Picnic &
Park Permits

Groups of 12 or more wishing to use park grounds, picnic in a park or rent a park pavilion are required to secure a permit prior to their visit. Designated group picnicking is available at:

Danny Cunniff Park
Larry Fink Memorial Park
Sunset Woods Park
The Preserve of Highland Park

Picnic permits are available April – November (residents may begin applying March 1) and are valid from dawn to dusk.

Application Process:

Park Restrictions on permitted number of guests is dependent on current DCEO Phase guidelines. Applications for park permits and park pavilion rentals must be done in-person at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West, at least 10 days prior to the picnic date to secure a permit.

Application hours:

Picnic Permit Fees (dawn to dusk)

12-50 individuals | $50/75
51-99 individuals I $60/100
100+ individuals I $85/140

An additional $50 damage deposit is required. Corporate and not-for-profit fees vary. Parking restrictions/limits, park district programs/events, and type of use are taken into consideration for permit approvals.

Park Pavilion Rentals

Looking for a covered space for your park event? Danny Cunniff Park and Sunset Woods Park feature covered open-air pavilions that are available for rental in addition to your paid park permit.

Portions of the Sunset Woods playgrounds are under renovation and will be closed during the spring with an anticipated opening sometime in June 2022.


Danny Cunniff Park | 2700 Trail Way
North Pavilion (up to 50 guests)

The open-air pavilion is near many of the park amenities including disk golf course and fishing pond. The Pavilion is not available weekdays while summer camps are in session.
Fee: additional $90/day (dawn to dusk)

Sunset Woods Park | 1801 Sunset Road
North Pavilion (up to 50 guests)

Offers a covered picnic area, wood deck with arbor, an outdoor grill, and restrooms all in a tranquil setting. The kitchen is not currently available for use nor is it available during Camp season.
Fee: additional $90/day (dawn to dusk)
Fee + Kitchen Use: additional $250/day (dawn to dusk)

Large Pavilion (up to 200 guests)
Located in the central section of Sunset Woods Park and is the largest open-air pavilion in the district. Situated near four playground areas, with four grills and restrooms nearby. Great for a large group.
Fee: additional full: $170/day or half: $90/day (dawn to dusk)

Small Pavilion (up to 100 guests)
Situated near four play areas, skate park, basketball court, two
ball fields, and restrooms.
Fee: additional $90/day (dawn to dusk)