Picnics in
city Parks

Newport News has 33 picnic shelters in eight parks across the City that can be reserved for picnic activities. Each picnic shelter, which accommodates approximately 35 people, generally has three to four picnic tables and one grill. A Large Shelter, which accomodates approximately 75 people, has eight tables and one large grill.  A Group Shelter, which accommodates approximately 100 people, has fifteen tables and one large grill. Electricity is available at some shelters. All parks are open sunrise to sunset. Reserved shelters are cleaned by 10:00 a.m. Picnics with special activities (rental equipment, entertainment, weddings, etc.) must contact the Special Activity Coordinator (757-886-7912) for permit information.

Reservations can be charged over the phone by calling 757-888-3333 or toll free at 1-800-203-8322. Reservations can also be made in person at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, Deer Park, or the Parks & Recreation Office at 700 Town Center Drive (3rd floor). Credit cards are accepted at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Online reservations are available at


Full Shelter/Day $75.00
Large Shelter/Day $125.00
Group Shelter (#19 or 20)/Day $200.00
Electricity/Day $10.00

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