Featured Venue Guidelines

At Three Rivers, we recognize that there is still a lot of uncertainty around events and gathering. Our team has worked hard to adjust our operations to meet the guidelines and recommendations laid out by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. The health and safety of our guests and staff remain our top priority.

Below are current guidelines on use of our Featured Venues. We will update this page as guidelines and recommendations change.

Rental Hours

All Three Rivers venues except Noerenberg Gardens can be reserved from 10 AM-10 PM.

Noerenberg Gardens can be reserved for ceremonies only and can be rented in shorter time frames. Our reservation staff can assist you in selecting a time frame.

Venue Capacity

Indoor Capacity

For all venues except Noerenberg Gardens, indoor capacity guidelines are: 

At this time, in accordance with the State of Minnesota Executive Order 20-99 (EO), activities are dialed back so facility rentals are not allowed from Friday, November 20, 2020, at 11:59 PM through Friday, December 18, 2020, at 11:59 PM. 

  • Maximum 25 guests for indoor events.
  • Tables are limited to 4 persons, or 6 persons if all are part of one family unit.
  • A seating arrangement must be provided to the Sales & Event Specialist two weeks prior to the event. 

Outdoor Ceremony Capacity

Venue Maximum Guests for Outdoor Ceremony
Elm Creek Chalet 60
Gale Woods Pavilion 138
Hyland Hills Chalet 250
Noerenberg Gardens 94
Silverwood Great Hall 88


  • Indoor ceremonies must be limited to 25 people or fewer.
  • Room flips are not available for indoor ceremonies.
  • Processionals and recessionals should be done in a manner that maintains at least 6 feet of distance between people from different households.
  • Practices during planned services, weddings and funerals should be adapted to avoid physical contact or passing objects between individuals (e.g. greetings, collection baskets, sharing of ceremonial objects).
  • Layout and flow must allow 6 feet of distance between households at all times.
  • Outdoor lawn chairs must be spaced appropriately. Rentals are available at Elm Creek Chalet and Gale Woods Farm Pavilion. For other venues, outside companies must be used for chair rentals.

Guest Behavior

  • Guests should refrain from attending an event if they are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Guests should keep 6 feet between themselves and others at all times.
  • Event attendees are required to wear face coverings indoors.

Indoor Face Covering Mandate

  • Event attendees are required to wear face coverings indoors.
  • All Three Rivers staff, preferred caterers and vendors working at events are required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • A face covering may be temporarily removed in certain situations as long as 6-foot physical distancing is maintained:
    • To enable eating and/or drinking when attendees are seated and 6 feet apart from members of other households. Face coverings must be put back on when not eating or drinking.
    • When addressing or presenting to all event attendees.


  • Everyone must wear face coverings while dancing.
  • Consider limiting dancing to ceremonial dances with designated participants according to your traditions and culture.
  • A dance floor will not be installed in any venue.
  • People from different households must maintain social distance while dancing.
  • Encourage socially distanced line dancing or other forward-facing dances that allow for 6-foot social distancing.

Food & Bar Service

Food Service 

  • Food must be prepared and served by a Three Rivers Park District Preferred Caterer in accordance with applicable rules and regulations guiding the specific event.
  • Compostable products are preferred by caterers.
  • Caterers should use wrapped silverware and should not preset tables.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at Noerenberg Gardens

Bar Service

  • Bar service must have contactless payment or hosted bar service.
  • Compostable glassware must be used at the bar.
  • A fresh glass or cup will be used for every refill, and Three Rivers staff will remove used glasses from the table frequently.
  • Last call for bar service will be 9 PM.


  • Bands and DJs are allowed but must maintain social distancing.
  • We encourage using the DJ's equipment for any speeches or ceremonies.
  • Lawn games, toys or shared activities are not permitted.