Reserve a Picnic Shelter

fill out online form   Online
available via mail   Via Mail
available in person   In Person

Picnic Shleter at Cheswick ParkLooking for an outdoor space to hold a family function or small event? Henrico Recreation & Parks has several Picnic Shelters available to reserve!

Requests can be made online or in person at our recreation centers. Shelters not available for rent (or not reserved) are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserve Shelter

Picnic Shelters: Roofed structures with open sides that include picnic tables, benches, an electrical outlet and a charcoal grill. A  single shelter has a maximum seating capacity of 50 people. (Large groups are encouraged to make a reservation at Deep Run or Dorey Park, where several shelters are grouped together.) 

Park Sites with Picnic Shelters


Picnic Shelters 
  • Available daily from 9am -2pm, 3pm-dusk, or 9am-dusk
  • $25 per time period or $50 all day

How to Receive this Service

Reservations can be requested online, in person, or by mail.

Online: Individuals may go to to create an online account and request a reservation (a minimum of seven (7) days in advance and no earlier than one (1) year in advance, and is limited to space availability). Reservations paid by an organization must be made in person or by mail.
In Person or by Mail: Completed Individual or Organization Reservation Form and fee must be received in our office a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the reservation date and no earlier than one (1) year in advance and is limited to space availability.
In person reservations are accepted Mon-Fri, 8am to 4:30pm at the following locations. Please call ahead to make an appointment.
Mailing Address:
Attn: Shelters
Henrico County Recreation and Parks
PO Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

Additional Information

Payee Signature is required on form or online by checking the required boxes. When reserving a picnic shelter, you have agreed to assume the responsibility of having all members of your group adhere to the Henrico County Ordinance, Chapter 14, Section : 14 -31 to 14-52 and the Picnic Shelter Reservation Guide.
Division Approval: See “Rules for Usage” for detailed information on what you may bring to a shelter/gazebo.
An approved shelter permit and receipt confirm your reservation. Please review your reservation permit and receipt and contact us with any discrepancies. Groups with reservations have priority for shelter use. While reservation signs will be posted at each shelter, please have your reservation permit and receipt with you for reservation verification and contact numbers for assistance. Non-reserved shelters are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Park closings will be announced on the Inclement Weather Hotline: 501-5132, the Division’s website, and HCTV Comcast channel 17 and Verizon channel 39.

Shelter Refund Policy

Requests must be made in writing and received thirty (30) days prior to your reservation date. Written requests can be sent by mail, email, or fax. Refund requests due to inclement weather must be received in our office no later than the week following your reservation. Reservations will not be refunded due to inclement weather until the actual reservation date has passed. All refunds are paid by check and mailed within thirty days of approval. The processing fee charged with an online transaction is non-refundable.
  • Inclement weather related to reservation of Recreation and Parks facilities is defined as any kind of extreme weather, usually severe rain, flooding, wind or tornado warnings, snow or ice, which might create hazardous conditions for park patrons either traveling to or from or participating in scheduled park activities. Inclement weather does not include seasonal weather patterns such as extreme temperature fluctuations, poor air quality warnings or extreme humidity levels which are often experienced annually throughout central Virginia.
  • All requests for any change to your reservation (location, date or time) must be made in writing and received in our office ten (10) working days prior to the original reservation date OR the week following inclement weather and is limited to availability.

Experiencing an issue?

A list of common registration and reservation issues can be found in our registration portal. If you don’t find a solution to your problem there, email us at or call us at 501-7275.

Contact Us

Recreation and Parks

Physical Address
6800 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-7275
Inclement Weather Hotline
(804) 501-5132

(804) 501-5284

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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