After nearly a year of halting services, city to begin issuing permits for picnic areas, bandshells and amphitheaters

In a sign of further reopening amid loosened COVID-19 restrictions, Long Beach on Monday, May 24, will begin issuing reservation permits for local amenities such as picnic groves, bandshells and amphitheaters.

The move comes as the city entered the “yellow tier” of the state’s reopening plan, which allows groups of fewer than 100 people to gather at outdoor park sites.

Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance of gatherings at picnic sites at El Dorado Park West, including Willow Grove; bandshells at Bixby and Recreation parks; the Cesar E. Chavez Park Amphitheater; and picnic groves at El Dorado Regional Park.

For reservations at El Dorado Park West, Bixby, Recreation and Cesar E. Chavez parks:

  • Visit in person at the PRM Reservations Office, located at 2670 N. Studebaker Road, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m (Appointments are needed to enter the PRM Reservations Office, and may be made online. The last appointment slot is at 4 p.m.)
  • Email forms and driver’s license to [email protected] or fax to 562-570-3113. An office representative will contact the customer to complete the application process and set up same day online payment for the customer once the permit is created and approved. If not paid by end of day, the permit will be canceled. For more information, people may call 562-570-3111.

For the El Dorado Regional Park picnic groves:

  • Visit in person at El Dorado Park Nature Center,’s Visitors Center, located at 7550 E. Spring St., Tuesday through Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications can be turned in at the same time and will be processed the following business day. A staff member will contact the patron to complete the application. For more information call 562-570-1750.

Details regarding permit applications, rules, fees and other information is available online by visiting and clicking “Facility Reservations Permits.”

This story has been updated to show opening date for registration is Monday, May 24.

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