When there begin to be more sunny days than cloudy ones, most people want to get out and enjoy it. Barbecues are a popular excuse for getting outdoors and soaking up the nice weather. But if you don’t have a whole lot of space, hosting a cookout may be a little difficult. One way around the space dilemma is to take your barbecue to a public park; many have picnic tables and grills for such occasions. If you would like to host but don’t have the space to do it at home, then here are some ideas for having the perfect BBQ in a public park.

1. Arrive Early

When the weather is nice, you probably will not be the only person who wants to go out and enjoy it. In order to make sure that you get a good spot– or even get any spot– you must arrive early. If you are able to, try and find picnic spots under shade structures like a tree or a shelter. These structures will not only provide protection from the sun but also help with wind and rain should those things pop up.

2. Find a Spot Near Park Equipment

This is especially necessary if there are children present. Having park equipment for them to play on will keep them busy for hours while the grown-ups talk. With the play structure in plain sight, parents will not have to leave the party to keep an eye on children.

3. Crowdsource the Goodies

A picnic can also be a potluck. If you are inviting a bunch of people, it can be very helpful not to have to buy all of the food and lug it from your car to the site. Spreading the work around makes it easier on you, mentally and financially. It can also be fun to see what everybody brings.

4. Bring a Tablecloth

Look, it is a public table and it is out in the open. There is no telling what sorts of creatures may have used that table prior to you and your family. A good quality tablecloth will prevent worry about bird droppings or whoever else might have been using the table before. It can also prevent splinters. Since you are bringing a barrier for the table, maybe you should consider some aluminum foil for the grill.

5. Be Courteous

This is a public area, not a private one. That means that you should pick up after yourself and leave the place better than you found it. Also, some parks place a time limit on how long a grill can be used. If the park is busy, don’t hog the grill. Make sure somebody else gets a turn.

Taking your barbecue to a public park when you do not have space at home, is a great way to get out and enjoy the weather. Plan ahead, arrive early, and be courteous when you do get there. Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a good time.