Park grills are a common amenity to the outdoor recreational experience. Found in local, state, and national parks across the country, these grills provide a way for people to come together and enjoy delicious grilled foods while spending time outdoors. They are typically made of heavy-duty cast iron or steel materials to withstand high temperatures and frequent public use. They run on charcoal, wood, or propane and often have adjustable grilling surfaces and heights. Park grills offer the convenience of grilling on-the-go so families, groups of friends, and outdoor enthusiasts can cook meals just how they like during picnics, camping, tailgating, and other activities. With their high-quality construction and optimal grilling features, park grills create an easy and enjoyable outdoor grilling experience.
With the wide variety of park grill models available, selecting the ideal park grill to purchase can be a challenging and complex decision. When choosing a park grill, there are a few key varieties to consider:
Charcoal models, such as Picnic Furniture's pedestal grills, are one of the most common types of park grills. Commercial charcoal grills provide the authentic smoky barbecue flavor that charcoal is known for. Starting the charcoal does take some time, and cleanup of ashes is required, but many people feel it's worth it for the charcoal grilling experience.
Propane-fueled park grills fire up quickly with the turn of a knob. There's no messy ash to handle, and the temperature can be easily adjusted. Propane does cost more to operate long-term than charcoal.
Electric park grills offer convenient push-button operation without needing propane or charcoal. However, they require access to electricity and typically only reach lower grilling temperatures.
What may be the perfect park grill for one municipality's needs and budget may not suit another's, as the ideal model ultimately depends on each location's unique requirements, resources, and priorities.
When it comes to durable park grills built to handle lots of public use, Picnic Furniture offers some of the best commercial-grade options. Our premium park grill models utilize heavy-duty gauge steel and premium materials to deliver reliable performance season after season.
All Picnic Furniture park grills deliver convenient and flexible grilling for public spaces. They work with either charcoal or wood fuel, and their roomy interiors simplify cleaning out ash after use. These high-end commercial park grills meet the demanding needs of parks, campgrounds, apartment complexes, and other outdoor venues.
In addition to high-quality park grills, Picnic Furniture offers a wide selection of grill accessories to further enhance the outdoor cooking experience. Useful add-ons like weather-resistant covers, hot plate table barriers, utility shelves, and designated ash bins help customize your grill setup for convenience and efficiency.
Shop our selection of premium park grills—built for durability and ease of use:
Pedestal park grills feature sturdy steel construction and height-adjustable grates for flexible cooking. Picnic Furniture offers heavy-duty commercial models designed specifically for public use. These pedestal grills accommodate either charcoal or wood fuel, providing that classic BBQ taste. Their in-ground installation resists vandalism while still allowing the firebox to swivel a full 360 degrees for optimal wind control.
The spacious grilling surface handles everything from hot dogs to hamburgers for large group gatherings. Parks, apartments, homeowner associations, campgrounds, and other public spaces utilize these American-made pedestal grills to foster community barbecues. With one of these commercial-grade options, you can plan delicious park BBQs all summer long.
Our pavilion group grills are designed for large gatherings like company functions or family events. When cooking for crowds, you need ample grilling space to quickly cook items like hot dogs and burgers. Our large group park grills feature spacious cooking surfaces to easily grill for dozens. We offer various sizes and configurations like dual-flip grill tops and elongated pedestal-mounted fireboxes for maximum capacity.
These large park grills become the focal point at community events in parks, condominiums, HOAs, and residential areas. With plenty of room to grill batches of food, our group grills simplify barbecuing for crowds.
Fire rings are a staple feature of campgrounds and parks, providing controlled spaces for fires and grilling. The standard 31” diameter design safely contains the fire while the attached heavy-duty grill is perfect for outdoor barbecue cooking. We also offer customized fire ring sizes to accommodate specific needs upon request.
Fire rings allow park and campground visitors to enjoy the warmth and community of an open fire with reduced risk. The durable steel construction manages and directs the flames upward for practical and safer public fire use where supervision is limited. Our fire rings bring dependable fire safety and convenience to campgrounds, parks, and other outdoor recreational spaces.
Having grills available in parks offers many benefits for visitors and the community:
Park grills are a simple yet profound public amenity. They allow people to come together over food and create lasting memories while enjoying the great outdoors.
Park grills are designed to withstand frequent public use for many years. Picnic Furniture's models are steel constructed for strength and resilience. Sturdy park grill construction ensures the grill can hold up well through all four seasons of outdoor use without warping, rusting, or otherwise deteriorating. High-quality hardware such as hinges and fasteners further add to park grills’ durability.
Between each use, having established cleaning protocols removes grease buildup and food debris that could otherwise break down materials prematurely. With proper maintenance and construction of durable materials, well-made park grills will serve communities reliably for a decade or more. Their longevity makes park grills a wise investment that returns value through years of reliable service.
While using public park grills is a free and convenient amenity, there are some important guidelines and best practices to follow to keep the experience safe, enjoyable, and fair for everyone:
Following park guidelines allows everyone to safely and considerately enjoy community park grills.
Using a park grill is very similar to backyard grilling. Follow these steps for great results:
With these tips, you can master cooking on shared park grills. Adjust cooking times and temperatures as needed to grill foods perfectly.
Proper grill and fire safety practices are crucial for park grilling. Negligent cooking can lead to serious injuries or damage, so it is critical to always make safety the top priority.
Follow these precautions:
Practicing these safe grilling habits allows public park grills to be enjoyed incident-free by all.
Properly cleaning park grills after each use helps maintain them and creates a positive experience for the next user. Here are some best practices for cleaning public park grills:
First, allow the grill to fully cool after cooking is complete before attempting to clean it. Use a grill brush to scrub the cooking grates clean of any food debris and grease residue while the grill is still warm. Be sure to wear protective gloves during cleaning. Remove the cooking grates and wash with dish soap if needed.
Check the interior of the grill and clear any remaining coals, grease drippings, and ash out into the designated park disposal bins. Avoid leaving any food or waste residue behind. Wipe down the interior grill surfaces with soapy water and paper towels if needed.
For stainless steel areas, use a stainless steel grill cleaner and microfiber cloths to remove stuck-on grease or dirt. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scratches can result. Discard used paper towels and cleaning cloths in trash receptacles.
Finishing by wiping down exterior surfaces leaves the grill tidy for the next user. Following thorough cleaning practices makes public grilling a more pleasant experience for everyone.
With over 20 years of experience, Picnic Furniture is a leading provider of high-quality commercial-grade outdoor furniture, grills, and accessories. Our knowledgeable staff offers personalized service to simplify purchasing and deliver the right products to complete outdoor commercial site projects. We carry thousands of picnic tables, benches, trash cans, bleachers, park grills, and bike racks, plus a wide selection of contemporary poolside & patio furniture. As an established family business since 2003, we are dedicated to superior products, competitive pricing, and unsurpassed customer satisfaction. Thousands of customers have trusted us to enhance commercial properties across the country with beautiful, durable outdoor furniture.
From any of our websites, request a free quote on any outdoor furniture project you're working on, or call 1-800-775-8409.
The most common types of park grills are charcoal, propane gas, and electric. Charcoal grills use briquettes and allow true barbecue flavor but require longer cooking times. Propane grills fire up quickly with gas but lack a smoky taste. Electric grills heat easily but don't reach the highest temps.
Some local parks require obtaining a permit or reservation to use public grills while others are first come, first served. Check the rules posted at the park or on the park's website. More popular regional and national parks usually require reservations.
Always dispose of ashes and coals only in the designated containers provided at parks, usually metal bins. Never dump ashes or coals directly onto the ground or in trash cans. Wait until completely cooled first. Empty and clean out the grill's interior after each use.