Group Picnic Shelter ~ Hovander Park

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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.


  • Stone Fireplace (firewood available)
  • 10 Picnic Tables
  • Two 3'x3' Grills (1 wood, 1 briquette)
  • Electric Stovetop
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Sinks with Running Water
  • Additional items available for a fee include: 
    • Volleyball Set
    • Stock Tubs for beverages (two 23 gallon tubs available)

Daily Rental Rates
Whatcom County Residents: $295
Non-Residents: $315
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

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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.

Hovander Group Picnic Shelter Interior
Hovander Group Picnic Shelter Grills
Hovander Group Picnic Shelter Stove Top
Hovander Group Picnic Shelter Sinks
Hovander Picnic Areas Map Detail
  1. Directions & Parking
  2. FAQ's

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.