City of Saint Paul residents and businesses can ensure they reserve their favorite Saint Paul park next year by applying for park picnic permits beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The Parks Permit Office will open at 6 a.m. with lottery numbers issued from 6 to 6:30 a.m. (numbers cannot be transferred to other customers) and permits will begin to be issued at 6:31 a.m. Customers arriving after 6:30 a.m. will be issued permits on a first-come, first-served basis and will be issued permits after all the lottery customers have been served. Only one reservation may be made per day by an individual, group, or organization, and no phone reservations will be accepted until January 3.
Verification of a Saint Paul address will be required to obtain a lottery ticket and to make a reservation. Customers applying for a private event will be required to show a valid driver's license for proof of Saint Paul residency. For business reservations, documentation such as letterhead, stationery or business card must be provided prior to a lottery ticket being issued. Oranizations with tax exempt status, must bring verfication of a completed Minnesota ST3 form indicating exempt status from paying state tax. This is an annual requirement and there are no exceptions.
To be eligible for the permit lottery on Jan. 2, residents or businesses must arrive in person at the Park Permit Office, 1100 North Hamline Ave. On Jan. 3, permit applications will also be accepted from residents and businesses of Saint Paul via phone, 651-632-5111 (TTY: 651-266-6378) with credit card payment only (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa). Park Permit Office hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Non-residents may apply for permits beginning Feb. 1, 2013.