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How to rent a shelter at Watkins and Cosca parks

Updated Sep 22, 2021

Together, Watkins and Cosca regional parks have over 20 shelters. Go to the article on how to rent an open shelter if you're interested in renting a shelter from a park other than Watkins and Cosca regional parks.

Go here for information on Parks and Recreation's rentals.

Sign in to PARKS DIRECT

1. Go to www.pgparksdirect.com and sign in to your PARKS DIRECT account.

  • Select SIGN IN on the upper-right corner of PARKS DIRECT's home page. Then enter your username and password in the boxes. Lastly, select the Login button below the Username and Password boxes.

Only residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties can rent these shelters.

2. 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.
Watkins Park Picnic Shelters (select here)
  1. Enter the date you are renting a shelter in the Begin Date and End Date filters.
    • 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.

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.

2. Select Search below the filters on the left.

3. 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.

4. Select Add To Cart on the pop-up banner.

Capacity varies shelter to shelter.

Above the calendar, you can select the Display Option box to change how shelters are displayed. If you choose Listing or Detail, you might need to change the date in the Begin Date box.

Listing - Lists shelters.

Detail - Lists shelters with the park’s address and the shelter’s maximum capacity.

Calendar - Shows the availability for the month you selected under the date.

Graphical - Shows a map of the park.

Complete your purchase

5. Check the checkbox next to the family member who's paying for the shelter. Then select Continue.

6. Enter why you're renting the shelter in the Reservation Purpose box. For example, you might rent a shelter for a birthday party, high school graduation party, or family reunion.  

7. Read the rental waiver, move down the page, and check the checkbox next to I agree with the above and select Continue.

8. In your shopping cart, review your rental purchase and select Proceed To Checkout.

9. Enter your customer and payment information, complete the captcha, and select Continue.

Cosca Park Picnic Shelters (select here)
  1. Enter the date you're renting a shelter in the Begin Date and End Date filters.
    • 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.

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.

2. Select Search below the filters on the left.

3. 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.

4. Select Add To Cart on the pop-up banner.

Capacity varies shelter to shelter.

Above the calendar, you can select the text next to Display Option box to change how shelters are displayed. If you choose Listing or Detail, you might need to change the date in the Begin Date box.

Listing - Shows shelters in a list.

Detail - Shows shelters in a list with the park’s address and the shelter’s maximum capacity.

Calendar - Shows the availability for the month you selected under the date.

Graphical - Shows a map of the park.

Complete your purchase

5. Check the checkbox next to the customer who's paying for the shelter. Then select Continue.

6. Enter why you're renting the shelter in the Reservation Purpose box. For example, you might rent a shelter for a birthday party, high school graduation party, or family reunion.  

7. Read the rental waiver, move down the page, and select the checkbox next to I agree with the above > Continue.

8. In your shopping cart, review your rental purchase and select Proceed To Checkout.

9. Enter your customer and payment information, complete the captcha, and select Continue.

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