The Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services presents Recreation for Generations. Please bear in mind that sometimes program dates, activities and times may change. Please call ahead to verify scheduled activities to be certain you are not disappointed.
Download the Fall 2012 Recreation for Generations Newsletter (PDF)
Recreation Master Plan
A copy of the Master Plan, adopted by the City Council in June 2012, is here for your information.
Counts!" in Portsmouth
“Character Education is, first and foremost,
an obligation of families and faith communities, but school and
youth-service organizations also have a responsibility to help
develop the character of young people.”
Excerpt from Aspen Declaration
Character Counts! is being implemented through a partnership of
the Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services and 4-H
Youth Development. It provides practical ground rules for
everyday living and decision-making. It teaches by example thus
creating a positive learning environment. Character Counts!
provides a common language’ of character education to use and
model. Portsmouth uses Character Counts! as a fundamental
building block in all recreation programming and communication
with participants, parents and staff.
CHARACTER COUNTS! is copyrighted by the CHARACTER COUNTS!
Coalition of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Pillars of Character which
provide a common language of
character education are:
Welcome to the Portsmouth Department of Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services. Our vision for the City is that it is the healthiest place to live in Hampton Roads. We will achieve this vision by providing parks and open spaces that foster community pride and enjoyment; well-balanced recreation opportunities that encourage an active lifestyle; and community-focused programs that contribute to the positive development of youth, adults and families through involvement, partnership and collaboration with citizens and community organizations.
Life is fun - let's enjoy it together!