This 30'x60' covered picnic area is surrounded by open fields and near the historic orchard. The capacity is 150 guests. Learn more about Hovander Homestead Park.
Hours change based on sunset time and are posted at the park entrance and at the parking lot.
Daily Rental Rates
Whatcom County Residents: $295
Non-Refundable Reservation Fee: $13
Optional Add-On Fees
Alcohol Use Fee: $60
Waste Removal Fee: $20
Additional 100 People (250 max total): $200
Sports Equipment: $10
Stock Tubs: $10/each
Facility includes two ADA parking stalls that provide barrier free access to the shelter via a concrete path. Distance from the parking stalls to the shelter is approximately 100 feet. An accessible concrete path provides access to an accessible restroom approximately 275 feet from the shelter.
5299 Nielsen Road
Ferndale, WA 98248
From I-5 (North or South)
Take I-5 Exit 262
Turn west onto Main Street, toward downtown Ferndale
Immediately after the railroad underpass make a sharp left onto Hovander Road
Turn right onto Nielsen Avenue and follow the signs to Hovander Park
The Group Picnic Shelter has a dedicated parking area for 50-75 cars on the grass to the north of the shelter. Overflow parking is in the main Hovander parking lot.
Decorations may not be attached to the walls or wood work and should not make holes or cause damage to any surface. Smoke machines, fog machines, hazers, and candles are not allowed. Rice, birdseed, and confetti of any kid are prohibited. All decorations must be removed and cleaned up completely prior to leaving the site.
Pet must be leashed (maximum 8 feet) at all times, including in campgrounds and reserved picnic areas. Whatcom County Parks has one designated and marked off-leash area at Hovander Homestead Park.
Pets are prohibited in the following parks and locations:
Click here for all regulations on pets.
If you have reserved a picnic area or shelter, you can bring your own grill but you are responsible for the safe operation of your grill. Grills are prohibited on decks, walkways, or within 25 feet of any structure.
Bounce Houses and inflatables are only allowed at Hovander Park, with reservation of a picnic area AND with prior approval, insurance, and fees. The following rules for inflatables apply:
Noise from sound systems, speakers, bands, microphones or any other amplified sound must be at a volume such that it cannot be heard outside the area you have reserved.
Food Trucks for private functions are only allowed only at Hovander Homestead Park with the following requirements:
Customers are required to leave the facility in the same condition as when they arrived. Cleaning supplies are provided for indoor facilities. Garbage and recycling must be removed from the premises (must be taken from the park) unless the customer has paid the optional waste disposal fee.
The Alcohol Use Fee charged by Whatcom County Parks is not a liquor license. To find out if you need a State of Washington Banquet Permit please check here. It is your responsibility to research and follow all laws pertaining to alcohol use at your event.
The billing address of the reservation holder must be in Whatcom County in order to receive in-county rates. If the credit card address is outside Whatcom County, but the customer is a County resident, they can:
You would need to apply for a Special Event Permit. Special Event Permits are required for any of the following situations: