About Us

Suffolk, an expansive 430 square miles of pristine wilderness, sparkling waterways, and old-fashioned charm, is a city on the move. Change is constant, controlled, and exciting... It's a good time to be in Suffolk!

Purpose


The purpose of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide the resources and opportunities for leisure activities for the citizens of Suffolk. The Department has four divisions: Administration, Support Services, Recreation and Parks, and Facilities Maintenance.

The Administrative Division


This division provides long range planning, policy development and implementation, research and personnel development. This department also oversees all capital projects at all regional parks and recreation facilities, which include community and neighborhood parks. It is also responsible for the supervision and management of all departmental divisions and serves as liaison to the City Manager's office and the public.

The Support Services Division


The Support Services Division is responsible for revenue development, fiscal management and special events. They develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan for all of the department's programs, special events, classes, activities and facilities. This division also publishes the tri-annual "Don't Hesitate... Recreate!" leisure guide.

The Parks, Gateways, & Facilities Maintenance Division


This division is responsible for the maintenance and operation of 21 community parks, four regional parks, recreation and rental facilities and maintenance of the City's gateway corridors. This includes preparing ball fields, maintaining grounds, grass mowing, building maintenance, and custodial services.

The Recreation Services Division


The Recreation Division plans and implements recreational and leisure programs for all ages, including: athletics, leagues, tournaments and municipal pool operations. Since 1974, this division has sponsored programs for senior citizens and has operated the Senior Service Center in downtown since 1979. It has managed the Suffolk Art Gallery for over 16 years, bringing Suffolk citizens exhibits, visual art classes and performing artists. The division's summer enrichment program, after school programs and outdoor camps serve children ages 6-15 throughout Suffolk.