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Reserve a Picnic Shelter

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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: Covered structures with open sides that include amenities such as picnic tables, benches, electrical outlets, and  charcoal grills. A  single shelter has a maximum seating capacity of 50 people, except for Osborne Park Shelter #1 which holds 75 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 
  • $25 for the following time slots: 9am-2pm or 3pm-dusk*
  • $50 for all day: 9am-dusk*

*Parks close at dusk, which may affect the ending time of your reservation.

How to Receive this Service

Reservations can be requested online or in person.

Online & In Person: Individuals may go to to create an online account and request a reservation no more than one year in advance and no less than three (3) days in advance (subject to availability). Less than three days in advance, shelters that have not been reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations submitted by an organization must be made in person. NOTE: In-person reservations made less than 30 days in advance must be paid with exact cash or card. 

ID Requirements: Identification must be provided when submitting a shelter reservation. The payer’s name and address on the identification must match the information submitted on their shelter reservation form.

Applicants submitting an Individual shelter reservation must provide a valid DMV-issued photo ID. Any of the following identifications reflecting the applicant’s current address may serve as a supplement if the DMV-issued photo ID does not reflect their current address: a DMV-issued change of address card (if applicable), or a voter registration card.

Applicants submitting an Organization shelter reservation must provide a business card, letterhead from the organization, a check with the organization’s name and address, or a Henrico County business license.

In person reservations are accepted Mon-Fri, 8am to 4:30pm at the following locations. 


Additional Information

A signature from the applicant is required on the shelter reservation 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 Henrico County Ordinance, Chapter 14,  and the Picnic Shelter Reservation Guide.
Division Approval: See “Rules for Usage” for detailed information on what you may bring to a shelter.
An approved shelter permit and receipt confirm your reservation.
  1. Please review your reservation permit and receipt and contact us with any discrepancies.
  2. Individuals that have placed shelter reservations have priority for shelter use. Reservation signs including shelter reservation details will be posted at each shelter. Please have your reservation permit and receipt with you for reservation verification and contact information purposes. Non-reservable shelters are available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis.
Park closings will be announced on the Inclement Weather Hotline: 804-501-5132, the Division’s website, and HCTV Comcast channel 17 and Verizon channel 39.

Shelter Refund & Changes Policy

Requests must be made in writing and received three (3) days prior to the reservation date. Refund requests due to inclement weather must be received in our office no later than seven (7) days 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 (30) days of approval. The processing fee charged with an online transaction is non-refundable.

  • Henrico County Recreation and Parks defines inclement weather 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 changes to your reservation, including cancellations (transfer of location, date, or time) must be made in writing and received in our office at least three (3) business days prior to the original reservation date OR seven (7) days following inclement weather. Shelter transfer requests are limited to availability. There will be no changes to shelter reservations made less than three (3) days in advance.

Written requests can be submitted in person or by e-mail to [email protected].

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 [email protected] or call us at 501-7275.

Contact Us

(804) 501-7275
[email protected]

Recreation and Parks

Physical Address
6800 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, VA 23228

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

[email protected]

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

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