance.
 - Use of a tent at designated areas must be authorized in advance by the Park Commission.  An additional fee and the tent company's insurance will be required. This information must be authorized on your permit in advance of the reservation date.
 - The use of public address systems and other sound amplification must be approved by the Park Commission, well in advance of your reservation date. This information must be authorized on your permit in advance of the reservation date.
 - All parks are Carry In / Carry Out.  Renters are required to bring their own bags and dispose of their trash in the provided dumpsters.
 

Request an Outdoor Event Reservation