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Recreation Program

The "Our Hours" Afterschool Recreation Program is an all inclusive activity based youth program staffed by recreation professionals with a goal of providing a CLEAN, SAFE and Structurally FUN recreation experience for youth ages 6-17. Direct services include, but are not limited to, homework assistance and tutoring, fine and physical arts, traditional recreation games, Kids Meal Program, athletic competition and sports leagues, Therapeutic Programming, character and leadership development, arts and crafts, exposure outings and more.

For more information on the Our Hours Program please contact, Portsmouth Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services 757-393-8481

Hours of Operation (Excluding Adult Nights): Mon – Thurs, 3PM – 8:30PM and Friday, 3PM – 7PM. For information on specific activities, special events and seasonal programs, please contact the following centers and personnel.

Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center
Rodney L. Granger, Jr., Recreation Specialist, 900 Elm Avenue, 393-8595

Joseph E. Parker Recreation Center
Vivian Franks & Byron Joyce, Recreation Specialist, 2430 Turnpike Road, 393-8340

Cavalier Manor Recreation Center
JeNene Credle, Recreation Specialist, 404 Viking Street, 558-2805

Cradock Recreation Center
Justin Bowens, Recreation Specialist, 4300 George Washington Hwy, 746-3541

Port Norfolk Recreation Center
Vernon Griffin, Recreation Specialist, 432 Broad Street, 393-8709

John F. Kennedy Recreation Center
Kirsten Kubik, 12 Grand Street, 393-8584


Summer Galaxy

Summer RAYS is a 9 week program held June 17–August 16, 2013.  This wholesome, educational, fun-filled, and stimulating program hosts activities for youth ages 6-12 along with special programming for teens ages 13-17. It also offers an assessment based therapeutic recreation program specifically designed for our special needs population. Activities include sports, group games and social activities, competitions, arts/crafts, music, dance, exposure outings, aquatics program, character/leadership development, complimentary USDA breakfast, lunch program and much more. Registration began Monday, April 8. Cost: $250 registration fee per child until each location reaches maximum capacity. Proof of age and school enrollment required.

Teens are invited to participate in open dialogue with YES! Dare 2 Dream on the following topics:

  • Success
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Goals • Leadership
  • Positive Choices

All Summer RAYS sites will operate Monday through Friday • 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Programming will take place at the following locations:

  • Brighton Elementary School (65)
    1100 Portsmouth Boulevard • 393-8481
  • Cavalier Manor Recreation Center (75)
    404 Viking Street • 558-2805
  • Churchland Middle School (100)
    4501 River Shore Road • 393-8481
  • Churchland Primary School (50)
    5700 Hedgerow Lane • 393-8481
  • Emily Spong School (50)
    2200 Piedmont Avenue • 393-8481
  • James Hurst Elementary School (75)
    18 Dahlgren Avenue • 393-8481
  • John Tyler Elementary School (75)
     3649 Hartford Street • 393-8481
  • John F. Kennedy Recreation Center
    (TR Assessments Required) (12)
    12 Grand Street • 393-8584 • Cost: $50 for ½ day
    Monday–Friday • 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Joseph E. Parker Recreation Center (Teens) (35)
    2430 Turnpike Road •  393-8340
  • Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center (100)
    900 Elm Avenue • 393-8595
  • Port Norfolk Recreation Center (65)
    432 Broad Street • 393-8709

*Locations are subject to change.


Registration for Summer RAYS must take place at the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services ONLY: 801 Crawford Street • 3rd Floor

No registration at any Portsmouth Public School locations.

For further information please call Tony E. Colden or Cliff Jones at (757) 393-8481.



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