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Rentals & Reservations
Athletic Fields, Picnic Shelters & Open Spaces
All private events ( i.e. birthday parties, family cookouts, weddings, military receptions, and invitation only social gatherings) are permitted through the Lakewood Athletic Office. All public events, either free or ticketed, (i.e. festivals, community gatherings, large-scale neighborhood reunions, etc.) are permitted through SevenVenues.

Shelters: There are five major parks in the City of Norfolk - BarraudLafayetteLakewoodNorthside and Poplar Hall - in which 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 rented in the off-season; however, park restrooms are closed. Please note that Lakewood can only be rented from 2 p.m. 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. - 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
Full Day - Large Shelter (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Change of date fee (non-refundable)

An application fee ($25 residents, $50 non-residents) is included in the rates listed above.

The applicant must provide a completed Facility Use Application 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. 

Athletic Fields: Norfolk offers a number of athletic fields for rental. All rentals of fields are coordinated through the Lakewood Athletic Office. Fields are unavailable for rental during the off-season, November 30 through February 28. Please contact the office and staff will assist you in selecting the most appropriate field for your event.

Field Rental Fees
Field Type
Small Field
Large Field
Field Lights

Open Space: In addition to parks, Norfolk also permits the rental of other open spaces throughout the city. For a complete listing of rental options, click here.

Open Space Rental Fees
Event Size
Under 200 Attendees $50/day
Over 200 Attendees $100/day or $100/day per picnic shelter
$200/day or $200/day per picnic shelter
Barraud Park Amphitheatre
(Does not include shelter or open space rental)
$100/day without electricity
$125/day with electricity
$200/day without electricity
$250/day with electricity

Prior to submitting a rental application, please review the complete rental policy.

Recreation Facilities
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 information above.

Recreation Center Rental Fees
Small Conference Room
Large Conference Room
Multi-purpose Room
$75/hour $115/hour 

Prior to submitting a rental application, please review the complete
rental policy.

Pools and Beaches
Rental Application

Wedding Ceremonies
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 with your preferred date, location and number of guests. Our team will contact return your information with additional information.