How to rent shelters at Watkins and Cosca parks

Updated Jun 08, 2021

Together, Watkins and Cosca regional parks have over 20 shelters that you can rent for your next gathering. Go to How to rent an open shelter if you're interested in renting a shelter from a park other than Watkins and Cosca regional parks.

Log in to Parks Direct

  1. Go to www.pgparksdirect.com to begin scheduling your rental.
  2. Log in to your Parks Direct account.
    • First, Select Login on the upper-right corner of the Parks Direct home page. Then enter your Parks Direct username and password in the login pop-up window. Lastly, select the Login button below the Username and Password boxes.
  3. Select Browse then Watkins Park Picnic Shelters or Cosca Park Picnic Shelters
    • You’ll find Browse on the navigation bar at the top of Parks Direct's website and the picnic shelters' pages under the Park Permits section.

Select Login on the upper-right corner, enter your username and password, and then select the Login button on the pop-up window. See above.

Select Browse > Watkins Park Picnic Shelters or Cosca Park Picnic Shelters. See above.

Directly below this paragraph, select the collapsible section titled Watkins Park if you're renting a Watkins Park shelter. And if you're renting a Cosca Park shelter, select Cosca Park.

Watkins Park
  1. Move down the page until you see the Begin Date and End Date boxes.
  2. Enter the date you are renting a shelter in the Begin Date and End Date boxes. 
    • When you select a date box, a pop-up calendar appears. On the pop-up calendar, select the date you want to rent a shelter.
  3. Select Search below the date boxes.
  4. Choose your picnic shelter by selecting a numbered shelter on the park’s map. 
    • Available shelters have green circles, and unavailable shelters have red circles.
  5. Select Add To Cart on the yellow pop-up banner.  
  6. Select the checkbox next to the customer who's paying for the shelter. Then select Continue.

When searching for shelters or campsites, make sure the end date is the same or after the beginning date; otherwise, Parks Direct will show everything as unavailable.

Select the Search button after changing the dates.

Select the Begin Date and End Date box one at a time. After you select a box, choose the day you are renting a shelter on the pop-up calendar. Dates should be the same or sequential. See above.

Below the date boxes, select Search. See above.

On the Watkins Park map, select the available shelter that you want to rent. Then select Add To Cart on the yellow pop-up banner. See above.

Select the check box next to the customer who's paying for the shelter. Then select Continue. See above.

Picnic shelters' capacity varies from shelter to shelter.

You can select Display Option and change how picnic shelters are displayed.

Listing - Shows shelters in a list.

Detail - Shows shelters in a list.

Calendar - Shows the availability of shelters for the month you enter in the date boxes.

Graphical - Shows an overhead view of the shelters on a map.

Cosca Park
  1. Move down the page until you see the Begin Date and End Date boxes.
  2. Enter the date you are renting a shelter in the Begin Date and End Date boxes. 
    • When you select one of the date boxes, a pop-up calendar appears. On the pop-up calendar, select the date you want to make your rental.
  3. Select Search below the date boxes.
  4. Choose your picnic shelter by selecting a numbered shelter on the park’s map. 
    • Available shelters have green circles, and unavailable shelters have red circles.
  5. Select Add To Cart on the yellow pop-up banner.  
  6. Select the checkbox next to the Parks Direct customer who's paying for the shelter. Then select continue.

When searching for shelters or campsites, make sure the end date is the same or after the beginning date; otherwise, Parks Direct will show everything as unavailable.

Select the Search button after changing the dates.

Select the Begin Date and End Date box one at a time. After you select a box, choose the day you are renting a shelter on the pop-up calendar. Dates should be the same or sequential. See above.

Below the date boxes, select Search. See above.

On the Cosca Park map, select the available shelter that you want to rent. Then select Add To Cart on the yellow pop-up banner. See above.

Select the check box next to the customer who's paying for the shelter. Then select Continue. See above.

Picnic shelters' capacity varies from shelter to shelter.

You can select Display Option and change how picnic shelters are displayed.

Listing - Shows shelters in a list.

Detail - Shows shelters in a list.

Calendar - Shows the availability of shelters for the month you enter in the date boxes.

Graphical - Shows an overhead view of the shelters on a map.

Enter your rental information and review your purchase

  1. In the Reservation Purpose box, write the reason why you are renting the shelter. For example, you might rent a shelter for a birthday party, high school graduation party, or family reunion.
  2. Read the rental waiver, move down the page, and select the checkbox next to I agree with the above > Continue.
  3. In your shopping cart, review your rental purchase and select Proceed To Checkout.
  4. Move down the new page, review your charges summary and billing information, and select Continue.
  5. Enter your payment information. Then select Pay.   

After selecting Pay, do not use the back button on your browser.

Write the reason you're renting the shelter in the Reservation Purpose box. See above.

Select the checkbox next to I agree with the above > Continue. See above.

Review your cart, and then select Proceed To Checkout. See above.

Review your charges summary and billing information. Then select Continue. See above.

Enter your payment information, and then select Pay. See above.

After selecting Pay, do not use the back button on your browser.

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