Picnic Areas

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

703-324-8732
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105
Fairfax, VA 22035-5500

Morgan Chapin,
Picnic Reservation Coordinator

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Reservable Areas

Picnic Line: 703-324-8732

Picnic Reservations

Thank you for your interest in a Fairfax County Park Authority park for your picnic! We are proud of our parks and are confident that you will enjoy your day. Keep in mind sites are in great demand, so make your reservation early.

To make a reservation download and complete the Picnic Area/Picnic Shelter Application and submit it along with appropriate payment. Upon receipt of your payment, a validated Sales Receipt (Picnic Permit) will be issued by email.

Please submit the application one of these ways:

  • Email: FCPAPicnics@fairfaxcounty.gov
    • Note: Do NOT include payment information – once the application is received and reviewed you will be contacted to confirm availability and complete the reservation process.
  • Mail: FCPA Picnic Department – 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105, Fairfax, VA 22035-5500
    • Note: Do NOT mail cash payments; checks can be made out to “FCPA Picnics."
  • In person: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to noon – 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105, Fairfax, VA 22035-5500
    • Note: Contact us in advance for updated office hours.
  • Fax: 703-653-6672
    • Note: Please include payment information on faxed applications.
  • Book Online: For immediate permitting of select facilities and timeslots (available for rentals 10 or more days in advance)
    • Note: Special Requests may take additional time for the approval process. For rentals with no additional requests or issues, final permits will be issued 7-10 business days in advance of the reservation date.

Applications may take up to 3-5 business days to process. The Picnic Department stops accepting applications for the upcoming weekend Thursdays at 4 p.m.

*Full day reservations available 9 a.m. – Sunset. Rental fee is per day, single use rate. 
**Half day reservations are not permitted at this site.
¹ Prime rates apply Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays.
² Non-Prime rates apply Monday through Thursday.

*Hourly reservations available Sunrise – Sunset (Ellanor C Lawrence Amphitheater #AMP). Rental Fee is per 4-hour minimum time slot, single use rate. This unit is not web bookable. To book the Amphitheater, please submit a picnic application.
¹ Prime rates apply Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays.
² Non-Prime rates apply Monday through Thursday.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Pond Shelter

Ellanor C. Lawrence ShelterSeating Capacity: 24
Maximum Capacity: 30
Tables: 5 (Exact amount may vary)
Grills: 1
Electricity: No
Prime¹ Full Day*: $80
Non-Prime² Full Day*: $60

 

AMPLIFIED SOUND AND INFLATABLES NOT PERMITTED AT THIS SITE.
Food Truck may be permitted at this site.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has a rentable picnic shelter next to the park's pond and across the street from Cabell's Mill.

 
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Ellanor C. Lawrence Amphitheater

Ellanor C. Lawrence Amphitheater

Maximum Capacity: 75
Electricity: Yes
Prime¹: $20/hr (4-hr minimum)
Non-Prime²: $15/hr (4-hr minimum)

 
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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Amenities

Visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

  • Softball fields
  • Baseball fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Visitor Center
  • Pond
  • Trails
  • Pond Shelter - Seasonal portable restroom (March – November); Amphitheater - Seasonal restrooms at the Visitor Center

Picnic at the Parks

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