Shelters, picnics and corporate events

There are more than 50 shelters at parks throughout Lexington that are great for hosting birthdays, reunions, company outings and more. Each shelter ranges in size and amenities.

Rent a shelter

Shelter rental information

  • Shelter rentals for 2021 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2021.
  • Outdoor rental shelters are available by reservation only at the following parks: Jacobson, Masterson Station, Shillito, Southland and Veterans parks.
  • Rental fees range between $55 – $120 per day. Park hours are generally 8 a.m. until dark.
  • See shelter maps below for individual shelter amenities.

Shelter locations

Idle Hour Park

212 St. Ann Dr.

  • Idle Hour Park has one rentable shelter complex, consisting of two 400-sq. ft. shelters.
  • Idle Hour Park map

Jacobson Park

4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd.

  • Jacobson Park has seven rentable outdoor shelters ranging in size from 600 – 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Jacobson Park map

Masterson Station Park

3051 Leestown Rd.

Shillito Park

300 W. Reynolds Rd.

  • Shillito Park has five rentable outdoor shelters ranging in size from 800 – 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Shillito Park map

Southland Park

625 Hill-n-Dale Rd.

Veterans Park

4303 Tates Creek Rd.

  • Veterans Park has three rentable outdoor shelters, approximately 700 sq. ft. each.
  • Veterans Park map

Corporate Events

Shelters and park space are available for corporate outings and events at specific locations. Contact the Parks rentals office at parksrentals@lexingtonky.gov or (859) 288-2972 for additional information.

First-come, first-served shelters

Over 50 picnic shelters in Lexington parks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These shelters are free to use, but cannot be reserved. Find a first-come, first-served picnic shelter near you in the list below. Shelters are listed alphabetically by park name and include icons indicating various amenities.

Restroom Note: Many restrooms and water fountains are closed during winter months to prevent freezing of water lines. Most portable toilets are not available during the winter months.

Grill Note: All park grills are charcoal. Bring your own charcoal. If a shelter does not have a grill, you may bring your own propane grill. Personal charcoal grills are not allowed.

Park name – address – size and style – restrooms (Y/N or P for portable toilet) – grill (Y/N)

  1. Addison Park – 1150 Garrison Ave. – large rectangular – N – Y
  2. Belleau Woods Park – 3770 Forest Green Drive – Small Square – N – Y
  3. Berry Hill Park – 3489 Buckhorn Drive – Large Gazebo – P – N
  4. Castlewood Park – 201 Castlewood Drive – Large Square – Y – Y Nearby  
  5. Constitution Park – 1670 Old Paris Road – Large Gazebo – Y – N
  6. Constitution Park – 1670 Old Paris Road – Small Gazebo – Y – Y
  7. Dixie Park – 1850 Eastland Parkway – Small Rectangular – N – N
  8. Dogwood Trace Park – 2389 Dogwood Trace Blvd – Small Gazebo – P – N
  9. Ecton Park – 956 Turkey Foot Road – Large Rectangular – Y – N
  10. Elizabeth Street Park – 1420 Elizabeth St. – Small Gazebo – N – N
  11. Gainesway Park – 3460 Campus Way – Small Square – N – N
  12. Gainesway Park – 3460 Campus Way – Small Square – N – N
  13. Gardenside Park – 1835 Yorktown Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  14. Garden Springs Park – 2005 Dogwood Drive – Small Rectangular – N – Y Nearby
  15. Green Acres Park – 1560 LaSalle Road – Small Rectangular – N – N
  16. Green Acres Park – 1560 LaSalle Road – Small Square – N – Y
  17. Harrods Hill Park – 3308 Ridgecane Road –  Small Gazebo – P – N
  18. Hartland Park – 3701 Kenesaw Drive – Small Gazebo – P – N
  19. Hill and Dale Park – 2351 Maplewood Drive – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  20. Johnson Heights Park – 846 Johnsdale Drive – Large Gazebo – N – N
  21. Kenawood Park – 612 Bryanwood Parkway – Large Triangular – Y – N
  22. Kenawood Park – 612 Bryanwood Parkway – Small Gazebo – Y – N
  23. Kirklevington Park – 396 Redding Road – Small Gazebo – Y – N
  24. Landsdowne-Merrick Park – 3190 Montavesta Road – Small Gazebo – N – Y
  25. Lou Johnson Park – 190 Prall St. – Small Rectangular – Y – Y
  26. Marlboro Park – 1870 Benton Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  27. Martin Luther King Park – 1625 McCullough Drive – Large Gazebo – Y – Y Nearby
  28. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y (All seven Mary Todd shelters more easily accessed off Kingston Road)
  29. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  30. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  31. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – Y
  32. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – N
  33. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – N
  34. Mary Todd Park – 525 Rodgers Road – Small Rectangular – N – N
  35. Masterson Station Park – 3051 Leestown Road – Small Gazebo – P – Y
  36. McConnell Springs Park – 416 Rebmann Lane – Large Rectangular – Y – N
  37. Meadowthorpe Park – 333 Larch Lane – Small Gazebo – Y – N
  38. Meadowbrook Park – 372 Harvard Lane – Small Square – P – N
  39. Mount Tabor Park – 550 Elk Lake Drive – Large Square – P – N
  40. Oakwood Park – 1050 Briarwood Drive – Large Rectangular – N – Y
  41. Pleasant Ridge Park – 1350 Pleasant Ridge Drive – Large Square – Y – N
  42. River Hill Park – 3800 Crosby Drive – Small Gazebo – Y – N
  43. Shillito Park – 300 W Reynolds Road – Large Rectangular – N – Y (Off Brunswick Road within the park. Other Shillito Park shelters are rental only.)
  44. Speigle Heights Park – 424 Speigle St. – Small Gazebo – P – Y Nearby
  45. Valley Park – 2077 Cambridge Drive – Large Rectangular – N – N
  46. Veterans Park – 650 Southpoint Drive – Large Rectangular – Y – N (Back of ballfield parking lot at the intersection of St. Elias & Veterans Park Road. Shelters near the restrooms adjacent to “The Hill” ballfield parking area are rental only.)
  47. Veterans Park (SE entrance)– 900 Rockbridge Road – Large Rectangular – Y – Y (Shelters near the restrooms adjacent to “The Hill” ballfield parking area are rental only.)
  48. Waverly Park – 4244 Southmoor Park – Small Gazebo – P – Y
  49. Wellington Park -  565 Wellington Way – Large Square – P – N
  50. Wildwood Park – 3434 Greenlawn Drive – Medium Rectangular – N – Y  
  51. Woodhill Park – 457 Larkwood Drive – Large Gazebo – N – Y
  52. Woodland Park – 601 E. High St. – Large Rectangular – Y – N 

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