Recreation, Parks & Open Space

Weather Update: Norview Community Center and Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center are open.

COVID-19 Updates:

Face masks are REQUIRED in all City of Norfolk community centers and Dept. of Recreation, Parks and Open Space offices.

PHASE 3 - See 7/31 new updates below

  • 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.
  • Effective midnight 7/31 - Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people and the public is required to maintain 6 feet of separation, unless with family members.
  • 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

Select recreation/community centers will reopen July 6 & 7, 2020 for information sharing only. Official opening July 8.

Call ahead to find out information about schedules and information on maximum occupancy and reservations. Please see these reminders:

  • Please stay home if you are sick or experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • All participants must wear a mask when entering facilities
  • Pools and splash pads are closed until further notice.
  • All participants must have a current Facility Use Card
  • Participants are encouraged to maintain a minimum of 6 feet physical distance while inside facilities

Community centers that will reopen on July 8 are:

For the centers below, call ahead to check availability as there will be a limit on the maximum capacity for guests. Lockers rooms will not be open. Daily schedule here.

All Youth ages 5 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult to sign into facilities

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

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
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In an effort to effectively practice social distancing, reservations are required to utilize NFWC fitness equipment and to attend group fitness classes. Please call ahead to check availability and make a reservation. Lockers rooms will not be open. Room rules and schedule here.

  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center   - (757) 823-4301 

Hours:Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Summer Programs, after/before care and fee-based classes
To ensure the health and safety of all participants, all summer programs, after/before care and fee-based classes have been cancelled due to Covid-19. Check back here & City of Norfolk FAQs for updates on future programming.

Beach Opening Guidelines-

The city reopened public restrooms June 20, seven days a week.The following restrictions remain in place:

  • Keep 6 feet apart – unless family
  • No gatherings of more than 50 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 Norfolk.gov/covid19.

Norfolk’s Beach Ambassador Program Suspended

After a successful weekend, Norfolk will suspend its Beach Ambassador program indefinitely. It was determined that the program was no longer needed after many of the city’s beachgoers were found in compliance with the current restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please read about restrictions that remain in place. Read more...

Phase 2-June 5

  1. Effective June 5, all city-wide dog parks, tennis courts, neighborhood parks, and the Northside Skate Park Plaza are open.
  2. City-wide boat ramps are open.
  3. Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people and the public is required to maintain 6 feet of separation, unless with family members.
  4. Playgrounds, basketball courts, outdoor pools, and splash pads will remain closed until further notice.
  5. School parks and picnic shelters will remain closed until further notice. Read more...

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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