Picnic Shelters

Algonkian Shelter

Algonkian Regional Park offers rental picnic shelters perfect for picnics with family, friends and coworkers. Picnic shelters include tables and grills. Large shelters may only be rented for the day. Other shelters are available for rent during three time periods, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to sunset, or all day. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all regional parks unless otherwise stated.

Additional info

If your event is outside the scope of a simple picnic (food, beverage, guests and no more than one amusement device), a Special Use Permit and $25 non-refundable processing fee is required along with your reservation.  This application does not reserve the shelter. The shelter reservation must be made separately.

The Special Use Permit is required if:

  • You are requesting two or more amusement devices.
  • You are requesting amusement devices such as rock walls, cotton candy machines, carnival rides, pony rides, food vendors, etc.
  • You want to have a “public gathering”, such as a demonstration, picketing, speech making, parades, ceremonies, meetings, rallies, entertainment, games, shows, concerts and all other forms of public assembly.
  • You would like to sponsor or arrange a public gathering of more than 75 persons upon property owned or operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Special Use Application

Rules & Regulations

Amusement Devices:
Amusement devices such as inflatables, rock walls, etc. are permitted at specific shelters equipped with electricity. Only companies approved by NOVA PARKS may rent and set-up such devices. The approved companies have met certain minimum standards for safety. Privately owned equipment may not be brought into the park. Rental of amusement device(s) shall include the presence of at least one company operator (per device) during the entire time the equipment is onsite. The renter may not substitute as an operator. 

Approved Providers


Catering food options are available through Brickmakers Catering, NOVA Parks' Food and Beverage Department. Brickmakers Catering offers a variety of food and beverage options, including alcohol service at Shelter 1. All other alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all regional parks. To start planning your next event, please contact Brickmakers Catering via phone 703-359-4610, email at brickmakers@nvrpa.org or complete the inquiry form below!

Catering Menus






Deluxe Picnic Shelter (200 person)

Friday - Sunday & Holidays, per day

Monday - Thursday, per day







Waterpark Shelter

Friday - Sunday & Holidays, per day

Monday - Thursday, per day







Small Picnic Shelters (50 person)

Friday - Sunday & Holidays, per rental period

Friday - Sunday & Holidays, per day

Monday - Thursday, per day









Book Now