Fern Cottage

Notice
COVID-19 Park Closures & Parking Restrictions to Limit Overcrowding, Address Public & Staff Safety 
The COVID-19 health emergency remains a serious and evolving situation. The Park District has announced park area closures to limit overcrowding and public safety. All Visitor Centers, rental facilities and buildings - including bathrooms and water fountains - are CLOSED. Programs and events are canceled. More details...


Facilities Notice
Our indoor rental facilities (Brazilian Room, Temescal Beach House, Fern Cottage, and MLK Shoreline Center) are currently CLOSED to the public based on state and local public health mandates.
All Open Houses at the Brazilian Room and Temescal Beach House have been temporarily canceled until further notice.
In-person visits and new reservations are also on pause at this time. If you have further questions about renting our facilities, or would like to be notified when scheduled visits and new reservations are being accepted again, please email our Rental Facilities Office at brazil@ebparks.org. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and look forward to working with you when it is determined our facilities can safely host events again. Please check back for updates!

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The Fern Cottage (Building) is located in Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area , on San Pablo Dam Road

Address
6531 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803

Brazilian Room
Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley 

Shoreline Center 
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland 

Temescal Beach House 
Temescal Regional Recreation Area, Oakland 

Facility Availability Search 
View live information about availability for our indoor facilities on WebReg 

Catering
Get a list of Approved Caterers

Wedding Vendors
Get a list of Wedding Vendors 

Documents & Forms 
A list of documents, forms, Rules and Use Agreement for download 

FAQ 
Frequently Asked Questions 

Contact Us
Contact us for information, reservation, questions, or send us a comment

ADA accessibility iconAbout the Facility

Location

Features

  • Cottage Size: 1000 sq. feet
  • Seating Capacity: 60
  • Standing Capacity: 130
  • Backyard with Covered Deck: 50' x 40'
  • Front Deck: 16' x 20'
  • Wolf Range: 6 burner, single oven
  • Tables: (13) 6', (2) 8', (10) 5' round
  • Chairs: 20 (outdoor use) white plastic, 90 (indoor/deck use) almond stacking chairs with chrome legs
  • Ice tub for outdoor use
  • Refrigerator with freezer
  • 100 pound ice bucket

Amenities

Audio Visual System
Wireless (Wi-Fi)

General Facility Information

For general information about the Fern Cottage call the Facility Office at (510) 544-3164. or the Reservations Department at 1-(888)-327-2757, option 2 (8:30am-4:00pm PST, M-F)This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Open House

Viewings are also available by appointment. Please contact Facility Operations Office at (510) 544-3164.

Rental Fees

Download: 2020 Rental Fees Document [PDF] | 2021 Rental Fees Document [PDF]

Catering

You may hire a caterer from the Approved list or choose the non-catered option. If you choose the non-catered option you may not use an outside caterer or have any hired staff. Your unpaid volunteers will be required to attend an orientation. You will pay an additional fee for the ability to use the non-catered option. Events that end after 7pm, must be fully catered.

View Approved Caterers | View Wedding Vendors ]

Reservations

Reservations for the Fern Cottage can be made beginning the first Monday in January for the next calendar year. All reservations at Fern Cottage require an initial payment to secure the date. This initial payment will be applied towards the total balance owed. For all time blocks, a $100 initial payment is due at the time of reservation. If a reservation is cancelled more than 180 days in advance, $50 of the initial $100 is refundable. Full payment is due 180 days before event date. For reservations made under 180 days, full payment is due at the time of booking. Please review the fee sheet or speak to a Reservations Agent for the cancellation policy once full payment is made.

Facility Reservations and Availability Information

To search for available dates, you can use the online Facility Search. Under “Facility Type”, click the “Indoor Facility” check box to filter the results. 

You may also call the Reservations Department at 1-(888)-327-2757, option 2 (8:30am-4:00pm PST, M-F) and a Reservations Agent will be able to assist you.

Driving Directions

The Fern Cottage (Building) is located in Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, on 6531 San Pablo Dam Road

  • From Highway 80:
    • Take San Pablo Dam Road exit
    • Turn south on San Pablo Dam Road
    • Proceed about one-quarter mile south of Castro Ranch Road, through El Sobrante to the Kennedy Grove entrance (on the left)
  • From Highway 24:
    • Take the Orinda exit
    • Turn north on Camino Pablo, which becomes San Pablo Dam Road
    • Drive past the San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area entrance
    • Drive about one mile to the Kennedy Grove park entrance (on the right).

Parking

There is a charge of $5.00 per car on weekends and holidays, April through October (fees subject to change).

Fern Cottage Map

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