There seems to be a lot of interest about picnic areas around the Hollywood Bowl, including the Highland Camrose Park so I decided to write more about it.
The Highland Camrose Park is located at the corner of Highland and Camrose (quelle surprise!)
There is an entrance on Camrose.
(Highland Camrose Park Entrance)
It's an enclosed park (walled-in) with a meandering pathway running the length of Highland Avenue and dotted with picnic areas. Being enclosed, it is not easily identifiable as a park when driving along Highland Avenue.
This is a very popular picnic site and gets filled up very quickly specially by large groups who block off sections for their party and will rabidly defend it against other igloo-cooler-toting-infidels (growl!)
(This photo was taken around 7pm and it's quite full already)
There is also a greenbelt across the street from this park on Highland that I've seen people having a picnic, but, it doesn't seem very pleasant since you can breathe in the fumes (from passing cars) with your food. And I'm so not into molecular gastronomy!
My favorite place to eat would be the terrace in the Hollywood Bowl right after the security and ticket check, but again, it gets filled up quite quickly. I have been known to set up a picnic blanket in the midst of all the tables and have had no problem at all. You can also hover around occupied tables and guilt people out of their seats. It helps if you look gaunt and hungry. Violent coughing also helps to speed up the process (just kidding!)
There are also small pockets of designated picnic areas on the way to the seats. What I've seen is people simply setting up a picnic blanket along the pathways and they seem to have a nice time.
On occasion, I have been offered leftover chicken by these people in spite of the fact that I look like I devoured a couple already.
You can also eat where you are seated but it does get tight and it could get messy.
Whatever you do, a moveable feast is best enjoyed with good food and good friends. Bon appetit!