The Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies

A welcoming venue to rent for meetings and special events.

Please note that our booking policies have changed.  To book a wedding, conference room rental, or other type of special event, please make an appointment with Jesus Luviano by calling (559) 248-8480 extension 101.  

Please note that River Parkway Trust staff will not be able to accomodate drop-in visitors with requests to view rental facilities or discuss rental agreements.  We want to ensure that we provide the best possible service for your event, which starts with providing you with the most up-to-date information on rental policies and procedures.  You must therefore contact Jesus Luviano in advance to set an appointment, by calling (559) 248-8480 extension 101.  Thank you for your understanding.

We encourage you to review the River Center Rental Agreement and Rental Policies prior to coming in for your appointment, so that you are familar with basic information about the venue and have a chance to prepare questions.  Click here to download the rental agreement and policies. Please note that both of these documents will need to be signed when you book your event


Click here for a list of our Preferred Vendors for your rental event.

Click here for a site map of the River Center. 

Conference Room Facilities conferenceroomfixed

We have two conference rooms available that will provide a beautiful setting for your meetings, seminars or staff retreats.  Reserve the East Fresno Rotary Conference Room in the historic ranch house or the larger, sleek conference room in the Headquarters Building.  The ranch house conference room seats up to 18 guests; the headquarters conference room seats 24 at the conference table, with space for additional seating along the wall.

Services include:

  • Shared use of the catering kitchen in the Peters Pavilion
  • WiFi and projection screens
  • Ample parking 
  • Clean restrooms 
  • Beautiful gardens 
  • Retreat like setting 


  • Ranch House: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Headquarters: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • $300 for up to 3 hours;
  • $50 per hour for each additional hour
  • Please note that this pricing applies to conference room rentals during regular open hours listed above.  Conference room rentals that require evening access will be charged under the grounds and barn rates below.


River Center Grounds and Barn

kremeneventwebReserve the beautiful grounds or ranch house at the River Center for your own special occasion. The spacious ranch style setting offers several venues perfect for your event of up to 250 people. 

The Shade Arbor near the vineyards and wisteria walkway, spacious Kremen Outdoor Event Area, or circular lawn around the pond and magnificent camphor tree all present opportunities for an inviting outdoor event.  The ranch house is the perfect event rental venue for an elegant party.


Services Include:

  • Shared use of the catering kitchen in the Peters Pavilion
  • Ranch House docent for house tours by request
  • River Store gift shop open by request 

Weekday Garden Events:

Shared public use of parking and restrooms


  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • $450 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • $75 each additional hour, grounds
  • $100 each additional hour, barn 

Evening Garden Events:

Exclusive use of the grounds, parking, and restrooms


  • Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.


  • $600 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • $100 for each additional hour, grounds
  • $150 for each additional hour, barn 

With the Ranch House Included:

To the above rates, add:

  • Additional $150 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • Additional $50 hourly rate after 3 hours


Please note:

  • Evening events may require additional lighting
  • Your rental timeframe begins with the delivery of your equipment and ends when trash is disposed and the final person exits the site. 
  • All rentals require a $500 damage/cleaning deposit
  • The River Center is a self-service facility, meaning you are responsible for set up and tear down of your event. The renters will receive a check list at the start of their event that states all responsibilities required to get back your refundable $500 cleaning deposit. This includes ensuring the site looks as it did when you arrived. Please note that cleanup responsibilities include moving trash from cans to the dumpster in the trash enclosure.  Please plan accordingly for these cleanup responsibilities by ensuring that the designated members of your party are prepared with an appropriate change of clothing and footwear


weddingwebWeddings and Weekend Special Events

Celebrate your special day on the beautiful grounds of the River Center. The landscape features a historic ranch house surrounded by vineyards a wisteria path, and shade arbor. The circular lawn wraps around a pond and magnificent hundred-year-old camphor tree. The Kremen Event Area features a beautiful lawn perfect for your reception and dance floor. Come and enjoy the natural beauty provided by this special venue. 

Services Include

  • Full-day use of the site beginning at 8:00 am *please note that the River Center grounds and Ranch House will be open to the public from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 
  • 1-hour rehearsal slot prior to event date 
  • Shared use of catering kitchen 
  • Restrooms and ample parking  


$2,000 flat rate for the use of the grounds and the barn. 

Click here to download the River Center Weddings Info Sheet and Map