Picnic Shelters

The facilities division, located in the Minnetonka Community Center, is responsible for picnic shelter reservations for both Hopkins and Minnetonka. The picnic shelter sites include:

Food set out for a picnic lunch

Hopkins
Minnetonka

Park systems in both communities provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities to enhance your picnic and may include:

  • Softball and soccer fields
  • Volleyball court
  • Playground apparatus
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Basketball court

A description of each facility’s amenities and hours of availability, fees, and application forms are available below. Summer weekend dates fill quickly, so be sure to request your reservation as far in advance as possible, keeping in mind our reservation policies. Download the application (PDF).

How to reserve a picnic shelter

  • A permit is required to reserve a picnic shelter at a park facility for groups of 25 people or more.
  • Picnic shelters can be reserved by phone, fax, mail, or in person.
  • Applications must be received at least 7 days in advance of your requested date, and payment must be included.
  • Shelters are not reserved until payment has been received. Checks are payable to Facilities Division, or you may use a credit card. Only Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted. Please include credit card number and expiration date.
  • Reservations by phone (952.939.8390) or fax (952.939.8373) must be paid for with a credit card.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to reserve a facility and at least 21 years of age to obtain a beer permit. Beer permits cost $25, require age verification of picnic reservation applicant in person and are only issued during the regular picnic season.

Dates of availability

Picnic shelter facilities are available for reservations, with some restrictions, May 24 through September 1. Beer permits can only be issued during these dates.

Reservation hours

Maximum permit length is 5 hours, no later than 9 p.m.

Minnetonka picnic shelters
Bathrooms are on timer system—open at dawn, close at dusk
Lone Lake and Gro Tonka: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Shady Oak park: June 6–August 24, reservations are only available 4–8 p.m. Outside of these dates the hours are 9 a.m.–dusk. Beach restrooms are available during beach season (June 6–August 24); outside of beach season, port-a-potties are available.
Hopkins picnic shelters
Bathrooms are opened and closed by park attendants
Burnes, Valley and Central: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (Bathrooms at Valley Park close at 8 p.m.)

Beer permits

  • A picnic permit and a beer permit are required from the facilities division in order to consume beer during the time you have reserved.
  • A permit allows for consumption of beer in non-glass containers and must be requested on your picnic application form.
  • Keg beer is allowed at Minnetonka shelters only; no keg beer is allowed at Hopkins shelters.
  • The fee for a beer permit is $25.
  • Beer shall only be consumed within 50 feet of picnic shelter and picnic tables.
  • Age verification of the person applying for the permit is required, in-person with a government-issued photo ID with birth date and signature.
  • The individual (the “responsible person”) who applies for the permit must:
    1. Remain on the park premises at all times when beer is being served.
    2. Must have the permit in possession and show it upon request by authorized city personnel.
    3. The responsible person has the obligation to ensure that state laws, park rules and any permit conditions are being followed.
    4. The applicant (and all consumers) must be at least 21 years old.
  • Beer consumption is prohibited between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. No glass bottles of any kind are allowed.
  • A violation of the park rules or permit conditions may result in criminal penalties and the immediate revocation of the permit by a city police officer or park attendant.
  • We require 7 days advance notice to process this permit request. The permit is not issued until approved by an authorized representative of the facilities division.
  • Any person who objects to action of city staff in denying the permit or adding of conditions may appeal to the city council by submitting a request in writing to the facilities manager within ten days after notice of the action.

Park guidelines

Picnic shelter applicants are responsible for following the park rules as established by the cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka. For a complete listing of park rules, call 952.939.8390.

Non-profit requests

Groups wishing to be considered for non-profit status must submit non-profit documentation with the application form (i.e., 501(c)3, etc.).

Groups considered to be non-profit include churches, civic organizations, public schools, parochial and private schools, and athletic associations.

Reservation priority policy

Applications for the 2014 summer season are being accepted beginning Monday, January 6, 2014, for everyone.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Refunds are made only when picnic reservations are withdrawn at least 30 days prior to the reservation date of the picnic shelter. All refunds requested by the applicant that we grant will be assessed a $10 administrative fee. Refunds take approximately three weeks to process.

Refunds will not be granted due to weather-related issues. This is a circumstance beyond our control and is a risk assumed by the applicant when reserving an outdoor shelter.

Reservation fees

  • Resident (non-profit): $40
  • Resident: $43
  • Non-resident (non-profit): $75
  • Non-resident: $80
  • Beer permit (separate beer permit application required): $25

Park descriptions

City of Minnetonka

One attendant is scheduled to provide service to both Lone Lake Park and Gro-Tonka Park. When reservations occur at Gro-Tonka, the attendant will meet you about 15 minutes prior to your reservation time and return about 15 minutes before the end of your reservation.

Gro-Tonka Park
Picnic shelter application
Gro-Tonka Park
Address:
17003 Prospect Place
Group capacity: 60
Shelter seating capacity: 32
Parking: 30 vehicles
Electrical service: Located at restroom building
Water facilities: Located at restroom building
Restroom facilities: Located at restroom building
Park amenities:
  • Softball field through July
  • Soccer field (August through Labor Day)
  • Tennis courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Playground
Additional areas: softball field (first come, first serve)
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter
(Beer permit application)

Lone Lake Park
Picnic shelter application
Lone Lake Park, Hillside Shelter
Address:
5624 Shady Oak Road
Group capacity:
125 per site
Shelter seating capacity:
  • Lakeside shelter: 50
  • Hillside shelter: 75
Parking: Available in upper and lower parking lots
Electrical service: Located at attendant facility
Water facilities: Located at attendant facility
Restroom facilities: Located at attendant facility
Park amenities:
  • BBQ grills
  • Walking trails
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Playground
Additional areas: none
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter

Shady Oak Park
Picnic shelter application
Address: 5200 Shady Oak Road
Group capacity: 100
Shelter seating capacity: 100 people
Parking: Very limited, with overflow parking at Lone Lake Park, which is ¼ mile away
Electrical service: Located at shelter
Restroom facilities: Located in beach area (available only when beach is open)
Park amenities:
  • Canoe launch
  • BBQ grills
  • Trail
  • Fishing pier
Beach amenities:
(Available only when beach is open: $3 group admission rate per person to enter beach)
  • Sand volleyball
  • Water play area
  • Canoe rental
  • Playground
  • Concessions
  • Restroom/changing areas
Reservation hours:
  • May 1–June 5: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • June 6–August 24: 4–8 p.m. only.
  • August 25–September 30: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Beach season (June 6–August 24, 2014) operation hours:
  • Beach opens at 10 a.m.
  • June 6–August 1: beach closes at 9 p.m.
  • August 2–24: beach closes at 8 p.m.
  • Swimming ends one half hour before sunset—the exact time will be posted at the beach each day.
Additional areas: Sand volleyball at beach front (daily admission required for all who enter beach)
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter (not allowed in beach!)
(Beer permit application)

City of Hopkins

One attendant is scheduled to provide service to both Burnes Park and Valley Park and is not stationed full-time at either site, but goes back and forth between the two.

Burnes Park
Picnic shelter application
Burnes Park
Burnes Shelter West
Address: 301 2nd Street North
Group capacity: 100 per site
Shelter seating capacity:
  • East shelter: 90
  • West shelter: 50
Parking: 75 vehicles (street parking and adjacent church parking lot)
Electrical service: in shelter, controlled by attendant
Water facilities: Fountain and attendant facility
Restroom facilities: Available in attendant facility/satellite
Burnes Park
Burnes Shelter East
Park amenities:
  • BBQ grills
  • Ball field (August through Labor Day)
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Playground
Additional areas: Ballfield A (first come first serve)
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter

Valley Park
Picnic shelter application
Valley Park Shelter West
Valley Park Shelter West
Address: 801 7th Avenue S
Group capacity: 125
Shelter seating capacity: 90
Parking: 52 vehicles
Electrical service: Located at the shelter and controlled by the attendant
Water facilities: Provided in the attendant facility
Restroom facilities: Available in attendant facility/satellite
Valley Park Shelter East
Valley Park Shelter East
Park amenities:
  • BBQ grills
  • Trails
  • Ball field
  • Sand volleyball
  • Basketball court
  • Playground
Additional areas: ball field, volleyball court (first come first serve)
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter
(Beer permit application)

Central Park
Picnic shelter application
Address: 101 17th Avenue S
Group capacity: 150
Shelter seating capacity: 60
Parking: 135 vehicles
Electrical service: No electrical service
Water facilities: Provided in the attendant facility
Restroom facilities: Indoor facilities controlled by the attendant
Park amenities:
  • BBQ grills
  • Ball field
  • Sand volleyball
  • Tennis and basketball courts (Katherine Curren school)
  • Playground
Additional areas: limited use at Central #4 ball field, volleyball court (first come, first serve)
Beer: Allowed with permit and only at picnic shelter
(Beer permit application)