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Picnic Shelters/Reservations & Contracted Services
About Park Shelters
Looking for a beautiful backdrop for your next event? The Fox Valley Park District offers
Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the season beginning on the first weekday in February for groups of 25 or more. Shelters may be reserved from May 1 to Oct. 28, weather permitting. (Permission is not required for groups under 25, however, there is no guarantee that the restrooms will be open and that space and tables will be available.)
General Park Shelter Reservations are accepted at the following locations:
Cool Acres Shelter Reservations are accepted at the following locations:
Reservations must be made in person, and reservation dates may not be placed on hold unless authorized. A minimum of 7 days advance notice is required for all reservations.
Refundable Security Deposit
All reservations (excluding Cool Acres, which has a separate fee structure) require a
To assist with your reservation, patrons are asked to have their reservation contract present on the day of event to show a park official if requested.
If a reservation is made, the tables and the shelter area are reserved specifically for that party and the restrooms will be opened. The park and playground area will remain open to the public.
Alcohol is prohibited at any park or park shelter with the exception of Cool Acres (with special permit and insurance).
Available Park Shelters
Reservations are accepted for the following park shelters:
Cool Acres Reservations
Cool Acres – the District’s premiere shelter – is located along the beautiful Fox River on Route 25. This large structure with modern upgrades including a new shingled roof, skylights, siding and doors can accommodate up to 200 people with garage-like doors that can convert the party into an open-air celebration.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed at Cool Acres by groups securing a permit and paying the required fees. Please note that Cool Acres has a separate fee structure (see Schedule of Fees)
Cool Acres Shelter Reservations are accepted at the following location:
Cool Acres Fees
Residents wishing to use contracted services such as tents, portable restrooms, moon jumps, caricatures or face painters, dunk tanks, caterers or music at their event may upgrade their reservation by adding a registered vendor. The agreement must be completed at the Cole Center Administration Office, 101 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, 630-897-0516.
Vendors: To become a preferred vendor, read the instructions on our Additional Park Services page.