Picnic shelters for the 2021 season can be reserved now!

Community buildings are not open until at least May 1, 2021 and are subject to be canceled due to Michigan gathering regulations. If reservations are canceled, we will give 2 weeks’ notice and a full refund.

Please note: Paid parking is in effect at Kruse Park, Margret Drake Elliot Park and the Channel. All reservations made at those locations will need to pay for parking.

Also note Campbell Park Pavilion does not have electricity at this time.

McGraft Community Building and Smith Ryerson Community Building reservations are open to reserve with the following restrictions.

Definition: “Renter” is the name of the person whose name is on the reservation.

  • The “Renter” is responsible to ensure the number of guests attending is in full compliance with the current ‘gathering’ restrictions imposed by the State of Michigan.
  • Events with more guests attending than allowed by said restrictions may be shut down.
  • Any fines, infractions, citations, lawsuits, etc.. related to a violation of current gathering restrictions are the responsibility of the “Renter”
  • The “Renter” understands that no refund will be issued for the reservation if it is shut down because of gathering size violations.

If a reservation has already been made and the “Renter” would like to cancel the reservation because of the restrictions, a full refund will be issued.  Please call 231-724-4100 to make the request.

Coronavirus – Gathering Prohibition and Face Covering Order (michigan.gov)

If you use the shelters, please be courteous and clean up after your gatherings. We appreciate your help and support during this time.

To make a Reservation or Check Availability of our Park Facilities please click here

Need help with reservations? Click here for instructions.

Reservations MUST be made at least 7 days in advance and can be made up to 1 year in advance.


You may change the date of your event, IF it is at least 4 days in advance and the $15.00 revision fee is paid in person at the Department of Public Works.

Picnic Shelter Reservations

(Weekend before Memorial Day through weekend after Labor Day)
Time blocks available: ALL DAY
9 AM to 3PM or 4 PM to 11 PM9 AM TO 11 PM
Campbell Field60$50$75
Kruse #1 (closest to playground)40$25$50
Kruse #240$25$50
Kruse #340$25$50
Kruse #4 (closest to bathrooms)200$30$75
Margaret Drake Elliot80$30$75
Smith Ryerson100$50$75
Margaret Drake Elliot Grouped Tables (uncovered)48$50$75
**Additional Processing Fees apply for reservations paid by credit/debit or electronic check.

Community Buildings

(Year round, except major holidays)
Time blocks available: ALL DAY
9 AM to 3PM or 4 PM to 10 PM11AM to 7PM9 AM TO 10 PM
McGraft Park Building100*$125.00*$175*$225.00
Smith Ryerson Community Building75*$125.00*$175*$225.00
*Community Buildings have a $50 refundable cleaning deposit
**Additional Processing Fees apply for reservations paid by credit/debit or electronic check.

The McGraft Park bandshell can also be rented for $45/hr.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age to rent any of our facilities.
  • Our facilities are handicapped accessible.
  • All shelters come with an attached grill and 110 electricity (Grouped tables have grill only).
  • There is NO ALCOHOL allowed in ANY of our city parks without a Special Use Permit
  • There is NO DIGGING or staking in the ground.
  • Please have your reservation form with you in case there are any questions regarding your rental.

Pets in Parks– For the enjoyment and safety of all, please keep the following rules in mind when enjoying the park with your pet. Pets are NOT allowed on the beaches, except for the designated dog beach area at Kruse Park located at the dead-end of Sherman Blvd. Dogs need to be leashed at all times and picked up after at all parks, beaches, and city facilities. The controller of the pet must have a “waste bag” on their person. Dogs considered “dangerous breeds” (pit bulls, etc) must comply with the City’s dangerous dog ordinance, found in Chapter 6 of the City’s Code of Ordinances. To view the Code of Ordinances please click on this link.

Special Events
A Special Event Application is required for any “Public” event held on City property or using City services. The application and fee must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event date.
For more information or complete an application visit our Special Events Page or call the Special Event coordinator at 231-724-6907.

Wedding Information https://www.muskegon-mi.gov/departments/parks/weddings-in-muskegon-parks/


The following parks are NOT operated by the City of Muskegon:

Heritage Landing– Please contact the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231.724.1105

Heritage Memorial Garden (W. Western Ave.)- Contact Pam Babbitt @ 231.206.3311 or 231.798.1756,

Olthoff Stage (3rd & Clay St.)- Contact Downtown Muskegon Now at 231.724.3180 – or visit their website at www.downtownmuskegon.org

Veterans Memorial Park (Causeway) – Contact Veterans Affairs at 231.724.7143

Petsafe Bark Park (downtown) – Contact Downtown Muskegon Now at 231.724.3180 or by email at info@downtownmuskegon.org

McLaughlin Community Park– Visit the McLaughlin Neighborhood Park or download a park reservation form from the McLaughlin Neighborhood Association Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MNAMuskegon

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