Facilities & Event Rentals


FACILITIES AND EVENT RENTALS

We invite you to learn about following facilities/event venues for which we accept reservations. Please visit our online rental guide for information about rental facilities.  
♦  Clock Tower  ♦  Benicia Community Center  ♦  Senior Center  ♦  City Gym   
♦  Gazebo at City Park  ♦  Marina Green  ♦  Marina Pavilion 

General rules that apply to all event venues

    • Reservations must be done in person at the Parks and Community Services Department, 370 East L Street. No reservations can be taken by phone. 
    • Applicants must be 21 years of age with valid identification. 
    • Residents may not reserve facilities for non-residents.
    • If the event is for a person under the age of 21 (i.e. birthday party, sweet 16, quinceanera, graduation party, etc), alcohol is not permitted at the event.
    • A deposit or the full fees are due at the time of reservation, depending on the facility.
    • INSURANCE: Event insurance may be purchased at our office. The cost of insurance varies depending on the type of event, the number of attendees, the end time of the rental, and whether or not alcohol will be present. If you plan to provide your own insurance, please see our Insurance and Endorsement requirements.

 

CLOCK TOWER

The historic Clock Tower is located at 1189 Washington Street in Benicia, near the entrance to the port of Benicia.

Constructed in 1859 of native Benicia sandstone, the Clock Tower was designed as a U.S. military arsenal. Originally built as a three story building, it provided the occupants with a view of Suisun, San Pablo, and San Francisco Bays. A fire and explosion in 1912 reduced this facility to the two story structure that exists today.

In 1964 the Clock Tower became the property of the City of Benicia and has since served as a multiple use facility for weddings, fundraisers, private parties, receptions, and community functions. The Clock Tower is Benicia’s largest facility with a maximum standing capacity of 601 people and a seating capacity of 536 people. The second floor event space may be reached by two sets of stairs or an elevator located at the center of the building. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE IMAGE GALLERY OF CLOCK TOWER FACILITY 
(includes examples of decorating from past rentals, as well as general pics of event space)

The Clock Tower is our largest indoor facility and is great for weddings, receptions, parties, and meetings of all sorts.

We host an open viewing each Tuesday from 5pm-7pm for those interested in exploring the building prior to rental.  We recommend that you attend an open viewing if you would like to decide if the facility is right for you; decide where to set up tables and chairs; determine where to hang decorations; and/or show your party planner, caterer, photographer, or other vendors the facility before your event.

  • Contact the Parks & Community Services office at 746-4285 to check available dates.  You may also contact Lindsay Zarcone at 707-746-4771 if you can any questions about Clock Tower policies and existing rentals.
  • Insurance and security are required for every rental at the Clock Tower.
  • Alcohol is not permitted at events that are to celebrate a person or event focused on youth or anyone under the age of 21 years.
  • Reservations can be made 12 months in advance, to the date.  Benicia non-profits may reserve 13 months in advance.
  • For a full listing of policies, please see the Clock Tower Facility Use Guidelines and Policies document below

CLEANING SERVICE OPTION - We offer the you the option to allow us to coordinate the cleaning of the facility after your rental. See the information in the links below about the cleaning options for the Clock Tower.

For information about rental prices, deposits, services provided, and available rental times, please click on the link to the brochure below: 

  

COMMUNITY CENTER

Formerly "Mills Elementary School," the Community Center is now home to the Parks and Community Services Department offices and is used for a variety of daily activities and classes.  The facility has meeting rooms, classrooms, and a large multi-purpose room that may be reserved for meetings, seminars, and private parties.  The smaller rooms have a seating capacity of 20 people and the multi-purpose room can seat up to 120 people.

NOTE: this facility does not permit alcohol. Insurance is required. 

For availability, please contact us at 707-746-4285.

CLICK HERE TO SEE IMAGE GALLERY OF COMMUNITY CENTER

Benicia Community Center use guidelines

 

SENIOR CENTER

A great place for a small private event.  Maximum capacity in the large room is 120. The small rooms holds 69 people.  The rooms are divided by French doors.  Both rooms are included in the price of the rental.  Insurance is required for all Senior Center rentals. The Senior Center can be reserved up to 3 months in advance.

For availability, please contact our office at 707-746-4285. 

Rental information for Senior Center

Programs at the Senior Center

 

CITY GYM

  • Contact the Parks & Community Services office at 746-4285 to check available dates.  You may also contact Dominguez Dickerson at 707-746-4283 if you can any questions about City Gym policies and existing rentals.
  • Rentals are for sport related activities and require 14 days advance notice. Rentals can be made 3 months (to the day) in advance and may require a security deposit. Benicia non-profits may reserve 4 months in advance.
  • Tables and chairs, as well as food and drink, are not allowed inside the gym.
  • The gym cannot be reserved by a renter/organization that is collecting/charging fees for attendance or participation in activities or events.
  • There is a 2 hour minimum and 4 hour maximum rental time for the facility.
  • Any outside equipment that will be used for any rental requires advanced City approval. Bounce houses are not allowed in the gym.
  • For a full listing of policies, please see the City Gym Reservation Packet document below.

City Gym Reservation Information

Calendar of programs at the City Gym

 

 

GAZEBO at City Park

Rental of the facility is limited to the Gazebo and the concrete section an immediate surrounding area.  This is recommended for groups of 75 or less.  Electrical access is available upon request. Insurance is required. For availability, please contact us at 707-746-4285.
More information about City Park

 

MARINA PAVILION ♦ MARINA GREEN

Areas can be reserved separately or together.  The facilities are located at the marina, adjacent to the Benicia Yacht Club and homes.  Electrical access is available upon request. Insurance is required.  For availability, please contact us at 707-746-4285.