Rentals & Reservations
Athletic Fields, Picnic Shelters & Open Spaces
*Effective April 19, permits and reservations are available for picnic shelters and athletic fields ONLY. Stay tuned for additional updates for other facilities.
Contact the Division of Athletics and Recreational Sports for permitting requests. The Athletics Division has moved to the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. Hours of operations are Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm. Call 757-823-4304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SevenVenues provides permitting for large events that require full use of all facilities at community parks, events that require street closures, events utilizing City property in Downtown Norfolk and First Amendment protected Expressive Activities. Email for more information.
Norfolk offers a number of athletic fields for rental. All rentals of fields are coordinated through the Division of Athletics and Recreational Sports, located inside of the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. Fields are unavailable for rental during the off-season, November 30 through February 28.
Call 757-823-4304 and staff will assist you in selecting the most appropriate field for your event.
Athletic Field Rental Fees
|Small Field||$50 per day||$75 per day|
|Large Field||$75 per day||$105 per day|
|Field Lights||$40 per night||$40 per night|
Several Norfolk recreation facilities have been made available for rental. Each recreation center processes their own rentals. Contact your recreation center of choice for availability and rental options. The rental of a recreation center does not include adjacent fields and open spaces. For rental of these spaces, please see the fields and open space rental fee information.
Recreation Center Rental Fees
|Small Conference Room||$25 per hour||$40 per hour|
|Large Conference Room||$50 per hour||$75 per hour|
|Multi-purpose Room||$50 per hour||$75 per hour|
|Gym||$75 per hour||$115 per hour|
There are five major parks in the City of Norfolk:
In these parks, picnic shelters can be rented out by residents and non-residents. Picnic shelters at Norfolk beach parks are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Shoop Park picnic shelter is offered on a first-come, first served basis. The use of generators is permitted at all picnic shelters. No power is provided.
Rentals are available April 1 through October 31. November 1 through March 31 is the off-season. Shelters can be rented in the off-season; however, park restrooms are closed. Please note that Lakewood can only be rented from 2 to 7 p.m. during the months of September and October. Reservations can be made no earlier than January 1 of the same year.
Shelter Rental Fees
|Half-Day - Large Shelter (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 7 p.m.)||$100||$200|
|Full Day - Large Shelter (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)||$125||$250|
|Change of date fee (non-refundable)||$15||$15|
An application fee ($25 residents, $50 non-residents) is included in the rates listed above.
The applicant must provide a completed Facility Use Application (PDF) and additional forms and full payment. Fees are non-refundable. Reservations must be made at least 14 days prior to the date of the event. Accepted forms of payment include Visa or MasterCard, checks or money orders made out to Norfolk City Treasurer.
In the event that the City must cancel a rental due to unforeseen circumstances (closure of the facility, severe weather, etc.) every effort will be made to make other accommodations for the lessee within that rental season. Please note that in the event of inclement weather (heavy wind, rain, or storms) refunds will not be issued for picnic shelters.
Wedding ceremonies are permitted on the sand at Norfolk's three beach park properties (Community Beach, Ocean View, Sarah Constant). To obtain a permit for a beach wedding ceremony, please email Dan Jones with your preferred date, location and number of guests. Our team will contact return your information with additional information.