Armed Services YMCA, of the USA
Promotes physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth to active-duty military personnel and their dependents through programs and services.

Bldg 1504 A, 3rd Floor
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Portsmouth, VA 23709

(757) 396-1950 phone
(757) 363-1953 fax

The Courthouse Galleriesr
Provides cultural and aesthetic experiences for museum visitors through the use of changing exhibitions in all media. Offers classes, lectures, performances, and demonstrations to stimulate interest in the arts.

420 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-8543 phone
(757) 393-5228 fax

Boy Scouts of America, Inc.-Tidewater Council
Serves others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical decisions during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

1032 Heatherwood Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455-6675

(757) 497-2688 phone
(757) 473-3305 fax

Center for Community Development, Inc.
Urban Arts Center

Provides assistance to low- and moderate-income persons and their families to rehabilitate existing older homes and build newly constructed homes in targeted neighborhoods. Also provides entrepreneurial training and start-up loans for individuals to become business owners.

Suite 204
440 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 399-0925 phone
(757) 399-2642 fax

Children's Museum of Virginia
Provides a public cultural facility which offers children hands-on exhibits where they learn by doing.

221 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-5258 phone

Virginia Cooperative Extension/4-H Club

A joint program sponsored by Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and local governments. Extension provides educational programs conducted in the workplace, schools, and communities in VA. Extension agents teach people innovative ways to solve problems and use researched-based information from Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities.
4-H is an informal, practical learn-by-doing, fun and educational program for youth 5-18 years old.
Volunteer training for club leadership is available by contacting the Extension Office at 393-5197.

105 Utah Street 
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-5197 phone 

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Provides resident camps, June through August, offering girls age 5 to 17 an outdoor experience. Folders with complete information are available in March. Day camps in various locations operate for 1 to 4 weeks each summer. For some camps, there are buses.

912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322-7002

(757) 547-4405, Ext. 242 phone
(757) 547-1872 fax

Girls Inc. Center for Youth of Southwest Hampton Roads
Provides programs for youth to help them become responsible, productive adults. Programs include aquatics, summer day camp and community service activities as well as being a vigorous advocate for girls, with focus on their special needs.

5905 Portsmouth Boulevard
P.O. Box 3975
Portsmouth, VA 23701

(757) 465-3896 phone
(757) 465-4071 fax

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation, Inc.
Provides services to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed and to provide public access for environmental education, research and recreation consistent with good stewardship.

Suite 404
505 Washington Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 398-9151 phone
(757) 398-9151 fax

Lightship Museum
Provides an actual lightship from the early 1900s for public viewing. The Lightship Museum is Portsmouth's second National Historic Landmark.

Water Street at corner of
London Boulevard
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-8740 phone
(757) 393-5244 fax

Portsmouth Youth Sports
Call Community Recreation & Leisure Services or Click Here for a listing of sports leagues that are available for your child.

Tony Colden
(757) 393-8481 phone

Little Theatre of Portsmouth
Offers a community-based theater program open to the general public for auditions and participation in theater productions. Three plays are offered a season. Admission is $12.00 for the general public and $10.00 for senior citizens. Seasonal membership is also available. The season's play schedule is available after July 15.

1404 Elmhurst Lane
P.O. Box 1404
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 488-7866 phone

Portsmouth Community Relations and Leisure Services
This Department exists to create enjoyable and wholesome activities for citizens through recreation and leisure activities.

Portsmouth City Park
140 City Park Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23701-1567
(757) 465-2937 phone

Cavalier Manor Recreation Center
404 Viking Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701-3216
(757) 558-2805 phone
(757) 558-2804 gym phone

Cradock Recreation Center
4300 George Washington Highway
Portsmouth, VA 23702-2860
(757) 391-3264 phone

J.E. Parker Recreation Center
2430 Turnpike Road
Portsmouth, VA 23704-2941
(757) 393-8340 phone

Neighborhood Facility Center
900 Elm Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704-4112
(757) 393-8595 phone

Port Norfolk Recreation Center
432 Broad Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707-2004
(757) 393-8709 phone

The Senior Station
3500 Clifford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707-2004
(757) 391-3241 phone

The J.F. Kennedy Teen Center
12 Grand Street
Portsmouth, VA 23702
(757) 393-8340 phone

Therapeutic Recreation
(757) 393-8340 phone

Portsmouth City Park
Provides wholesome recreation facility to citizens of all ages for boating, tennis, picnic, jet ski, volleyball, horseshoes, meeting room, weddings in Friendship Gardens, two playgrounds, golf, amphitheater (entertainment) and special events.

140 City Park Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 465-2937 phone
(757) 393-8265 fax

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Provides a historical documentary on the development of the city of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, now known as Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

2 High Street
P.O. Box 248
Portsmouth, VA 23705

(757) 393-8591 phone
(757) 393-5244 fax

Portsmouth Public Library
Provides the citizens of Portsmouth a safe, accessible, attractive place conducive to learning, research, creativity and enjoyment.

Churchland Branch Library
3215 Academy Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23703

Cradock Branch Library
28 Prospect Parkway

Portsmouth, VA 23702

Manor Branch Library
1401 Elmhurst Lane
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Main Branch
601 Court Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-8501 phone
(757) 393-5107 fax

Portsmouth Senior Citizens Center
Provides information on supportive services, socialization, and all recreation which include arts and crafts, trips, special events, ceramics, health screenings, etc. for residents age 55 and older. Additional services include telephone reassurance and helping the elderly apply for fuel assistance and real estate tax relief.

3500 Clifford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707

(757) 391-3241 phone
(757) 391-3243 fax

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Provides a museum showcasing memorabilia from Virginia's rich sports history.

420 High Street
P.O. Box 370
Portsmouth, VA 23705

(757) 393-8031 phone
(757) 393-5228 fax

Effingham Street YMCA
Provides programs for all individuals designed to contribute to their physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth.

1013 Effingham Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 399-5511 phone
(757) 399-4979 fax

YMCA of Portsmouth
Handles the business affairs and administers the scholarship program which is available for all programs at the YMCA of Portsmouth. OTHER PERSONNEL: Nancy Wren, President.

4900 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23703

(757) 483-9622 phone
(757) 483-4896 fax

Youth Matter, Inc.
Provides assistance, support, and prevention programs for at-risk children and youth that aid in development of knowledge, skills and abilities important for community living.
Include Marching Jaguars Drum Corps.

P.O. Box 396
Portsmouth, VA 23705

(757) 399-3288 phone
(757) 397-2139 fax


This site does not include all human service programs serving Portsmouth residents.
For additional services, contact The Planning Council Web site at