Photo by Erick Chavez

Photo by Erick Chavez

Vontray (Von) Norris

director of Recreation and Community Services

(310) 349-1640  Email

Recreation and Community Services are basic dynamics of a healthy community. We can enrich the quality of lives by nurturing the environment, the health and the well-being of our economy

Vontray Norris joined the City of Hawthorne in 2017 as the Community Service Manager for the Recreation and Community Service Department. Raised in the Holly Park area of Hawthorne, Mr. Norris attended St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, California. He attended California State University, Long Beach obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Municipal Recreation. Prior to Vontray coming on board to the City of Hawthorne, he worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. His career has provided him with over twenty three years of experience in Municipal Recreation serving in multiple capacities, which includes managing multiple recreation facilities and providing leadership training to other recreation professionals.


City of Hawthorne Recreation and Community Services Department strives to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing safe, positive and active opportunities within our community that embrace diversity and promote social connections, wellness, civic pride, and lifelong learning.



  • Kywanna Bowie, Recreation Supervisor

  • Brenda Williams, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

  • Gerardo Iriarte, Recreation Specialist

  • William Gerten, Park Maintenance Supervisor

  • Raynard Bass, Park Maintenance Crew Leader

  • Diane Brown, Senior Center Specialist

What's New

The Recreation & Community Services 2019 Calendar is available for download. Please click on the link below

2019 Calendar

The Bunny Breakfast 2019 was held April 13th at the Hawthorne Memorial Center and was sponsored by the City of Hawthorne Recreation and Community Services Department.

Children of all ages enjoyed a pancake breakfast, carnival games, face painting, egg hunt, puppet show and a picture opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

Futsal Court Dedication at Jim Thorpe Park

The LA Galaxy Foundation in partnership with Herbalife  hosted a grand opening ceremony to dedicate two new mini-pitches at Jim Thorpe Park on December 4, 2017. The field is opened in conjunction with the City of Hawthorne, Department Recreation & Community Services and Hawthorne Police Department.  Due to the overwhelming success at the Memorial Park Futsal courts, Herbalife and the LA Galaxy have come together to create two additional small sided soccer courts at Jim Thorpe Park.  A soccer clinic for 50 local youth immediately followed the opening ceremony.  It is the focus of the LA Galaxy Foundation and Herbalife to help children pursue healthy, happy active lifestyles.  Dignitaries in attendance included; Mayor Alex Vargas, City Council, City Manager Arnie Shadbehr, the Chief of Police Robert Fager, Recreation & Community Services Manager, Hawthorne Police Department, Director of the LA Galaxy Foundation Lauren Nowinski and Gyasi Zardes LA Galaxy Professional Soccer Player

Bicentennial Park was officially opened on June 17, 2017. The park is located at 13106 Doty in Hawthorne. The park offers a fun new green space for the community to enjoy..

Memorial Park Tot Lot

Effective September 15th changes to MTA’s fair structure and rate increase will take affect.  Hawthorne Seniors are able to re-load monthly MTA passes at a discount please contact 310/349-1650 for further information.  Further information to MTA fare changes can be found at the links below:

Information for the Disabled:

The City of Hawthorne Recreation & Community Services Department intends to comply with the American Disability Act. If you are disabled and need special accommodations to participate in any of the Department's programs, please notify the Department at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of such program and we will attempt to reasonably respond to your needs.

The Recreation & Community Services Department wishes to thank you in advance for your cooperation, should you have any questions, please call the department office 

Informacion en Espanol:
Para informacion en Espanol respecto a cual quier pregrama registrado dentro del folleto favor, deponerse en contacto con el Departamento de Servicios del la Comunidad.

Lunes - Viernes 10:00am - 2:00pm

Senior Citizen Commission

The City of Hawthorne recently established a Senior Citizen Commission.  If you are at least 50 years of age, reside in the City of Hawthorne and are interested in Senior Citizen programs and issues, why not consider serving on our new commission.  Applications are available in the City Clerk's office of City Hall.  Appointments are made by the Mayor and City Council.  Meetings will be held monthly.  For more information please call 310 349-1640.