Norfolk recognizes the value of strong recreation centers that enrich the quality of life for participants by providing a continuum of services. These services are delivered in a manner that ensures collaboration with residents and businesses to achieve the city's priority of creating safe, healthy, and inclusive communities. Educational and recreational activities offered at the recreation centers cover five core service areas to include:
Health and physical activities
Outdoor and environmental education
Personal development and life skills
Particular emphasis is placed on the building and reinforcement of a positive self-image and the positive expression of cooperative feelings in group situations.