Recreation, Parks & Open Space

COVID-19 Preregistration for Seniors

Are you or a loved one age 65+ and need help preregistering for the COVID-19 vaccine? We’re offering assistance at select recreation centers, February 10 – 26 (Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Participating centers include Berkley Neighborhood Multi-Service Center, Sherwood Forest Recreation Center, Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center, Park Place Multi-Purpose Center and East Ocean View Recreation Center.

The following recreation centers and indoor pools will reopen on March 1.

  • Huntersville Community Center
  • Lambert's Point Community Center
  • Berkley Community Center
  • East Ocean View Community Center
  • Norview Community Center
  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Southside Aquatics Center
  • Huntersville Pool
  • Northside Pool

American Heart Month!

Help us celebrate American Heart Month! Check out one of Norfolk’s beautiful parks and key spots along the Elizabeth River Trail. Be on the lookout for our Hearts N’ Parks signs, take a picture with a sign and tag us with @NorfolkRPOS #Heartsnparks and #Norfolkparks. Special thanks to our awesome partners Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk Festevents, Siren Skate Shop, Skate supply and Keep Norfolk Beautiful.

Fee-Based Classes

Fee-based classes already in session will continue virtually, beginning January 13. These include fitness classes, and private music and art classes.

Certified personal trainers will offer individual virtual sessions, beginning January 18. Certified therapeutic recreation specialists will offer individual wellness services to patrons with disabilities. 

Questions? Please contact the sign-up location for your fee-based classes, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Lambert’s Point - (757) 423-1088  
  • Norview  - (757) 441-1440  
  • Huntersville - (757) 664-7434 
  • East Ocean View - (757) 441-1785 
  • Berkley - (757) 441-1912

Additional Updates

  • Face masks are REQUIRED in all RPOS facilities and offices.
  • Playgrounds, basketball courts and picnic shelters are open but they are not sanitized or disinfected. Stay Healthy! Practice good hygiene & hand washing after use.
  • Picnic shelters in city-wide parks are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not being permitted at this time.
  • Outdoor pools, and splash pads will remain closed until further notice.
  • School parks will remain closed until further notice.
  • City-wide boat ramps are open.
  • Northside skate park, neighborhood parks and public tennis courts are open

Beach Guidelines

The city reopened public restrooms. The following restrictions remain in place:

  • Keep 6 feet apart – unless family
  • No gatherings of more than 250 people
  • No group sports (football, soccer, volleyball, etc.)
  • No alcohol
  • No tents or groups of umbrellas

Lifeguards are on duty at Ocean View Beach only. Beachgoers at Sarah Constant Beach and Community Beach Park must swim at their own risk. Trash collection on the beach will continue. Norfolk Police will continue their beach patrols. Beachgoers are encouraged to lock their vehicles and to keep bags and other valuables out of plain sight in their cars.

For more information on COVID-19 city operations, visit

COVID-19 Refund Policy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space has cancelled or postponed select programs and classes. Read more...

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!

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