Programs for City Youth


2018 Let's Move Summer Program Recreation Summer Program 2018

Petersburg Recreation Let's Move Summer Program will operate  July 2 - August 16, 2018, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00-4:00PM.  The program  will engage city youth between the ages of 6 to 12 in interactive activities that will focus on fitness, health, reading, gardening, golf, fishing, etiquette & chivalry sessions and so much more. You can register your child now until June 15, 2018. The program is for Petersburg Residents only and it is a free program.  Breakfast/Lunch will be served daily and transportation provided (based on bus schedule).  For additional information please call 804-324.4014 or 4015. 

Summer Fun = Swimming at the Farmer Street City PooL

Farmer Street Swimming Pool

The Farmer Street Pool will open Saturday, June 16,  2018, (weekends only until June 30, 2018) - we are in need of Head Lifeguard and Lifeguards. Please refer potential applicants to our online application process 

Hours of Operation - Monday thru Saturday, 1:00-5:00PM

Holiday Hours - 

Independence Day,  July 4, 2018, 1:00-6:00PM

Labor Day, September 3, 201, 1:00-6:00PM

All pool participants must complete a registration form. Ages 18 & over will present Identification upon entering the pool site.

All children Ages 10 & under must have a parent or guardian 18 years or older accompany him or her the duration of time at the pool site. 

All users must wear swim wear (swim shorts with string, bathing suit). Please read all posted materials at the pool concerning safety, rules and pool etiquette. The ratio of Lifeguard to pool users: 1:25. Food and beverages are not allowed  (exception) plastic water bottles and sports drinks are allowed.

For additional information, please call 804-324-4014.

Johnny E. Rowe, Sr. Youth Baseball Program  

Petersburg Youth Baseball

The Johnny E. Rowe, Sr. Little League Baseball Program serves as a foundation for Skill Development, Character Development and Life Skills for the youth in Petersburg.  Johnny E. Rowe, Sr  coached many of our city youth and served as Father to many of young males in the City of Petersburg. His legacy of dedication, caring, and love of baseball will forever be etched in the minds of so many Petersburg residents both old and youth. 

SUMMER Sci-tastic Camp 

Petersburg Sci-Tastic Camp

Virginia State University in partnership with, St. Stephen's  Episcopal Church, and Petersburg Parks and Leisure Services is sponsoring a free three-week science camp for rising 4th and 5th graders. The 2018 Sci-Tastic (Science is Fantastic) camp will be held July 2 through 17, Mondays through Thursdays in the parish hall of St. Stephen's Church. The camp hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Each week, campers will witness science come alive through exciting hands-on investigations in physics, engineering, and biology, and fun, educational field trips. Registration, which closes June 12th, is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feel free this information to others.

Please click the below link to register for this program.
Contact Dr. Trina Spencer or 804-524-6165 or the Recreation Office 804-324-014.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Let's Move After School Program 

Parks & Leisure Services offers a dynamic and enriching "Let's Move - After School Program"  for Petersburg residents grades (3rd) third thru (7th) seventh . The program areas  focus on academic support, youth develop, physical fitness, health/nutrition, mentoring and recreation.

Effective after school programs produce positive outcomes, improves academic performance, improves attendance at school, provides a safe haven, improves healthy food intake and increases the amount of time a child engages in positive relationships.

The program begins September 18, 2017 and will end June 1, 2018.  The following partners will offer programs during the Let's Move After School Program.

Petersburg (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - Linking our Youth to the STEAM Effect Program will be held on Wednesdays. The goal is to engage at risk youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in an effort to increase the number of minority  students entering the field of Science, Technology and Engineering. Most recently in partnership with the Petersburg (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated announced the newly established NSBE, JR (National Society of Black Engineers).  The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees.NSBE, JR (Petersburg Links and Petersburg Recreation Partnership

Virginia FeedMore Program (Virginia Food Bank) - provides HOT nutritional  meals daily to increase the intake of healthy meals received during the "Out of School Time".

Petersburg Recreation in partnership with the Virginia Food Bank

Golden Girls Gardening Program - provides gardening classes for the After School Students both hands on instruction as well as classroom instruction.  In addition the Golden Girls offer an Etiquette and Chivalry Class for the students.

Petersburg Recreation & the Golden Girls Garden Program

Optima Health (Health Education Awareness Program) W.H.A.T. Matters (W-Well Being, H-Health, A-Attitude, T-Thoughts) - students will engage in physical fitness competitions, Art Expression, and Open Mic Discussion concerning WHAT Matters.

Virginia State University - provide college students to assist with the program and serve as mentors.

Virginia State University Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center - provides opportunities for youth to engage in environmental and educational programs.

  • Transportation will be provided from the school to the After School Site. 
  • Hot Meals served daily
  • Fitness Competitions 
  • STEAM Program 
  • Homework Assistance
  • Spelling Bee
  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Library Visits  
  • Kickball League
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Chivalry Camp 
  • Tennis Camp 
  • Kickball League and Tournament
  • Movie Time
  • Gardening
  • Etiquette/Chivalry

Registration:  You may obtain a registration form from the Parks & Leisure Services Office, 1937 Johnson Road, Monday thru Friday 8:30-5:00PM. Deadline to register: Until FULL. If you have any additional  questions - please call 804-324-4014.