ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
One of the primary responsibilities of Hopewell Recreation and Parks is to provide a variety of meaningful and engaging activities for the general public. The Recreation Services team is responsible for planning, facilitating, and evaluating the department's programs and events. The team offers hundreds of programs each year that cover a wide range of topics and community interests. Most programs are designed to be inclusive of the entire community and are offered at low or no cost. Many activities are adaptable to accommodate persons of all abilities. Whether you attend a large event like Fireworks on the Appomattox or a small program like Wiggles and Giggles, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience!
Another primary responsibility of Hopewell Recreation and Parks is the management of more than 200 acres of park lands including 14 parks, 10 playgrounds, 2 athletic complexes, trails, and natural areas. Hopewell is also fortunate to have unique facilities like the Hopewell Riverwalk, the Hopewell City Marina, and the Hopewell Community Center. The management of these facilities is the responsibility of the Park Services Division. This team of hardworking staff is responsible for daily routine maintenance including refuse removal, landscaping, specialty mowing, carpentry, general repairs, logistics, and warehousing. The Park Services team also assists with special projects like playground construction and provides vital support to city emergency operations in the time of need.
Through its programming and facilities, the department always maintains a focus on environmental stewardship and conservation. As a city located on two rivers, Hopewell thrives on the health of its natural environment and public access to natural resources. The Recreation and Parks Department often serves as the leader in environmental education opportunities and other projects like tree planting events, classroom education, river clean-ups, and invasive species removal efforts. The department received the Best New Environmental Sustainability Project award for its work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on the Hopewell Restoration Project.
Although many efforts to improve overall health and wellness have been successful, Hopewell still struggles with health outcomes and health factors according to data presented in the County Health Rankings study. Hopewell Recreation and Parks employs a variety of healthy lifestyle opportunities into it's programming and policy development. The department offers free fitness classes, gardening programs, wellness seminars, and other resources for citizens. Recently, the department led the effort to achieve platinum status in the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities and Towns Campaign.
The Hopewell Community Center serves as the hub of operations for the entire department. At the Community Center, guests will be welcomed by members of our Customer Service Team. The team is prepared to assist customers with all needs including general inquiries, program registrations, facility rentals, membership sales, appointment scheduling, and more. The customer service team also assists with the department's information sharing strategies and ensures that the latest department news and announcements are available through a variety of platforms. Stop by the Hopewell Community Center today, shoot us an email, or give us a ring to let the Customer Service team answer all of your questions!
Administration is led by the director of Recreation and Parks and includes members of the department's executive management team. The director oversees a variety of complex tasks relative to daily operations as well as long-range strategic planning and policy development. The director manages the employee performance process to ensure that all staff are meeting benchmarks for success. The director prepares and presents reports to the City Manager and City Council regarding policies, fees, budget, and other announcements. The director serves as the ex-officio to the Recreation Advisory Commission and represents the department as a member of various boards, commissions, and committees.