City of Norfolk announces new operations for libraries, recreation centers

Posted at 3:43 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 15:43:59-04

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk has announced new hours and operations for its libraries and recreation centers.

Starting November 2, the Norfolk Public Library will reopen three additional neighborhood branches, and Recreation, Parks and Open Space will reopen indoor pools. Slover will have new operating hours starting October 24.

To follow Department of Health guidelines while providing resources to the community, the following branches will operate two days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Neighborhood BranchAddressDays of Operation
Barron F. Black6700 E. Tanners Creek DriveTuesday & Wednesday
Park Place620 W. 29th StreetThursday & Friday
Van Wyck1368 De Bree AvenueMonday & Friday

All open NPL locations are Grab-n-Go.

The Jordan-Newby and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branches will keep the same operating hours, which are Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Below are the new operating hours for first floor browsing and Grab-n-Go for Slover Library, starting October 24:

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting November 2, RPOS will reopen indoor pools at the following locations:

Indoor PoolAddressOperating Days/Hours
Northside Swimming Pool8401 Tidewater DriveMonday & Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Huntersville Community Center830 Goff StreetWednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Southside Aquatics Center (SSAC)1750 Campostella Road

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Only registered participants are allowed in the facility.

Each facility has a maximum occupancy of 30 members at a time

  • One participant per lane (six lanes total)
  • Five to seven participants for non-lane swimming
  • 15 max participants in the multi-purpose room

All participants are required to reserve space for pool use. Reservations can be made online here. Lane reservations cannot exceed 30 minutes, and non-lane reservations cannot exceed 40 minutes.

Masks are required while not in the pool. Locker rooms will remain closed, based on recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.

Recreational walk-in pool usage is temporarily discontinued until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

For more information, visit the NPL , Slover and RPOS web pages.