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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 RAYS

Summer RAYS is a 9 week program held June 22-August 20, 2015. This wholesome, educational, fun-filled, and stimulating program offers activities for youth ages 6-12, with special programming for teens ages 13-17. An assessment based therapeutic recreation program is specifically designed for our special needs participants. At all sites activities will include sports, group games, arts/crafts, music/dance, exposure outings, aquatics, character/leadership development, social activities, complimentary USDA breakfast/lunch program and many more exciting activities.

Registration begins Wednesday April 1, 2015 and is open until each location reaches maximum capacity.

Registration fee is $250 + $110 activity fee that will cover a t-shirt, and all exposure outings.

All Summer RAYS sites will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Before care is from 6:00 a.m.- 7:30 a.m. and After care is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Before care fee is an additional $75, After care fee is $50 and Before and After care fee is $100.

Special RAYS: Sports Camp at Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, Cheerleaders Camp at Churchland Middle School.

The Commit to Health and Organwise Guys Nutrition Program will be facilitated at all sites.

HYPE (Helping Young People Exceed) James Hurst Elementary School Monday-Friday
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Joseph E. Parker Recreation Center (30)
    2430 Turnpike Road 393-8340
    TEENS 13-17 years
  • Cavalier Manor Recreation Center (100)
    404 Viking Street 558-2805
    6-12 years (Sports Camp)
  • Churchland Middle School (75)
    4501 River Shore Road 393-8481
    6-12 years (Cheering Camp)
  • Cradock Recreation Center (25)
    308 Allen Road 393-1046
    Therapeutic Recreation-6-12 years
  • Cradock Middle School (50)
    21 Alden Avenue 393-8481
    Therapeutic Recreation-Teens
  • Port Norfolk Recreation Center (65)
    432 Broad Street 393-8709
    6-12 years
  • Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center (100)
    900 Elm Avenue 393-8595
    6-12 years
  • Churchland Primary School (50)
    5700 Hedgerow Lane 393-8481
    6-12 years
  • Churchland Elementary School (50)
    5601 Michael Lane 393-8481
    6-12 years
  • John Tyler Elementary School (65)
    3649 Hartford Street 393-8481
    6-12 years
  • Simonsdale Elementary School (75)
    4841 Clifford Street 393-8481
    6-12 years
    *Locations Subject to change

*Locations are subject to change.

**Not a USDA participating site


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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