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Our parks are public parks so no keys are needed to open doors into the shelters or for the restrooms. Keys may be checked out for the kitchens at the Ahuska Park Shelter and Fireman’s Park Shelter. Renters are responsible for picking up the keys, when needed, at the Parks & Recreation Office before your event (Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm) and must be returned promptly afterwards.
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Ahuska Park Shelter – 400 East Broadway
Fireman’s Park Shelter – 4800 Winnequah Road (corner of Winnequah Rd. & Progressive Ave.)
Oneida Park Shelter – 1305 Neponset Trail (corner of Neponset Tr. & Tecumseh Ave.)
Schaefer Shelter – 1011 Nichols Road (north of the Monona Community Center)
Winnequah Dream Park Shelter – 5301 Healy Lane
Winnequah Park Gazebo – 1012 Nichols Road (across from the swimming pool)
Schluter Park Gazebo - 4511 Winnequah Road (across from Monona Bait & Ice Cream)
All Monona City parks are open from sunrise to 10:00pm
Monona Parks and Recreation begins accepting shelter reservations on the first working day of January for Monona residents, and the first working day of February for non-residents.
Yes! This can be done a few ways:
Call (222-4167) or come in person to the Monona Community Center during business hours (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm)
Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
View availability online HERE
No. Unfortunately, due to staffing constraints we can only clean a shelter once a day. Because of this we limit shelters to one reservation per day.
No, all shelter reservations must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
Reservations for a shelter may be made 3 ways:
By calling the Monona Parks & Recreation Department at 222-4167
In person at the Monona Community Center, 1011 Nichols Road
Online by clicking HERE
If there are issues on the day of your rental, please call Monona Police at 222-0463. Please bring your copy of the Permit with you to the park to verify your reservation.
Your shelter reservation gives you exclusive use of the shelter building ONLY. You and your guests are welcome to use the area around the facility, but there may be other park users on site as well. Exclusive use of the ball diamonds, tennis courts, and playground equipment is NOT included with a shelter reservation.
Please refrain from moving the tables under the shelters any more than necessary. If you do move them, please replace them when your event is finished. If you need more tables than the number normally at the shelter, you can rent additional tables by calling the Parks & Rec office at least one week prior to your event.
Alcohol consumption is allowed in the parks, but please note the following:
Glass containers should not be taken into the parks.
The shelter renter is responsible for all alcohol-related issues that arise from the event.
Minors MAY NOT be served at any time.
No money can change hands in exchange for alcoholic beverages. If alcohol is sold in city parks, an alcoholic beverage license is required.
You are allowed to bring portable grills into the parks, however you must make certain that they and their contents are completely removed at the conclusion of your event. Please do not dump charcoal on the ground! Campfires are not allowed in the park.
The use of amplified sound devices is only allowed between the hours of 10:00am to 8:00pm when an Amplified Sound Permit has been obtained. This permit needs to be approved two weeks prior to the event. Contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. to obtain this $50 permit.
Any structure such as tents, trailers, dunk tanks, inflatable play equipment, personal & promotional equipment, and other structures must have a Temporary Structure Permit. This permit needs to be approved two weeks prior to the event. Contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. to obtain this $75 permit.
Please gather all of the trash and recyclables from your event and dispose them in the trash containers provided at each location. There are extra garbage bags in the bottom of the trash/recycling bins if you need them during your event.
Please park only in the designated parking lot and on streets surrounding the parks. Do not park on the grassy areas. No vehicles are allowed on park property at any time. Loading & unloading of a vehicle must be from the parking lot or street only.
A Kitchen Cleaning Check-list will be located in the kitchen and needs to be satisfactorily completed.
Patrons are allowed to decorate, although we do ask that you completely clean up the area before leaving. Please note that water balloons, glitter, and confetti are not allowed at park shelters.