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Can I reserve a shelter or tent and is there a charge?
Yes. Spencer Park and Bloomer Park have shelters (available weekends from May - October) and tents (available weekends from Memorial Day - Labor Day) for residents and non-residents. You must call the Parks and Forestry Department for available rental dates at 248.656.4673 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Shelter Reservations webpage for shelter descriptions, along with rules and regulations. Restrooms located in shelters are open to everyone in the parks. You must be at least 18 years old to rent a shelter or tent and sign the Shelter / Tent Reservation and Waiver of Liability Form. See Park Fees for prices. There is no discounted fee for partial-day rentals.


Full payment along with the signed Shelter / Tent Reservation and Waiver of Liability Form is required within two weeks after confirming your reservation date. Visit the Shelter Reservations webpage for all applicable forms and fees.Shelter Reservations

Parks Shelter Reservations

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1. Can I reserve a shelter or tent and is there a charge?
2. Does the shelter or tent rental fee include the vehicle entry fee to the park?
3. Can I reserve a shelter or tent on a weekday?
4. Can I bring my own tent or canopy to the parks?
5. Can I bring my own charcoal or propane grill and lawn chairs to the parks?
6. Is there electricity available in the shelters?
7. Can I arrange to have my event catered or have food delivered at the shelter or tent I am renting?
8. Can I decorate the shelter for my event?
9. Can I bring in an inflatable bouncer, slip-n-slide, dunk tank, etc. or entertainer (clown, magician, etc.) for my event?
10. Can I bring in a disc jockey, a live band or a karaoke machine for my event?
11. Can I have beer, wine, or liquor at my event?
12. Can I bring my pet to the parks?
13. Can I bring a flotation device to Carter Lake at Spencer Park?
14. Can I drive to the shelter or tent to unload items for my event?
15. Can I host a 5k run, walk, or bike event at the parks?
16. Can I pre-pay the vehicle entry fees for my guests to enter the park for my event?
17. What is the cancelation policy for reservation payments?
18. If not rented, are shelters / tents available at no cost on a first-come, first served basis?
19. Can I reserve the pavilion in downtown Rochester?

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