Recreation, Parks & Open Space

Nationally Recognized

Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space is proud to announce its national accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. This ensures we will continue to provide quality recreational services that enrich the lives of Norfolk’s residents.

Gold Medal Award Finalist Video

Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space was named one of four finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) conference on September 24th, in Baltimore. The Gold Medal Award represents the highest level of recognition for parks and recreation across the country. Norfolk is the only Hampton Roads city to receive this designation to date. Go Team RPOS!

2020 Virginia Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference


We will host the 2020 conference at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. Kristine Stratton, President & CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will serve as the conference keynote speaker. The conference will include educational workshops, an exhibition hall, socials and more! Visit the VRPS website for more information. #vrpsnorfolk

#GetOutandPlay Newsletter

Check out our bi-monthly newsletter to stay informed with all things RPOS!

February 18 (PDF)

February 3 (PDF)

January 21 (PDF)

January 6 (PDF)

December 9 (PDF)


The Huntersville Pool is closed February 24 and 25 due to emergency maintenance. Stay tuned for additional updates.

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