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Enjoy a sprinkle of cheer at the inaugural Suffolk Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park. This drive-through light display will be open November 20th at 5:30 p.m. – December 30th at 9:30 p.m. The display will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

View five holiday light themes as you enjoy a quaint Festival of Lights drive-through display at Suffolk's Sleepy Hole Park.

Sleepy Hole Park is located at 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chelsea Morgan at 757-514-7267.

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Department Closings/Postponements

  • Recreation Centers - ONLY Fitness Centers at East Suffolk Recreation Center and Whaleyville Recreation Center are open.  All other recreation center amenities are closed.
  • Suffolk Art Gallery- Open to the public. Masks are required while inside the gallery and visitation is limited to 34 people at a time. 
  • Administration Office- Closed to the public
  • Cypress Park Pool is now open.
  • Basketball Courts- All basketball courts are closed
  • Summer Camp Program Updates: Select camp locations to begin June 29 with limited capacity

Suffolk Fine Arts Commission Grant

The Suffolk Fine Arts Commission announces the availability of funds for its Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Grant Program. The purpose of the Grant Program is to increase community access to high quality art to include, but not limited to, visual and performing arts. The program is open to any organization or individual whose project promotes this purpose in the City of Suffolk. This Grant is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Suffolk Fine Arts Commission will review all Grant requests and determine the number and amount of Grants to be awarded.

The Suffolk Fine Arts Commission is now accepting Grant applications. The submission deadline is Friday, July 31. Applications must be mailed or delivered to Michael Frickanisce, Suffolk Fine Arts Commission Liaison, at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 134 South 6th Street, Suffolk, VA 23434, no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31. Faxed or emailed applications are not acceptable.

You may retrieve the application here, or request by email: mfrickanisce@suffolkva.us.

For more information, please call 514-7257.

Blackwater River Park Project

The Department of Parks and Recreation has received preliminary approval for two grants to work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in order to purchase and subdivide 338 acres of property located on the Blackwater River.  The City would develop a portion of the property as a public park with water access to the Blackwater River.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

As a recipient of several state and national awards, the excellence that is exhibited in our Parks and Recreation facilities are rated second to none.  The City of Suffolk  Parks and Recreation Department is a fully accredited agency achieving 100% of the standards for best practices!  We officially join the ranks of one of the 100 best Parks and Recreation agencies in the nation!   

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