If you're looking for a comfortable outdoor facility to host a work picnic, family function or community potluck, a park pavilion makes a great choice. Rental fees are typically affordable, the scenery is amazing and your party is protected from the weather. South Park, Pennsylvania fits this description perfectly.
South Park is a sprawling 2,013-acre county park a short drive south of Pittsburgh that is loaded with amenities. In addition to hiking trails, playgrounds, in-line skating trails and volleyball courts, the park features a golf course, BMX track, tennis courts, nature center, wave pool and an off-leash area for your dog. There is also a wide range of activities to enjoy including concerts in the amphitheatre, BMX races, children's theatre, naturalist programs and golf tournaments.
You will have no shortage of pavilions to choose from; South Park has more than 60 "groves" including six that are handicapped accessible. "East Rise" is the only grove greater than 2,000-square-feet; the others are between 224- and 900-square feet -- roughly accommodating four to nine picnic tables. Many, like "Montour" and "Vista," are near playgrounds. While all of the groves are scenic and provide protection from sun and rain, several have special features. "Stone Manse" is a charming stone building tucked into the hillside, "Parcell" has an outdoor hearth and "Monroe" features four tables encircling a stone fireplace.
Groves are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis with a generous reservation window; you can reserve your pavilion up to one year in advance. The only catch is that all reservations have to be made in person at the park administration office; as of 2011, they don't accept any email or phone reservations. "East Rise" rents for $45 -- all other groves in the park are $30 for a day. Non-profits receive a 50 percent fee reduction. You can get an alcohol permit for a $50 fee, providing you purchase it at least seven days in advance.
Once your reservation is made and paid for, don't expect any refunds, even if the weather is bad on your scheduled rental day. You are, however, allowed up to two changes in the date of your rental, if you request them no later than one week before your scheduled day, provided the facility is available. By signing the rental contract with the park, you agree to be responsible for any damages that occur to the facility during your stay.
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