John Ball Zoo

Picnics And Park Reservations

Please review the different picnic areas below.  After you have decided on the space that you want to reserve, you can go to our webstore to check available dates and reserve.  Take me to the webstore

Or if you wish, please inquire about availability at parkrentals@jbzoo.org. or call 616-336-4301 Ext 4003

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Picnic Acre (permit and approval required) (view map)

• 50 picnic tables available 
• Large shade trees along edge of large open space available for event use 
• Playground, restrooms building, and basketball court are nearby 
• Accessible via paved pathway to Kent Trails 
• Electricity included in reservation fee 
• Potable water available 
• Use of Picnic Acre requires a Park Permit application and approval prior to reserving this site. Please email parkrentals@jbzoo.org or call 616-336-4301 ex. 4003 for application.
• Rental Fee: Monday – Thursday: $450.00; Friday – Sunday: $600.00

Fulton View (view map)

• Picnic area is shaded by mature park trees 
• Located near the open brick shelter, overlooking the duck pond 
• Area seats 128 people (16 picnic tables) 
• Two charcoal grills available for use
• Parking, restrooms, and the Zoo entrance are all within walking distance 
• There is NO electricity available at this site 
• Rental Fee: $125

Hilltop Pavilion (view map)

• Open-sided stone pavilion seats 120 people (15 picnic tables) 
• Overlooks John Ball Park 
• Access is on the park's south side off Butterworth Avenue just opposite the Kent Trails Bike Path 
• Electricity included in reservation fee 
• Drinking fountain with potable water available 
• Single charcoal grill available for use 
• Restrooms and playground are all within walking distance 
• Located at the top of John Ball Zoological Garden. 
• Fees: Monday - Thursday....$330.00 Friday - Sunday....$450.00

Pond Pavilion (view map)

• Open brick shelter house overlooks a charming duck pond, home to a variety of waterfowl 
• Pavilion seats 96 people (12 picnic tables) 
• Electricity included in reservation fee 
• Potable water available 
• Restrooms located inside pavilion 
• Parking and the Zoo entrance are all within walking distance 
• Rental Fee: Monday – Thursday: $330.00; Friday – Sunday: $450.00

The Grove (view map)

• Shady area seats 96 people (12 picnic tables) 
• Located just east of the LV Eberhard Zoo Administration Building 
• Two charcoal grills available for use 
• Parking, restrooms, and the Zoo entrance are all within walking distance 
• There is NO electricity available at this site 
• Rental Fees: $125

Valley View West (view map)

• Picnic area is shaded by mature park trees, and is adjacent to a large playground 
• Area seats 80 people (10 picnic tables) 
• Located between south parking lot and Valley St 
• Single charcoal grill available for use 
• Parking, restrooms, and the Zoo entrance are all within walking distance 
• There is NO electricity available at this site 
• Rental Fee: $125 

Valley View East (view map)

• Picnic area is shaded by mature park trees, and is adjacent to a large playground 
• Area seats 80 people (10 picnic tables) 
• Located between south parking lot and Valley St 
• Single charcoal grill available for use 
• Parking, restrooms, and the Zoo entrance are all within walking distance 
• There is NO electricity available at this site 
• Rental Fee: $125

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