The Parks and Recreation Department maintains 20 pavilions and open air shelters at various locations throughout the city parks that can be rented. Pavilions may be reserved for your special occasion or event from May 1st through October 31st. Some pavilions are available year-round. Pavilions may be reserved up to 12 months in advance. They vary in seating capacity and amenities. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. 

A copy of the  Pavilion Brochure (legal size copy) is available for download. The brochure lists all of the pavilions and their amenities.

Check out the Pavilion Rental Contract for additional guidelines and information. Before you rent a pavilion, read the Refund Policy too. 

Within seven days of your rental you will be required to complete a COVID waiver form.  This form will be emailed to you.  If you would like to preview the form please click here.   


Hanna Homestead Shelter

A list of shelters that are not reserved and are available on a first come/first served basis include: Bowser, Buckner, Gren, Hamilton, Hanna Homestead, Kreager, Lafayette, Lawton, Moody, Packard, Psi Ote, McCormick, and Weisser park shelters.

Headwaters Park has a pavilion available for rental on the west side of the park. The pavilion has electricity, a small kitchen area and restrooms. For information on the rental rates of the festival plaza or for the pavilion, please call 425-5745.

Park Pavilions Available for Rental

Page down to see park pavilions for rent including:

Foster #1 , Foster #2, Franke #1, Franke #2, Franke Pond Pavilion, Kettler,Lakeside #1, Lakeside #2,Lions, McCormick, McMillen, Memorial, Psi Ote Lower, Psi Ote Upper, Rockhill, Sears, Shoaff-Conklin, Shoaff-Riverlodge, Swinney and Waynedale.

A list of other rental facilities, (not pavilions), is available.

How to Reserve a Pavilion

You can now reserve a pavilion on-line. Or, if you prefer, you may come into our office at 705 East State Boulevard.  Questions?  Please call 260-427-6000.


Thanks from Dana.
The pavilion was perfect for our company picnic-very clean!  Thank you. J.O. Mory Inc.
We hope we left things in good condition.  We loved being there. Marie H.
Love going there every year. Gloria K.
Staff made our use of the pavilion easy-especially the man who supplied the key on a Saturday.  Thanks so much! T. Glasgow
Everything was just great.  Thank you.  Jim B.
My grandparents had 18 children.  With children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren it was too much to have a reunion at one person's home.  So Shoaff Park Riverlodge Pavilion has become our "home away from home" since at least 1964.  We continue the traditions of our Thanksgiving get-togethers to this day.  Thank you so much for maintaining the Riverlodge! It always looks great.  The Fusselman Families
Thank you we all had a good time.  Barbara N.
Excellent service.  And we will use you again.  And the Pavilion was nice. Mike and Betty C.
I plan on doing this again next year.  I was very pleased.  Richard M.
We were amazed at the cleanliness.  Such a great place.  Thank you.  B. M. Robrock

Location: Franklin School Park, 1903 St. Marys Avenue

     Pavilion with sidewalks in front 

  • Capacity: 144
  • Summer Fees: April 15-October 31 $148 (Monday-Thursday), $203 (Friday-Sunday)
  • Winter Fees: November 1-April 14 $225
    Park Pavilion Layout Drawing


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  • Eighteen 8' rectangular tables with 144 chairs
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Electrical outlets: 11 in main room, 12 in kitchen
  • Kitchen with range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, sink with hot water
  • Private restroom inside
  • Six large glass overhead doors turns this into an open pavilion

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Enclosed heated and air conditioned pavilion overlooking Franklin Park with:
  • A splashpad and walking trails. 

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Location: Foster Park, 3900 Old Mill Road

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  • Capacity: 336
  • Dates Available: May1-October 31
  • Fee: $116 (Mon-Thurs); $148(Fri-Sun, Holidays)


Park Pavilion Layout Drawing


Open seasonal pavilion with:

  • Twenty four 12' and four 6' picnic tables
  • Attached enclosed kitchen (newly renovated) with refrigerator, sink, hot water, range/oven, microwave and large serving window
  • Six electrical outlets
  • Short distance to playground, tennis courts, golf course, and volleyball.
  • Short distance to community restrooms


The Foster Bridal Glen is also available for rental.

It is the choice of many brides, with its strategically placed arches, trellises and gazebo all nestled among the colorful floral displays in Foster Garden. The Bridal Glen may be reserved in 2-hour increments beginning as early as 8:00 am and up to a year in advance.

The fee is $50.

Reserve the Bridal Glen now.

Location: Foster Park, 3900 Old Mill Road

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  • Capacity: 128
  • Dates Available: May 1-October 31
  • Fee: $48 (Mon-Thurs); $61 (Fri-Sun, Holidays)


Park Pavilion Layout Drawing

Open seasonal pavilion with:
  • Eight 12' picnic tables
  • 4 electrical outlets (110 volt)
  • Next to playground, tennis courts, golf course, and volleyball
  • Next to community restrooms

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  • Capacity: 70
  • Dates Available: Summer: May 1-October 31; Winter: November 1-April 30
  • November-December hours for rental are 9 am -5 pm
  • Fee: Summer: $120 (Mon-Thurs); $155 (Fri-Sun, Holidays)
  • Winter: $174
  • Park Pavilion Layout Drawing


YouTube video featured above of Franke Pond Pavilion 360 

Enclosed heated and air conditioned pavilion overlooking Shoaff Lake with:
  • Ceiling fans and wood burning Fireplace (wood not provided)
  • Seven 8' tables and one 6' table with chairs
  • 17 electrical outlets
  • Private restrooms inside
  • Near Foellinger Theatre and trails
  • Open kitchen with range/oven,refrigerator,55 cup coffee maker,microwave and two bay sink with hotwater

Franke Park also houses the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.


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