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
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.
Can I bring my own BBQ grill?
Yes, you can bring your own grill but you are responsible for the safe operation of your grill.
Can I bring my dog(s)?
Yes, but dogs must remain on a 6' (maximum) leash at all times.
Can I bring my own pop-up canopy?
You may put up your own pop-up canopy as long as it is within the confines of your rented picnic area and you do not stake it into/damage the ground. If a canopy impedes park enjoyment for others or becomes a safety hazard due to high winds the ranger may request that you remove the canopy. You are responsible for any injury or damage caused by a tent/canopy blown away in the wind.
Can I decorate the facility?
All sites must be left in a "leave no trace" state. Users can use decorations, confetti, etc., but everything needs to be picked up before you leave.
Can I use a sound system?
Sound systems are allowed insofar as they do not inhibit park enjoyment for other users. Content must be appropriate for all ages. The ranger recommends that speakers face toward the river.
Do I still need a "Liquor License" if I've paid the $60 Alcohol Use Fee to Whatcom County Parks?
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.
Can I have a food truck?
You are allowed to have a food truck in the Group Picnic Shelter parking lot. The truck needs to be fully self-contained (not needing any electrical or other utility hookups) and the vendor must provide Whatcom County Parks with a certificate of insurance naming Whatcom County as an additional insured prior to the event.
Customers are required to leave the facility in the same condition as when they arrived. Cleaning supplies are provided. Garbage and recycling must be removed from the premises unless the customer has paid the optional waste disposal fee.
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