To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Governors Island’s 2020 public opening has been delayed. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

Reserve a Grill

Grill reservations on Governors Island for the 2020 public access season are currently closed and will reopen in early summer.

Now you can reserve a grill on Governors Island to host your next party, family reunion, get together, shower, birthday or any ole’ celebration! Reservations can be made while the Island is open to the public.

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance and are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. You plan the fun for your family, friends and guests and we will provide:

  • Reserved charcoal grill (2 feet in diameter) for the entire day. Visit our visitor info page for Island open hours. 
  • Reserved picnic tables at your selected grilling or gathering site – up to 2 tables
  • A wagon waiting for you at the ferry landing to transport your party supplies
Sample Programs that would require a Reserve a Grill permit:
  • Birthday parties
  • Baby or bridal showers
  • Picnics
  • Family reunions

Key Dates

Grill reservations on Governors Island are closed for the 2019 season and will reopen in early spring 2020.

Public Season Begins
Spring, 2020

Available Spaces

  • No vehicles
  • No alcohol
  • No overnight storage
  • Gatherings must adhere to all existing GI rules and regulations
  • Grilling is permitting in the grill area only. Grilling is NOT permitted elsewhere on Governors Island.

  • All applicants will be charged a $26 non-refundable application fee.
  • Applicants are responsible for bringing their own grilling supplies (including charcoal, lighter, etc).
  • Dates and locations are confirmed once the Grill Reservation Form has been successfully submitted.
  • Grills are reserved for the entire reservation date and groups are welcome to arrive anytime; we cannot permit early arrival to set-up or staying later for clean-up.
  • Groups are responsible for cleaning up food, drink and decorations at the end of the party. Garbage receptacles will be placed close to the picnic tables.
  • Portable toilets are available near all gathering sites.
  • A cleaning fee will be charged if the site is left untidy.


    Have more questions before applying? Read through these FAQs, or check out our Rules and Regulations.

    Personal vehicles are not permitted for any reason.

    Alcohol is only allowed in designated areas within the GI food court. 

    If you must cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least 48 hours before your reservation at reservations@govisland.orgFees are non-refundable.

    Permits are not required for small, informal gatherings that do not require reserved or private space, such as family reunions, picnics, or meet ups that take place when the Island is open to the public. Your group is welcome to come out to the Island during these days, pick a spot and enjoy all that the Island has to offer.