GGP - Pioneer East Meadow Picnic Area


Recent incidents suggest that a coyote in this area is protecting its den. Coyotes may become more assertive during pup rearing season (April – August) towards humans and other animals.


KEEP DOGS OUT OF THIS AREA.  Dogs, whether on a leash or not, may be perceived as a threat – especially during pup rearing season. Failure to adhere to this warning is a violation of Park Code Section 5.08 (Disturbing Wildlife). 


Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep the park safe for people, pets and wildlife. For animal emergencies, contact Animal Care & Control (415) 554-9400.

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Note Regarding Inflatables At This Site:  Due to road closures in the park, many streets surrounding this site are barricaded, and vehicles are NOT allowed on those streets, not even to unload or load equipment. Any inflatables must be hand-carted into the site.

Park Picnic Area Information

Just across the plane tree-shaded walkway from the Pioneer Log Cabin picnic site, the shallow grassy bowl of Pioneer East opens up. Underneath the wide skies of this pretty central pocket of the park, Pioneer East offers your party plenty of room to play!


569 John F. Kennedy (JFK) Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Pioneer East Meadow is on the south side of JFK Drive, just east of the start of Stow Lake Drive. Its western edge is the walkway near the Pioneer Log Cabin lawn. There is no sign marking the Pioneer East Meadow. On Saturdays (April to September) and Sundays (year-round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive.

Picnic & Party Features

  • Bring your own blanket or chairs - 3 tables are provided at Pioneer East Meadow and you are welcome to bring your own small gas grill.
  • Restrooms are located directly across the street at the 14th Avenue East picnic site or at Stow Lake.
  • Cheers! Beer and wine are welcome at Pioneer East Meadow, but kegs and liquor are not. Remember: carrying open alcoholic beverages outside the picnic area is never permitted.
  • Jump! Inflatable play structures are welcome (additional permit required). No electricity is provided. Inflatable must be hand-carted into the location due to road closures in surrounding areas.   
  • Pioneer East Meadow offers a large grassy area, so spread out and play some games! There is space for lawn games, volleyball, or a small kickball game.

Reservable Picnic Areas

Yes; 3 8-foot tables reservable from 9a.m. to 6 p.m.


Street - limited availability

Additional Park Picnic Area Information

  • Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
  • BBQ Allowed: Not Provided - Bring Your Own Gas Grill
  • Jumpers Allowed: Yes - Additional Permit Required  Inflatable must be hand-carted into the location due to road closures in surrounding areas.   
  • Restrooms: Yes - Closest at 14th Avenue Meadow


View the Picnic Area Map page to see a map of the area.

Reservation Fees & Details

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