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Main Office:
Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services

801 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
757-393-8481/ Fax: 757-393-8265


To create life enriching experiences and beautiful environments in partnership with citizens, businesses and organizations.



To create a community where the benefits of recreation are recognized and valued through comprehensive quality programs, excellent facilities, and beautiful parks and open spaces.

Parks and Recreation Commission 2014-2015

Edward Brown – Chairman
Zip: 23702

Wilbert Allen
Zip: 23704

Samuel Blake
Zip: 23704

Carl Burden
Zip: 23705

Joy Coppage
Zip: 23703

Melodie Doughty
Zip: 23701

Terry Hancock
Zip: 23703

Patricia Peele
Zip: 23703

Dominique Smith
Zip: 23704

Please contact your Commission representative for your area with concerns and comments.
Thank you.

Recreation Center RESERVATIONS
Interested in reserving a Recreation Center for a Birthday Party, Class Reunion or Family Gathering? Please contact our Facility Usage Coordinator @ 393-8481 ext 4273.

Portsmouth Pride Volunteer PROGRAM
We have many opportunities for individuals and families to put your talents to work for your community. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 393-8134 to volunteer for Recreation Programs, Libraries, Museums, and Behavioral Healthcare Services as well as the Police and Human Resources Departments.

Special Event PERMITS
Organized activities utilizing city property such as parks, playgrounds, and open spaces need to submit applications at least 45 days in advance of the event. Please visit the 'Official City Forms' section for Special Event Applications as well as information on parade permits, street closure permits and block party permits and block party permits.


Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
December 14, 2013
Noon - 6PM

Echoes of Joy Program
(Day of Caring for the Homeless and Disadvantaged)
January 26, 2013, 11AM - 3PM
Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center, 900 Elm Avenue.

City Wide Youth Basketball Tournament
Twelve top teams of Boys and Girls ages 9-15 in 4 age brackets. Held annually at one of the High School Gyms 2nd week of March.

23rd Annual Umoja Festival
May 24-26, 2013

Custom packages will be developed and negotiated with sponsor specific criteria. Extended commitments beyond a single event or single year benefit everyone… primarily the opportunity to make modifications and improvements for maximum potential returns. Our goal is to provide you, the sponsor, with a minimum 3:1 return on your investment.


Citizen Concern LINE

Have a compliment or a complaint about City Services? Don't know where to turn to get help? The 24-hour Citizen Concern Line can certainly help. Call 393-8008 for assistance.


Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations to attend or participate in our programs may call 393-8626 at least 48 hours in advance.

Please be advised that all participants involved in any department programs or special events are subject to being photographed. Such photographs may be used by the City of Portsmouth without an obligation to provide compensation to those photographed.

Incentive FUND
The City of Portsmouth Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services annually solicits requests from civic, social and community organizations for Incentive Fund Program funding. This program provides matching funds for beautification projects, construction or improvements to recreation and park facilities and the purchase of playground equipment. Projects must benefit the entire community and be available for all citizens to use. Annual application deadline is September 1. Applications can be obtained by contacting 757-393-8481. It is never too early to be thinking of the future!

Sometimes, we goof
No matter how hard we try, sometimes there may be an error in the brochure. When this happens, we'll do everything possible to correct the situation promptly. Occasionally, classes, programs and events change from what is printed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will try to inform you should this occur. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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