Park Shelter Reservations

Picnic shelters may be reserved in the following parks in the City: Bayville Farms, City View, Great Neck, Lake Lawson / Lake Smith Natural Area, ​Little Island, Mount Trashmore, Munden Point and Red Wing. Large shelters range from eight to twelve tables, medium shelters have two tables, and small shelters have one table. All shelters have grills for charcoal cooking.

​​​​​​​​Picnic Shelter Reservation Prices:

Virginia Beach ​Resident​​Non-Resident
Large Shelter - Full Day$140​$200
Large Shelter - Half Day​$70​$100
Medium Shelter - Full Day
(available at Mount Trashmore, Munden Point, Woodstock​​ & Williams Farm Parks only)
Small Shelter - Full Day
(available at Mount Trashmore Park only)

Please note:

  • B​etween November 6 ​and March 12, Large shelter reservations will be for the full day at a discounted rate.
  • Beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, only full day shelter reservations are accepted on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
  • Small and medium shelters are available at select parks only and are reserved for the full day.​

Picnic Shelter Reservation Hours:

Half Day Shelter

9:00 am - 2:00 pm OR 3:00 pm - 1/2 hour before posted park closing time*

Full Day Shelter

9:00 am - 1/2 hour before posted park closing time* 

*The 11 pm closing time for Bayville Farms Park and City View Park and the 9 pm closing time for Little Island Park does not apply to picnic shelter reservations.  Shelters are for day use only.

How Do I Make a Reservation?

To reserve a picnic shelter, please call (757) 385-7275, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Payment is due in full at the time of the reservation.​

Do I Need a Permit?

Permits must be secured no less than 30 days prior to event date and require a paid shelter reservation. Items requiring a permit include but are not limited to:

Amplified sound • Commercial cookers • Showmobile • Live entertainment • Amusements • Food vending • Staging • Non-food vending • Generator • Merchandise sales • Mechanical rides • Raffles • Pony rides • Petting zoo

​Fill out our Event Permit Interest Form​ to give us a better idea of your event needs.

Permitting Fees:

Park Land Use

  • $100 Small
  • $250 Medium 
  • ​$500 Large

Event Permits (with paid shelter or land use reservations only)

  • ​$75 Neighborhood Park Permit
  • $125 Special use permit fee (1-2 items)
  • ​$250 Event permit fee (3-4 items)
  • $350 Large event permit fee (5 or more items)

​Note: There will be an additional charge for those patrons wishing to enter the park before or after normal operation hours.

Refunds/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received 21 days or more prior to the event will be charged a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the event will be charged a 25% cancellation fee. All permit fees associated with your reservation are non-refundable. 

For more information on the cancellation policy, please contact Parks and Natural Areas at (757) 385-7275.

Rain Date

Reservations will not be refunded or rescheduled based on the weather forecast. If your event is rained out, please call (757) 385-7275 within seven (7) business days after rental date to reschedule or request a refund. At the time of your call, your shelter reservation must be rescheduled within the current calendar year or a refund will be processed.​​

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