Aquatic Facilities Adjusted Hours

The City of Norfolk’s aquatics facilities are operating under adjusted hours. The following changes are in effect:

The Northside Indoor Swimming Pool will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Huntersville Community Center Pool will be open Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Both pools will be closed daily from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Southside Aquatics Center is temporarily closed for necessary maintenance and safety repairs. Hours and dates of operation have been expanded at the Northside and Huntersville pools to reaccommodate classes or open swim availability needs of regular patrons.

Please share the attached flyer with the adjusted hours and daily schedules for the Northside and Huntersville pools with your civic leagues.

You can contact the Parks & Recreation Department at or 757-823-4291 for details on events or courses that may be adjusted as a result of these changes.


Police Chief Search – Public Forum & Comment Opportunity

Morris & McDaniel Management Consultants, the firm selected to assist in the national search for Norfolk’s next Chief of Police, will offer an in-person public forum for residents to provide their input on Tuesday, October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Norfolk State University.

Residents who are unable to attend the forum, but would still like to provide comment, may do so online at or through drop boxes located at all Norfolk Public Library branches through Monday, October 31.

Tuesday, October 18 (6 – 8 p.m.)
L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
700 Park Avenue, Norfolk VA 23504
On-campus parking is free

Citizen input will be valuable during the selection process.

The search process is expected to continue over the next couple of months.

Special Waste Collection Event

Keep Norfolk Beautiful is hosting a free Special Waste Collection Event on Saturday, November 5 (9am – 12noon) at Southside STEM Academy (1106 Campostella Road).

Accepted collection items include:

  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Electronics
  • Plastic bags and clear film

There will also be:

  • On-site, secure shredding
  • Tree Giveaway

For more information on acceptable items, visit

* This event is for Norfolk residents only. Proof of residency is required.

Walk to School Day 2022

Let’s encourage our neighbors to participate in this year’s Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12!
Share the attached flyer to promote the day and ensure everyone stays safe.

Northside Park General Improvements Survey

Please complete this online survey link if you are interested in commenting on general improvements to Northside Park.  The concept below is preliminary and will be modified based on the results of community input.  The survey will end on November 14th. City staff are hoping to have various in-person outreach sessions as well.

At 62.26 acres in size, Northside Park is considered a Regional Park that serves a community radius of approximately 3 miles.  This project addresses the Recreation Master Plan vision to refresh parks and refresh athletic fields.  General improvements to Northside Park will include upgrades to existing facilities such as playgrounds, roads and walks, ball fields, fencing, shelters, grills, benches, and other amenities.

Fall Fest – October 30th

Join your Wards Corner Civic League neighbors for our fun fall festival. Please RSVP at link below for each child who will need a pumpkin to paint so that we can ensure we have enough.

BYOC- Bring your own chair and prepare for a great time!

Norfolk Community Survey

The city is launching a community satisfaction survey this month to gather resident feedback on City programs, services and quality of life. The survey is administered by ETC Institute, one of the nation’s leading firms in the field of local government research, via mail and online.

The goal of the survey is to analyze satisfaction and priority ratings from residents to guide the actions and decisions of City leadership.

Residents randomly selected to participate in this survey will receive an invitation and instructional letter in the mail along with the survey and a postage prepaid envelope to return the completed survey. The letter will also include a link to complete the survey online, if preferred. Residents who receive the survey are asked to take the time to answer every question. This input will influence decisions made about the future of the City of Norfolk.

ETC Institute will monitor the distribution of the sample to ensure it reasonably reflects the demographic composition of the City with regard to age, geographic dispersion, gender, ethnicity and other factors.

All survey data is compiled and analyzed by ETC Institute through the end of year. They will present findings to City leadership at the start of 2023. All individual responses to the survey are kept by ETC Institute to ensure confidentiality.

Any resident who did not receive an invitation to participate in the survey, but would like to share their opinions, will be able to do so online or pick up a paper survey after October 24. Additional notification will be provided later this fall, including the online link and locations of paper surveys. The information collected through this process will also be aggregated by ETC Institute as well as reviewed and considered by the City.

For additional information, visit

NPL’s New Hours

Starting September 12, Norfolk Public Library anchor and neighborhood branches are adding hours to their operating schedules.

Neighborhood Branches

(Barron F. Black, Blyden, Janaf, Lafayette, Larchmont, Little Creek, Park Place & Van Wyck)

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anchor Branches

(Jordan-Newby, Pretlow & Tucker Memorial)

Monday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Get Carded in September

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and Norfolk Public Library is celebrating! Stop by any NPL branch this month to sign up for your very own library card that will give you access to books, movies, music, computers, cameras, hotspots, telescopes, creative spaces, ukuleles and much more! Everyone who gets a card in September will be entered for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket.

For more information, visit

Peak Hurricane Season is Approaching. Are you ready?

We’re heading into the peak time for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Do you know your property’s flood risk? The city’s Flood Risk Learning Center is an interactive website that shows personalized flood risk depicted on a photo of your property, rather than on a map:

  • Search for a specific address
  • See potential flood levels pictorially on that property
  • Receive customized interpretations of flood risk and steps to mitigate flood impacts or lower your insurance premiums

Whether you rent or own, make sure you’re covered! New flood insurance policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. Purchase now so you can be covered before a storm hits. Find out more plus additional resources, including Know Your Zone, at

Be sure to follow Facebook and Twitter for more information, tools and resources. Visit to sign up for Norfolk Alert to get the latest information on city operations in the event of a storm.