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Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Newport News

Spring/Summer 2019

It’s Beautiful Outside!


Michael Poplawski Director


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Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center Instructional Classes Youth Programs Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Active Lifestyles Community Centers Tennis Sports Leagues Aquatics Golf Parks & Leeward Marina Museums & Historic Services Special Events

Tammy Jordan Assistant Director, Recreation William Roche Assistant Director, Parks Cindy Brouillard Director of Tourism

Main Office: 700 Town Center Drive, Suite 320 Newport News, VA 23606 Website: Email: Phone: 757-926-1400 Fax: 757-926-1460

Newport News Tourism

The Latest Newport News Visitor Guide- Explore and experience all that Newport News has to offer with our 2019 Newport News Visitor Guide, a great resource for anyone expecting visitors to the area, planning a reunion, or simply interested in learning more about the city. Coupons offered in the guide provide discounted admission to some of our most popular attractions, plus there’s a coupon for 25% off any purchase over $20 at the Newport News Visitor Center gift shop. Pick up this free publication at the Newport News Visitor Center and at many attractions throughout the city. 3 Barrels 3 Cities- Launching in the spring of 2019 will be our newly developed spirits trail, called 3 Barrels 3 Cities. Similar in concept to 4 Taps 4 Cities (introduced last year), the trail will be listed in our Toast the Coast Pocket Guide. To participate, simply visit one distillery in each of the three participating cities (Newport News, Hampton, and Smithfield), where your pocket guide will be stamped. Once you’ve completed three visits, turn in your stamped pocket guide to receive some cool Toast the Coast gear! While enjoying the Toast the Coast Trail, please remember to drink responsibly. New Bike Trails Map- A new online resource will be available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. Trails will be separated into three categories: leisure, mountain, and road biking and will include interactive maps, downloadable PDFs, and a brief description of each. Look for an update this summer on our website at For more information about these and other happenings in Newport News, call 757-886-7777 or visit the Newport News Visitor Center at 13560 Jefferson Ave. (Exit 250B from I-64). And did you know that our Visitor Center is also a great place to shop for that special souvenir? Visit us from 9 am to 5 pm daily and find out for yourself!

May Day on the James Tour- Celebrate 2019 Historic Garden Week on May 1 in Newport News. Four private homes in one of the most popular neighborhoods along the historic James River will be on tour, as well as the courtyard garden at The Mariners’ Museum. A “Flowers After Hours” wineand-cheese reception and a visit to The Mariners’ Museum add to the day’s enjoyment.


Building Community Through the Arts 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 · 757-247-8950 ·

Enroll in weekly sessions with Summer by DESIGN! Downing-Gross will feature week-long workshops for youth during the summer. Spanning from visual to performing arts, these fun-filled sessions offer variety for kids and flexibility for parents. To learn more about Summer by DESIGN, visit the programs page on our website.

Signature Events


Rental Facilities

March 1

Anderson Johnson Gallery Working in the Spirit: The Visionary Art & Life of Elder Anderson Johnson, 1915 – 1998

Consider having your next gathering here! Check out our website for more details. Rentals starting at ONLY $20/hour!

Decades of Dance: The Roaring Twenties

March 2

Myra Smith's Ladies in Red Concert & Award Show

March 8 (SOLD OUT) KevOnStage LIVE 3Sixty Concert Series

March 15 Decades of Dance: The Groovin' Seventies

Newport News Community Gallery Highlighting local youth and adult artists, this rotating gallery features a variety of shows throughout the year. · Upcoming Exhibits · A Space Of Our Own Evolution of an Initial Impact (-ism)

April 26-27 The Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival

Featured Event The Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival

May 9 Iris Goode presents For Colored Girls

This year's festival will begin on April 26th with the "Ladies of Song" vocal competition featuring talented female vocalists from Hampton Roads. It will end on April 27th with a concert starring Regina Belle and featuring the Unifics.

May 17 Decades of Dance: The Swinging Fourties

June 27

Terrance Afer-Anderson's Hiram and Nettie

July 19 Decades of Dance: Present-Day

Spring Break 2019

Register for our puppet-making camp for youth - April 1-5, 2019

James Cooper of TLC Puppets will teach basic puppet design, mask-making and papier-mâché.

The Newsome House

2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2360| for visitors & tours: Thurs. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm

Honoring the legacy of Joseph Thomas Newsome by engaging the public in an ongoing study and remembrance of African American history and culture. For more information on this historic site, including their upcoming events, be sure to visit!


Instructional Classes For our current class descriptions, schedules, locations, registration fees, and pictures: visit and click Online Program Registration or call 926-1400. Like us on Facebook: Newport News PR&TInstructional & Facilities See Special Offers, New Classes & More!


Good things come to those who create! Express yourself, learn a new skill and meet some new friends. No matter your age or ability, you’ll be inspired to add a splash of color to your life! Acrylic Painting Drawing & Painting for Teens & Adults Art for Home School Students Furniture Mixed Media Oil Painting One Stroke Painting Painting with Instruction Pee Wee Picassos Pop of Color Young Artist Learning Explorers


Want to become more tech savvy? Join us and learn how to create everything from spreadsheets and presentations to motion graphics and video games. Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Robots Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Castles Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Part 2 Adobe Photoshop Making Toys Move (Stop-Motion Lego brick animation) Typing 101 Word Processing Spreadsheets Presentations


Are you an aspiring chef or baker? Have a sweet tooth? Or, enjoy Spanish cuisine? We offer creative classes to tempt your taste buds. Chocolate Camp Spanish Cooking

Dance From the grace and beauty of ballet to the energy

and excitement of hip-hop, dance is an engaging and contagious form of expression and exercise. Whether it’s jazz, tap or even hula, our classes get you up and moving! Ballet - Level 1 & 2 Ballet, Tap & Jazz Ballet/Jazz - Level 1 Ballet/Tap - Level 1 Ballet & Tap Combo Kids Dance Party Jazz/Tap - Level 1 Tiny Tots Ballet Polynesian and Hula

Fabric & Thread Whether you’re a life-long needle-worker or just received your first sewing machine, we offer classes that teach you how to knit, sew, quilt and hem!

Hemming Knitting Quilting Quilting Lock-ins Needle & Thread Thursdays Scandinavian Sweater Sewing – Beginner & Intermediate Adults Love to Sew I & II Kids Love to Sew I & II Understanding Your Sewing Machine Zipper Practice

Instructional Classes

City Arts Dance Company City Arts Dance Company is looking for you! The Company is an auditioned recreational dance group for boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 16. Dancers have weekly technical training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap, and many other dance genres. The Company performs at local festivals, competitions, and shows. If you have 1 - 2 years of dance experience, a love of dance, and shine on stage, then City Arts Dance Company is perfect for you! Auditions for 2019-2020 season are on June 22 at Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Blvd., 23608) and August 17 at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Drive, 23601) at the following times: Ages 4 1/2 - 6 from 11 am - 12 pm Ages 7 - 9 from 12:30 - 2 pm Ages 10 - 16 from 2:30 -4 pm For more information or to register for an audition, contact us at:


Our classes are offered to participants as young as 10 months old. Throughout our progressive programs, qualified instructors assist young gymnasts in developing total body strength, balance, coordination, tumbling skills and confidence. Big Kid’s Gym Boy’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Dynamic Duo I & II Free PLay Girl’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Gymini Crickets I, II & Advanced Home School Gymnastics Open Gym Private Lessons Spring Break Camp Spring Recital Stay & Play Summer Camp Young Gymini Crickets Notes for Gymnastics Classes: ·Long hair should be pulled back ·Leotard or shorts with a tucked-in tee shirt are acceptable attire ·Participants should enter the gym with bare feet ·Parent participation is required for children under the age of 3


Riverview Gymnastics Center “Decades of Flipping”

20th Birthday Party March 25 - 30

Five decades ago, the City of Newport News Recreation and Parks Department added Gymnastics classes to the Instructional Division/ Programs. In the early years, the classes were held in the halls and gyms of local schools. Due to increased enrollment, the program which required more equipment and more space, was moved to the second floor of the Warwick Courthouse. The second floor included a foam carpeted room with one regulation sized balance beam, a set of uneven bars, and a vault table. After three decades at the Courthouse, the City created a state-of-theart facility dedicated to gymnastics. In March of 1999, the City opened the new gymnasium in Riverview Farm Park and named it the Riverview Gymnastics Center. The Center, equipped with two sets of uneven bars, a tumble track, large spring floor, vault and other Olympic regulation-sized equipment became home to the Super Kids show team and the renowned, competitive gymnastics team, the Flipateers. Two decades after the doors opened in 1999, the Center continues to grow its program and offers a wide variety of cutting-edge instructional classes, recitals, camps, open gyms, private lessons, party packages, show/ competitive gymnastics and dance teams. Be sure to join us March 25 – 30, for special programing and a Birthday Party to celebrate the 20th year of the Riverview Gymnastics Center. For more information, call the Center at 757-886-2729, check out www. or visit us on Facebook, Newport News PR&T – Instructional and Facilities.

JOIN OUR GYMNASTICS TEAM The Riverview Gymnastics Flipateers are a recreational team for boys and girls ages 4 to 16. The team competes in gymnastics meets and performs at local events and parades. If you have a love of gymnastics, would like to build strength, and improve flexibility, agility, and power, then the Flipateers are perfect for you! The Flipateers will hold tryouts for 2019-2020 season at Riverview Gymnastics Center (125 City Farm Road, 23602) on the following schedule: Sunday, June 23: Superkids (Ages 4-8) & Boys Level 4 & up: 12 pm - 1 pm Girls Level 3: 1:30 pm - 3 pm Girls Level 4 & up: 3:30 pm - 5 pm For more information about the Flipateers or to register for tryouts, contact us at

Riverview Gymnastics Center

125 City Farm Road, Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-2729 Gymnastics Area • Tumble Trak • Dance Rooms Multi-purpose Rooms • Birthday Parties • Camps


Instructional Classes

Health & Fitness


Intimidated by big gyms? Need help getting motivated? Whether you have a specific goal or just want to push yourself to the next level, we offer classes for all ages and fitness levels.

Have you have ever wanted to learn to read music and play an instrument? How about reduce stress, increase productivity and develop creativity? Our innovative and fun classes are offered to both children and adults.

Yoga Buns & Tums Group Indoor Cycling Mixxed Fit Step & Sculpt

Adult Guitar Clarinet Ensemble Fun Piano Adventures Guitar or Ukulele Adventures Keyboarding Fun for Adults & Seniors Learning with Hymn Little One’s on the Drums Make Your Own Instruments Music & Motions (a percussion based music class) More with Music More with Music (Part 2 Piano, Guitar, Ukulele) Piano Adventures Jr.


Learning new languages increases creativity and your competitive edge in the workplace. They also help improve your overall communication and social skills. American Sign Language – Beginner & Intermediate Introductory Japanese – Beginner & Intermediate

Personal Development With our Personal Development offerings, you can learn a new skill and earn certifications. Heartsaver CPR, First Aid & AED Intro to Aviation – Ground School Intro to Photography Social Media Theater


We offer a wide variety of sports classes in safe and fun environments. Our classes teach skill development and team work, starting at age three and continuing through adulthood.

Martial Arts Our martial arts classes promote fitness, confidence and self-discipline.

Whether you’re interested in learning basic self-defense or a grappling system, our class sizes provide personal attention from qualified instructors at prices that can’t be beat! Aikido Hapkido Self Defense Japanese Sword Arts Kindai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Kung Fu – Children & Adults Shito-Ryu Karate Shorin-Ken Karate Tae Kwon Do Youth Fitness Karate

Basketball Skills & Drills Beginner Boxing for Children & Adults Boxing Fitness for Children & Adults Boxing - Intermediate for Children & Teens Boxing Orientation for Children & Adults “Little Sports” Class Flag Football Academy Ice Skating-Beginners Ice Skating-Kids Beginner Ice Skating-Tiny Tots Field Hockey Skills & Drills N Zone Jr. Golf N Zone Jr. T-Ball Parent & Child Soccer Soccer Skills & Drills

Three Ways to Register for Instructional Classes


Instructional Classes Registration Information for Instructional Programs

In-Person Registration:

Registration Dates: Registration will open on the first Monday of the month prior to the session beginning. Sessions begin: January (Winter), April (Spring), July (Summer), October (Fall).

Phone Registration:

Payment: Registration fees must be paid in full before participating in any Instructional Program. We do not accept cash. Please make checks or money orders payable to the City of Newport News. When making a payment with a personal check, a picture form of identification is required. Credit Cards are an acceptable form of payment as well. Please do not include supply fees with class registration.

Step 1: Stop by any of our community centers or facilities. Registrations can be paid by check, money order or credit card (Visa, MC or American Express only). Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment. Step 1: Call 926-1400 or call any of our community centers to register with a credit card. Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Online Registration:

Step 1: Go to and click Online Program Registration and create an account. This is an easy process and only needs to be done once. If you need assistance, please call 926-1400 or stop by one of our centers or facilities. Step 2: After creating your account, you are ready to register for any of our classes, trips, programs or events. Please understand that there is a convenience fee which is non-refundable. Step 3: After completing your purchase, you should receive an immediate receipt from ActiveNet. You may check the status of your registration anytime by logging into your ActiveNet account. If you cannot access your ActiveNet account, call 926-1400.

Enjoy your class! We love to hear your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how we can better serve you, please let us know. Thank you! Do you have an idea for a new class? Interested in becoming an instructor? Call us at 757-926-1400!

What is “ActiveNet” and Why Would I Want to Use it?

ActiveNet is an online registration system where you can register for classes, programs, and sports leagues offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism. For fee based programs, you pay online when you register. A convenience fee is charged per transaction. This system allows you to register at your convenience 24 hours a day! Registered users receive information about special discounts and new programs. Your information is stored, so you will not have to reenter your contact information each time to sign up for a new class or program. You can always register by phone or in person at any of our recreation centers.

Enrollment: Upon opening, registrations are accepted on a “first come, first served basis.” Most classes have a maximum number of participants for quality and safety assurances. Please note that early registration is recommended. Classes that do not meet the minimum number of participants will be canceled. Please register early to help keep classes open. Liability: Before participating in any Instructional Program, participants and/or legal guardians must agree to the waiving of liability by the City of Newport News and the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Due to the strenuous nature of some activities, participants are urged to consult a physician before participating. Some activities present inherent risks and hazards, which the participant is urged to consider, and which the participant assumes. Inclement Weather Policy: During inclement weather, Instructional Programs will be closed if the City of Newport News is closed. If the City opens on a delay, classes and programs held before facilities open will be rescheduled. Classes and programs scheduled after facilities open will run as scheduled. In the event Newport News Public Schools dismiss/close early, Instructional Program classes will operate until facilities close. Classes and programs scheduled to run after facilities close will be rescheduled. During class sessions, participants may call the Instructional Programs notification service at 757-926-7277 or visit the Facebook page (Newport News PR&T – Instructional & Facilities) for the most up-to-date information. Refunds: Participants who register for classes which are canceled will be called with alternative class options or may opt to request a credit or a refund. Registrations received by check will receive a check refund, which has a processing timeline of approximately 3 weeks. Enrollees assume the risk of any changes in personal affairs or health. Cancellations: Classes that fall on City holidays will be rescheduled at a later date. In the event the instructor is unavailable, the class will be rescheduled at a later date. Parents: Children under the age of thirteen (13) must have an adult guardian on premises at all times. Parents may watch any class through the viewing glass, where available. Parent participation is required with all children under three (3) years of age and in all parent/child classes. Registration for parent/child classes is for one parent and one child. A second child of the same age group may register and attend with the same adult. Unregistered children may not be present or participate in classes (including children in car seats, carriers or strollers).


Youth Programs

Come play with us at the Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends on May 4.

Mission: Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing creative thinking though recreation and leisure activities. To register for any of these programs, please visit our website: or call us at 757-926-1400! Youth Programs will be hosting the 5th Annual Healthy Youth Day & Summer Camp Expo Saturday, April 13 from 1 pm – 5 pm. The Expo will engage youth and parents in healthy activities from food preparation to fun fitness. In addition, all summer camp options, programs, and events offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism will be showcased.

Our programs fill the necessary gap between home and school in a safe, nurturing, and caring atmosphere. We offer Before and After School Care for Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) and Middle School (6th – 8th Grade) and all-day Early Childhood Program (3 – 5-year-old) at 23 different locations for kids ranging from 3 years old – 8th grade. These locations are conveniently located in elementary schools or community centers, and participants are transported by bus to and from schools. Spring Fling Camp is offered April 1-5 from 6:00 am – 6:30 pm at both Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center. Our activity tracks are Hot Shots (3 year olds-Pre-K), All Stars (K-2nd grade), Music and Movement (K-4th grade), Engineering (3rd-4th grade) and Olympians (5th-8th grade). Summer Camp is offered June 18 - August 9 at multiple schools throughout the city. Our theme this summer is Fun Factor where kids can take on any challenge or competition through weekly themed activities, sports and recreation, and leisure activities. We also have the ability to take field trips to various locations like Rebounderz, Busch Gardens, Ocean Breeze, Bounce House, Cinemark and other fun and exciting places in our area. The last two weeks of summer, August 12 – August 23, we consolidate all summer sites to BrittinghamMidtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center.

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

5843 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23605 757-933-8900

View Our Adoptable Pets at: peninsularegionalanimalshelter

Adoption fees:

Owner surrenders, reclaims and stray drop-offs: Monday - Sunday 8 am - 5 pm

Adoption Hours: Monday: 12 pm- 5 pm Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 12 pm - 5 pm Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm Saturday: 11 am - 5pm Sunday: 12 pm -5 pm

Special Events

March: 9 Rabies Clinic at the Shelter, 9 am - 1 pm 17 St. Catrick’s Day O’doption Special 23 TACO Cat Adoption Event at St. George’s Brewery April: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month 7 - 13 Animal Control Appreciation Week 17 Celebrate the Park Off-site Adoption, 11 am - 3 pm, The Mariners Museum/ Noland Trail May: 4 Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends exhibitor booth 11 Poochella Off-site Adoption, Bea Arthur Park, Norfolk June: Kitten Shower, Passion for Compassion Week July: Christmas in July Adoption Special

Adult dogs: $50

Small dogs (under 30 lbs)/ puppies (under 1 yr): $100 Adult cats: $50 Kittens: $60 Senior animals (over 8 yrs): $38 Senior animal to senior adopter (65 + yrs): Fee is waived Pocket Pets: $5 - $20 depending on the type

Volunteers Needed!

We’re always looking for volunteers who have a passion for helping animals and their community! Opportunities include: animal care, dog walking, cat socializing, administrative tasks, off-site event support, and fostering.

July - August: Clear the Shelters National Campaign

See our website for information and the volunteer application.

• Pet rescue • Enforcement of City animal regulations


• Public education on proper animal care and licensings • Feral animal problems

For more information call 757-595-PETS


Active Lifestyles

Adding Life to Your Years Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for active living. Phone: 757-926-1400 E-mail:

Peninsula Dance Parties Saturday, March 9; Friday, April 12; Saturday, June 1 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Denbigh Community Center FREE

2019 One City Marathon Sunday, March 3 7 am – 2 pm Newport News Park to Victory Landing Park FREE to watch/fee to race 37th Annual Community Forum on Aging Wednesday, March 6 9 am – 2 pm Hampton Roads Convention Center $5 in advance/$10 at door

Website: For a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions, visit nnparksrectourism/Home Spring Class Session Begins: April 8, 2019 Summer Class Session Begins: July 8, 2019 Registration opens one month prior to each session. Find us on FACEBOOK!

May 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme is Connect, Create, Contribute which inspires older adults and the communities that they live in to: • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. • Contribute time, talent, and life experiences to benefit others. Join the Active Lifestyles Program as we celebrate the month with activities and events that promote our mission to provide opportunities for active living. Use Older Americans Month to connect with the things that encourage you to get involved the most, to engage in activities that promotes your well-being, and to find ways that benefit others. Call 757-926-1400 for more information about Older Americans Month. Join the Active Lifestyles Citizen Advisory Committee. Represent your Community / Senior Center at our bi-monthly meetings starting each January. Share your concerns, be a spokesperson for change, and enjoy being a part of a committee that promotes active living.

CarFit by S.A.L.T. Triad Monday, May 13 9:30 am – 12 pm Denbigh Community Center/FREE 20th Annual Golf Tournament Wednesday, May 22 Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, $68/golfer National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 29 Denbigh Community Center/FREE

Nominations for the 2019 Lifelong Citizenship Award Ceremony are due by July 30. Recipients of the award must be 90 years old and have lived, worshiped or worked in the City of Newport News. Event will be held in September 2019.

2019 Travel Opportunities

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

• Harrington Raceway & Casino (DE) - March 23, 2019. $40 • International Restaurant Tour: Kephi Greek Kitchen March 26, 2019. $15 Transportation • International Restaurant Tour: Le Yaca French Restaurant April 30, 2019. $15 Transportation • The Color Purple, Fredericksburg, VA - May 1, 2019. $99 • International Restaurant Tour: Bier Garden - May 28, 2019. $15Transportation • Niagara Falls, US/Canada - June 17-22, 2019. Wait List Only • International Restaurant Tour: Skrimp Shack - June 25, 2019. $4 Transportation • International Restaurant Tour: The Cockeyed Rooster Café - July 30, 2019. $15 Transportation • Fall Foliage Trip to Charlottesville, VA - October 12, 2019. $104 • Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany - Spring 2020. $TBD Check out the complete listing in the Active Lifestyles newsletter or call Angelia at 757-591-4853.

Active Lifestyles Classes Registration opens one month prior to each session. You can register for classes . . . Online at: nnparksrectourism/Home which has a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions. By Phone: 757-926-1400 In Person: At any Active Lifestyles Center or the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office (700 Town Center Dr.) Active Lifestyles Classes are offered at various times and skill levels to meet the needs of beginner to advanced students. Art Drawing Water Media Oil & Acrylic Painting Beginner to Advanced Painting Crafts & Hobbies Ceramics Learn to Play Bridge Knitting and Crochet Clubs Computer

Pick up a copy of the Active Lifestyles Newsletter at any recreation center for a complete list of current classes, trips and special events.

Dance Theater (coming Fall 2019) Line Dance (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Club & Party Style) No Tutu Required Ballet for Seniors Health & Well-Being Yoga Tai Chi Qigong (Shibachi) Movin’ On NIA: Balance, Stability & Mobility Boot Camp for Seniors Walk With Ease (WWE) Active Living Every Day (ALED) Essence of Modeling AARP Defensive Driving Courses Two-day refresher course is open to all registered drivers. Call Centers directly or visit • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center • Denbigh Community Center • Hilton Senior Center • Doris Miller Community Center Sports

• Pickleball – DCC & BMCC • Pickleball Workshop - Saturday, April 13, 9 am -1 pm. $20. Call 812-7905 to register.

Active Lifestyles


Active Lifestyles is expanding to Newport News Park! Fishing 101 Learn basic skills and casting tips for fresh-water fishing. Enjoy a friendly Fishing Competition on Wednesday, May 29 (weather permitting) at Harwood’s Mill Reservoir. FREE. Reservation required. Call 812-7905.

Walk With Ease, Walking Club & Nature Walks Join the walking club on a walk on the paved trails throughout the park. Beginning Friday, May 3, 10 am - noon. FREE. Call 812-7905 to register.

Painting in the Park - En Plein Air, Sketching, or Miniature Canvas Painting Dates: TBD. Advance registration will be required for this class. Volunteer Opportunities at Newport News Park: Wildlife Rehabilitation , Interpretive Programs Leader, Nature Center Operations, and Trail Maintenance. Training and supervision is provided.

Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue

Horseshoes • Archery • Biking • Disc Golf

Where Everyone Knows Your Name Make new friends at our Centers!

Each Active Lifestyles Center offers weekday social hours, clubs, classes, fitness activities and special events. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) 570 McLawhorne Dr., Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853 Hilton Senior Center (HSC) 605 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA 23605 757-247-2451 or 757-247-2453 Doris Miller Community Center (DMCC) 2814 Wickham Ave., Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8622 North Newport News Community Center (NNN) 605 South Ave., Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4850 Denbigh Community Center (DCC) 15198 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608 757-812-7900 Courthouse Way Community Center (CWCC) 14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-7929


Community Centers

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center 570 McLawhorne Drive Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853

50m Indoor Pool • Gymnasium Indoor Walking Track• Dance Rooms Two Performance Stages Open-air Pavilion • Multi-purpose Rooms Outdoor Playground The Aquatic Center offers lap swimming and classes and Open Recreation is offered in the gymnasium. This center is also home to an Early Childhood Program and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Denbigh Community Center

15198 Warwick Boulevard, • Double Gymnasium Newport News, VA 23608 • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room 757-812-7900

Join us for a free movie!

• Multi-purpose Rooms • Outdoor Playground • Outdoor Fitness Stations

The “young” can find fun at an Early Childhood Center and the “young at heart” can meet new friends at an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up). The double gymnasiums host sports competitions and Open Recreation Hours.

Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8603

Swim in our outdoor pool!

• Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room • Game Room • Multi-purpose Rooms • Outdoor Pool

This center offers Open Recreation Hours every week and is home to an After School Homework Club and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Courthouse Way Learn how to sew! Community Center• Dance Room 14302 Old Courthouse Way Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-7929

• Kitchen • Conference Room • Multi-purpose Rooms

“Fabric and Thread” Instructional Classes are held here and it is home to an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Community Center Room Rentals

Rental times are based on availability and reservations must be made no later than thirty days prior to and no sooner than six months prior to an event. Call the center for details and availability.

Open Recreation Hours

These are times when you can come play sports at our Community Centers without being on a team. It is free and open to the public. You must register at the front desk and check in with staff. Hours are designated by age and by which sports are available. Call or visit each center for current times.

Huntington Park Tennis Center 340 Hornet Circle, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-926-1507; Fax 757-223-0560 Email Tennis Professional- Harvey Robinson, Recreation Program Coordinator- Jeannette Davis,



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The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers a variety of activities on 20 lighted hardcourts. Classes and clinics are taught by City Tennis Professional, Harvey Robinson and/or his trained staff. Tournaments and leagues are also offered along with racquet stringing, ball machine and backboard rentals. Hours: Monday - Friday - 3 - 8 pm Saturday- 8 am - 1 pm Sunday- Based on tournaments or other activities Facility Amenities & Programs: Court Rental: $5.50/hour per court; Newport News Residents Tennis Time – Wednesday, 4 - 8 pm $2.75/hour, April - October (Proof of residency required). Tennis Leagues: (4 - 6 week session). Call for session start dates and fee. Tournaments: Call for schedule, updated frequently.

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Racquet Stringing: $15 (own string), $21 - 28 depending on type of string. Private Lessons: ½ hour = $20, 1 hour = $35, semi-private = $18/person, minimum 2 persons. Ball Machine Rental: $12/hour includes court rental. $75/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Advance reservation required. Backboard Rental: $7/hour includes court rental. $40/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Advance reservation required. Clinics: “Shot of the Day” First and Third Sundays; “Doubles Trouble” Second and Fourth Sundays; 1 - 2 pm; $14; Workout Group: Mondays, 6 - 7:30 pm; participants must play tennis at a minimum level of intermediate or higher to participate.

April 20 • May 18 • June 22 July 20 • August 17 • Sept. 7 Oct. 12 8 am – 1 pm FREE tennis court usage. Includes on and off court games, tennis, corn hole, obstacles course, etc. Racquets and tennis balls provided.

Instructional Tennis Classes:

All classes are held on a monthly (4 weeks) basis at Huntington Park Tennis Center and will be taught by Tennis Pro, Harvey Robinson and/or his trained staff. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Check class listing, day and time online.

Bouncers - Ages 4 - 9, No experience. Focus: Hand and eye coordination, basic tennis terms and strokes with an atmosphere of fun movement and games. Advanced Youth - Some experience with tennis terms and strokes, can rally with tennis pro. Focus is on movements, tennis strokes, rules and scoring. Beginner, ages 10 - adults - No experience. Focus: Basic terms, area of the courts, rules and tennis strokes Future Aces - Has experience/knowledge of all basic strokes, is somewhat consistent in hitting and has basic knowledge of match play. Future Aces is for players that has just started to play tournaments or has played very few of them. Intermediate, (Adult Level) Experience and knowledge of basic terms and strokes, has experience playing in leagues and tournaments. Focus: Adding and fine tuning game and learning strategy.



An Achievable Dream Tennis Center 1300 Ivy Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-247-2428; Fax 757-223-0560 Email: This facility consists of 4 indoor tennis courts or 3 indoor basketball courts on a tennis hard-court surface. The building is air-conditioned and heated for year-round comfort. The center will be scheduled to include specific times for tennis, basketball and various other athletic programs to include open recreation times for basketball. The facility offers facility rental for tennis, basketball, cheerleading and other activities. Liability insurance may be required. Additional fees may apply for use of special equipment and set-up.

Summer Tennis Camps Ages 5-18 (beginner – intermediate level)

Super Heroes Tennis CampJune 17 - 20; $10 discount if paid by June 3, registration deadline June 10 Space Tennis CampJuly 22 - 25; $10 discount if paid by July 8, registration deadline July 15 Sea World Tennis CampAugust 19 - 22; $10 discount if paid by August 5, registration deadline August 12 Camp Information

9 am - 1 pm daily, Fee: $140/per person, includes daily snacks. To receive early registration discount, you may call or visit the Huntington Park Tennis Center only. The discount is not available for online registration. For more information, call 757-926-1507 or email

Sports Leagues For updated information on our youth and adult athletic programming, please visit our website and check us out on our Facebook page:

Youth Sport Leagues

YOUTH SUMMER BASKETBALL For: Boys and Girls, ages 7-15 (league age as of July 1, 2019) Registration Dates (Online & In-Person): May 1 – June 8 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers throughout the City. Fee: $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 player participation fee for non-city residents Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892. YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY For: Boys and Girls, ages 6-17 Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892 for registration information. FALL OUTDOOR YOUTH SOCCER For: Boys and Girls, ages 5-17 (league age as of Sept. 1, 2019) Registration Dates (Online & In-Person): July 1 – August 10 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers throughout the City. Fee: $40 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 player participation fee for non-city residents. Contact: or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892.

Want to rent a gymnasium or an athletic field?

To rent a gymnasium in a community center, call the center where the gymnasium is located. To rent an outdoor athletic field or the Warwick Recreation Center Gymnasium, call 757-591-4892. The Warwick Recreation Center (29 Copeland Lane) is available during non-operational hours for a fee of $25/ hour. You must submit, in advance, the contract and payment. Rental reservations and contracts must be completed at the Warwick Recreation Center. Some insurance regulations may apply. Additional fees also apply for the use of special equipment and equipment set-up.

FALL YOUTH FOOTBALL/CHEERLEADING Registration begins in May. Registration dates vary by organization. FALL YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Registration begins in August. Registration dates vary by organization. Upcoming Youth Registration Dates: Please contact or call the Athletic Office at 757-591-4892 for more information.

Adult Sport Leagues SPRING ADULT SOFTBALL For: Men’s and Coed teams (18+) Interest Meeting: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Denbigh Community Center Contact: or Athletic Staff at (757) 591-4892 SUMMER ADULT FIELD HOCKEY For: Coed teams (18+) Contact: or Athletic Staff at (757) 591-4892 FALL ADULT SOFTBALL For: Men’s and Coed teams (18+) Interest Meeting: TBD Contact: or Athletic Staff at (757) 591-4892


Stoney Run Athletic Complex

15194 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608

Five multi-use athletic fields • Electronic scoreboards • Capacity for over 1,000 spectators. • Can be used for softball, youth baseball, youth soccer, kickball and field hockey • Home to weekly leagues • Available for tournament rentals



Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center

570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23601 757-591-4573 Supervisor of Aquatics and Beach Safety – Tommy Miller Aquatics Operation Coordinator – Matt Johnson Aquatics Programs Coordinator – Danita Fox Aquatics Staff Technician – Linda Elder Aquatic Center Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 9 pm, (Summer 6 am - 8 pm) Fridays: 6 am - 8 pm Saturdays: 9 am - 5 pm See Our Monthly Sundays: Closed Calendar For All Our Activities!

Brittingham-Midtown Pool Pass Information Daily Passes Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $3 $4 $3

Non-Resident $5 $6 $5

10 Visit Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $ 19 $ 24 $ 19

Non-Resident $ 26 $ 36 $ 26

30 Visit Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $ 41 $ 56 $ 41

Non-Resident $ 66 $ 86 $ 66

Annual Pass NN Resident Non-Resident Youth (3-17) $ 70 $ 110 Adult (18-54) $ 95 $ 155 Senior (55+) $ 70 $ 110 Family* $170 $ 250 *(Parent/Legal Guardian and up to 3 Children under 18) Collegiate Pass- Good for 6 months from date of purchase. Current School ID required. $50 for both NN resident or Non-NN resident.

Doris Miller Pool Operating Schedule:

Early Opening Day- Saturday, June 8, 2019 Open Saturday, June 15, 2019 to Labor Day, September 2, 2019

There is no charge for children under 3 years when accompanied by a parent unless the child is enrolled in a program. Please purchase all passes Monday through Thursday, 6 am - 8 pm, Friday 6 am – 7 pm and Saturday 9 am - 4 pm at the Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center desk. Annual passes are valid for one year. Pass holders may participate in any water fitness class. Lap Swimming: Monday - Thursday 6 am - 9 pm (Summer 6 am - 8 pm) Friday 6 am – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm * During peak program times (3:30 pm - 7 pm) there may only be 2 lanes available for lap swimming. Lap swimmers may have to share a lane during this time. Family Swim: Friday 6 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm Located in the shallow area of the pool, this time is for parents/ legal guardians to enjoy swimming with children age 13 and younger. Groups of 10 or more individuals need to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator 757-591-4573 to schedule a visit at the Aquatics Center.


June & July [August hours subject to change] Monday – Friday 12 pm - 5:45 pm Tuesday & Thursday Adult Swim Only 6 pm – 6:45 pm Saturday 12 pm to 4:45 pm, CLOSED Sundays Free Admission, Registration Required For Registration Policies and Procedures and Registration Dates, please see

2814 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607



American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

Fee: Standard Charge: $125; Ages 15 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Lifeguard Courses offered at BrittinghamMidtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 591-4573. The book that is needed for this course must be purchased from the American Red Cross prior to the first day of class. After completing the course and passing all requirements, you will receive your ARC certification. You can register for the Lifeguard class online at active or call 757-591-4573.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Fee: Standard Charge: $125, Ages 16 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Water Safety Instructor Course offered at Brittingham-Midtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 591-4573. The book that is needed for this course must be purchased from the American Red Cross prior to the first day of class. After completing the course and passing all requirements, you will receive your ARC certification. You can register for the Water Safety Instructor Course online at or call 591-4573.

Get on Board!

Check out our new FloatFit by Aquaphysical classes for a fun core workout. We can also book private group classes for teams!

Register Online: go to and click “Online Program Registration” or call 591-4573 for details. Register On Site: Monday - Friday 12 pm - 7 pm Saturday 12 pm – 4 pm


Swim Lessons

SESSION 3 (2019) • April 8 – April 25, 2019 (3 weeks) • Registration Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22 • M/W or T/Th classes SESSION 4 (2019) • May 6 – June 3, 2019 (4 weeks) • Registration Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26 • M/W or T/Th classes

Water Fitness Classes

A class to fit everybody; from high cardio to low impact, both shallow and deep water, various resistance conditioning, and core balance, stability training. Classes offered Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings. Call for specific class schedules and times.

Swim and Stay Fit Program

A motivational program designed to encourage and recognize our members who swim for fitness. We will help you keep track of your laps on our “board.” Please see the Aquatic Program Assistant at the front desk to sign up.


Open Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 to Labor Day, September 2

Monday – Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (Lifeguards on Duty)



Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run 901 Clubhouse Way (in Newport News Park) • 757-886-7925

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run’s professional staff invites all residents and visitors to learn and play at our “Family Friendly” golf facility. We offer adult programs such as adult learn- to-play clinics, individual lessons and men & women leagues. For Juniors, we have clinics and play days during the summer. Please call 757-886-7925 for details. We encourage the family to play at Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run and enjoy fine amenities at Parks, Recreation & Tourism Rates.

Our first Junior Golfer Annual Member!

New Junior Golfer Annual Membership for Ages 16 & under – Juniors play golf all year for $100. Please call 757-886-7925 or email

“Learn to Play Clinics” offer an excellent way to learn, six sessions for $150. Private Instruction by PGA professionals available by appointment. Join Our Leagues- Men, Senior, and Ladies (both 9 and 18-hole) leagues. Tuesdays are Junior Play Days and Junior Clinics for ages 6 - 15 are offered Monday - Friday (45 minute classes). Please call the Professional Golf Shop at 757-886-7925 for more information. You can also visit us at our website:; or check us out on Facebook.


We love volunteers!


Picnic facilities are located in parks throughout the city (electricity available at most shelters). Make your reservations at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, Deer Park or the Parks, Recreation & Tourism at City Center (3rd floor) or online at Credit cards are accepted at all locations. Shelter fees $40 - 100.

We have positions in campground and fishing area operations, trail maintenance, wildlife rehabilitation, nature center operations programs and more. Individuals or groups are welcome. Training and supervision provided. Call our volunteer coordinator today at 757-886-7912.

NEWPORT NEWS PARK CAMPSITE OFFICE Campsite and picnic shelter reservations 13564 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 757-888-3333 or 1-800-203-8322 March & April Open Daily 7 am - 7 pm May - Sept. Sun - Thurs 7 am - 9 pm, Fri & Sat 7 am - 10 pm

Newport News City Parks

Do you have questions or need special assistance? Want to have a wedding, meeting, special activity, or request that a Park Ranger lead a nature program in one of our Parks? Contact us at 757-886-7912 Newport News Park Headquarters Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

The City’s parks are open daily, sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted).




Free Park Programs BIRD WALKS Every first and third Sunday of the month at 7 am The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965! Join club members in the Picnic Area 1 parking lot for some early morning birding. Be prepared to car pool to different areas of the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides recommended. STORY AND A WALK Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10 am at Newport News Park. For pre-school children and their caregivers. Enjoy a fun nature story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center, then take a short walk to discover what you can find outdoors. Dress for the weather. ARCHERY SAFETY April 10 at 7 pm and April 28 at 4 pm May 2 and May 16 at 7 pm, May 19 at 4 pm June 9 at 4 pm, June 19 at 7 pm, June 30 at 10 am July 14 at 4 pm, July 28 at 10 am August 1 and August 28 at 7 pm, August 11 and 18 at 4 pm A park ranger will present this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 757-888-3333 for program times and to register for this training class. CRAFTS FOR KIDS Visit the Newport News Park Discovery Center on the dates below to make and take some cool crafts that celebrate the season’s special days. Each day’s activity starts at 10 am. Welcome Spring Crafts: Saturday, April 13 Nature Crafts: Saturday, June 1 Father’s Day Crafts: Saturday, June 15 Yankee Doodle Crafts: Saturday, June 29 Creative Crafts: Saturday, August 24 OWL PROWL Saturday, March 9 at 6 pm - Newport News Park “Hoo” are the different kinds of owls that make Newport News Park their home? Join us at the Discovery Center to learn about these amazing night-time hunters and their adaptations for survival. After a short introduction, we’ll take a short hike to find out “hoo” we can find! THOSE SILLY SQUIRRELS Saturday, March 16 at 10 am - Newport News Park They are always up to something! Learn more about the energetic and always entertaining Eastern Gray Squirrel while taking a stroll in Newport News Park. Meet the Park Naturalist at the Discovery Center.

HELLO SPRING WALK Saturday, March 23 at 10 am - Newport News Park It’s a great day to take a walk with our park naturalist to see what’s springing up around the Discovery Center! Wear comfortable shoes for this leisurely walk through the woods and along the trail at the water’s edge. PARK DAY VOLUNTEER EVENT Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm We’re looking for volunteers to help spruce up Newport News Park. Join us and groups across the country for a national effort called Park Day. Call 757-886-7912 to sign up. Visit for information. THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGN AND BATTLE OF DAM NO.1 Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm - Newport News Park Join Michael Moore on a walking tour of this hallowed ground where soldiers fought and died during this battle. Meet at the Discovery Center. CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown Saturday & Sunday, April 13 -14 – Newport News Park Learn what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Peninsula Campaign. Activities include demonstrations and camp life. Visit for more information.

WORLD of WATER Saturday, April 20 at 10 am - Newport News Park Ever wonder how water gets from nature to your faucet? Come to the Discovery Center to learn how our water supply is collected, cleaned and delivered to homes and businesses, plus how conserving water is easy, economical and important for the environment. JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm – Newport News Park A Park Ranger will be available on April 27 to get you started on the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet. Activities include things you can do in the park, as well as at home, and explore the wildlife inhabiting the area. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger Certificate. WALK WITH EASE WALKING CLUB FOR MATURE ADULTS (55 and older) Fridays beginning May 3, 10 am – Newport News Park This walking program is geared for mature adults over the age of 55 wishing to get fit (or stay fit) by walking through some of the parks beautiful trails. Call 757-812-7905 for free registration. CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 5 pm – Newport News Park Children’s activities make and take crafts, entertainment, displays, food vendors and fun for all ages. Free admission. Parking fee. CELEBRATING NATURE’S MOMS Saturday, May 11 at 10 am - Newport News Park The animal moms of Newport News Park have lots of important jobs to do especially in the spring! Find out how different kinds of animals care for their young, protect them from danger, and teach them important skills for surviving in nature. FRIDAY NIGHT ADVENTURES Every Friday Evening, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Bring your family, your curiosity and your questions to the Newport News Park Discovery Center to learn about some of the amazing living creatures that make their homes in and around the Park. Programs include nature walks, themed presentations and/or hands-on activities. Call 757-886-7916 for more information about each week’s learning adventure! May 24: Night Sounds (8 pm) May 3: Awesome Opossums (6:30 pm) June 7: Oh Deer! (6:30 pm) June 14: Swamp Walk (6:30 pm) June 21: Bats! (8 pm) June 28: Coyote Capers (6:30 pm) July 5: No Bones! Insects in the Park (6:30 pm) July 12: Leave it to the Beavers (6:30 pm) July 19: Bats! (8 pm) July 26: Snakes: Fact vs. Fiction (8 pm) August 2: Water’s Edge (6:30 pm) August 9: Leave it to the Beavers (6:30 pm) August 16: Oh Deer! (6:30 pm) August 23: Frogs & Toads: Night Chorus (7:30 pm) August 30: Rascally Raccoons! (6:30 pm)

Parks HAYRIDES May 25, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17 - Campground Parking Lot at 7, 8 & 9 pm Hop on a Saturday evening Hayride to explore the Park’s beautiful and diverse forest habitats. These family-friendly adventures are led by park staff who will help you learn more about the Park after sundown. Hayrides are offered on select Saturday evenings, and depart from the Campsite Office. Rides are free, but tickets are required and distributed at the Campsite Office on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before each departure time. FISHING 101 FUN FOR MATURE ADULTS (55 and older) Wednesday, May 29, 9 am - 11 am – Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area Wet a line with one of our park naturalists. Meet at the Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area (on Oriana Road). Fishing poles and bait are provided. Fresh water fishing license required. Call 757-886-7912 for information. KING-LINCOLN PARK DAY Saturday, June 1 at King-Lincoln Park, 12 -5 pm Enjoy a family fun festival with games, inflatables, food vendors and entertainment. SCAVENGER HUNT Saturday, June 8 at 10 am - Newport News Park Kids, want to find some cool things in the park?Come to the Discovery Center to start the hunt for some natural (and not so natural) things on our scavenger hunt list. SCALES & TAILS Saturday, June 22 at 10 am - Newport News Park Join a park naturalist to learn interesting facts about the amphibians and snakes living in Newport News Park (and probably in your back yard!) HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE Saturday, July 13 at 10 am – Newport News Park Being outdoors is a fun and healthy way to stay active and learn about the wonders of nature. Before your next adventure, come to the Discovery Center to learn what you and your child should do to stay safe if you get separated in the woods. NATURE SMART Saturday, July 20 at 11 am - Newport News Park Think you’re good at following clues and solving mysteries? Then come along on this guided learning adventure to test your “nature smarts”. You’ll have fun finding and identifying different interesting places and things along the trail by following a series of simple clues and questions. You’ll be proud to have earned your “Nature Smart” certificate at the end of our quest! SUMMER HIKE Saturday, July 27 at 11 am - Newport News Park The Park’s grasses, shrubs and trees are in full leaves, so it’s a great time for a walk along a shady trail to learn about the bounty of summer plant and animal life in the Park. SWAMP THINGS Saturday August 3 at 10 am - Newport News Park No need for fear - and no need for wet feet! Join a Park Naturalist on a hike to the Swamp Bridge - and “soak up” a new appreciation for the fascinating animals and plants that make their home in the muddy marsh!

LIFE IN A LOG Saturday August 10 at 10 am - Newport News Park When a tree or branch falls in the Park, it’s not the end of life - it’s just the beginning! We’ll meet a variety of fascinating living things that thrive in the damp and dark places in and under fallen logs and branches, and learn why they’re such an important part of nature’s cycle of life. HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE Saturday August 17 at 10 am - Newport News Park Being outdoors is a fun and healthy way to stay active and learn about the wonders of nature. Before your next adventure, come to the Discovery Center to learn what you and your child should do to stay safe if you get separated in the woods.


The Newport News Community Garden has plots available for Newport News residents. The garden is located in the large open field at 75 Yorktown Road in the Lee Hall area of the City. The plots, 18’ x 40’ in size, are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. You must apply and pay a $30 seasonal fee to be a gardener. Call 757-886-7912 for information and to obtain an application.

Parks and Nature Centers - Hours of Operation Parks - Daily SUNRISE – SUNSET (unless otherwise posted)

Newport News Park Discovery Center - March & April – Weekends only, 10 am- 5 pm May through September – Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am- 6 pm King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center - Memorial Day through Labor DayWeekends only, 12 - 5 pm Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center– by appointment (call 757-886-7912 for information) Newport News Park Campsite Office– March & April - Daily, 7 am– 7 pm; May through September, Sunday through Thursday, 7 am-9 pm and Friday & Saturday 7 am-10 pm

Rangers and naturalists are available for program presentations. To schedule a specialized program for your class or organized group, please call 757-886-7912.

7499 River Road • 757-247-2359

LEEWARD MARINA 200 Wet Slips • Picnic Area with Grill Floating Docks • Diesel & Unleaded Fuel Sewage Pump-out Facility Daily, Monthly & Annual Slips • Water & Electric Hookups



Discover All the Ways to Have Fun at Our Parks for All Ages! Aeromodel Flying Field- off Richneck Road near Ft. Eustis Blvd. • Paved 400-foot runway and 30-acre fly-over area • Insurance, club dues and field permit required • Annual permit $50 + club dues ( Archery- Newport News Park Archery Range • Archery Safety Class required prior to using the range Call 757-888-3333 for class dates. See page 20 for upcoming dates. • Range is open sunrise to sunset • Permits sold at the Newport News Park Campsite Office • Daily permit $2, Annual permit $30 Boat Ramps • Denbigh Park (open 5 am – 10 pm daily) • Peterson’s Yacht Basin (open 24 hours a day) • Huntington Park (open 24 hours a day) Camping- Newport News Park Campground • Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and grill • Electric and water hookups are available • Dumping station and camp store are on-site • Rates range from $33 - $40, Senior Rates available Canoes, Paddle boats and Jon Boats- Newport News Park • Rentals daily ($6 - $8/hour) at Newport News Park Campsite Office • Paddles, oars and personal flotation devices provided • Must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft

Hiking, Jogging, Biking Trails • Over 30 miles of trails in Newport News Park through forest, field, and wetlands • 5.3-mile bikeway (unpaved, multi-use trail) in Newport News Park • Bring your own bike or rent one from the Campsite Office • Children ages 14 and under are required to wear a helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle on any street, sidewalk or bikeway. The Parks Division encourages ALL bicyclists to wear a safety helmet. Helmet rentals available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Horseshoe Courts- Newport News Park • Bring your own horseshoes and pitch on four NHPA certified courts. Mountain Bike Trails- located across from the Harwood’s Mill Fishing Facility on Oriana Road in York County • Three single-track loops (difficulty levels vary) and connecting fire trails create approximately 5 miles of off-road bicycling • Trails are open sunrise to sunset daily and helmets are required for all riders Orienteering Course- Newport News Park • Fifteen control markers • Maps are available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office for $2 each

Saltwater Fishing Piers (Valid VA saltwater fishing license required) • Hilton Pier (sunrise to sunset daily) • King-Lincoln Park (sunrise to sunset daily) • Wave Screen at King-Lincoln Park (open 24 hours a day) • Denbigh Park (sunrise to 10 pm daily) • Monitor-Merrimac Overlook (open 24 hours a day) Freshwater Fishing (VA freshwater fishing license required) Lee Hall and Harwood’s Mill Reservoirs (sunrise to sunset) Additional Parks Division Shoreline Fishing Permit Required $2, Fishing boat rental $6, private launch $5, Senior Rates available • Lee Hall Reservoir- Boat rentals, private launch and shoreline/pier fishing permits available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and weekends and holidays (May through September) at the Lee Hall Fishing Area Rental building. • Harwood’s Mill- Private launch and shoreline fishing permits are available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office; concession and rentals available weekends and holidays (May through October) at Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area. Disc Golf Course- Newport News Park • 18-hole championship disc golf course in the Arboretum Area • Course passes and rental discs available at the Campsite Office; Daily $3, Annual Permit $30, Seniors 60+ and Juniors under 12 are free

Dog Park “Fido Field”- Riverview Farm Park • Small and large dog areas • Must register for a Fido Tag • Dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated – rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella • Proof of vaccination and city/county dog license is required to purchase a Fido Tag • For membership and information call 757-886-7912. $10 for first dog, $5 for additional dogs, same owner

Playgrounds- located at 17 parks throughout the City (Large Playgrounds) • Fort Fun- Huntington Park (nautical interactive play) • Boundless Playground- Deer Park (accessible play) • Fantasy Farm Playground- Riverview Farm Park • Newport News Park (four large playgrounds) Ropes & Initiatives Course- Newport News Park • Open to organized groups who are interested in a challenge • Designed to enhance self-confidence and group dynamics • Features a progression of more difficult tasks and challenges • Call 757-886-7912 for reservations and fees Skate Park- Riverview Farm Park This 3,100 square foot modular skate park has two quarter pipes, two bank ramps, two grind rails, and two wedge flats. Registration and a permit sticker are required ($5/year). All users must wear a registration sticker on their helmet while in the skate park. For information, call 757-888-3333.

Museums and Historical Services


Virginia War Museum April 13 –14 Civil War Living History Weekend: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown Learn about the civilian experience during the Civil War as local families fled to the western part of Virginia to escape fighting on and around their property. Activities include living history demonstrations and tours of the historic house, celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019. Free with regular admission. Visit for more information. June 24 -28 / July 22 – 26 Civil War Summer Camp: War in the West, 1864 Why read history when you can experience it? Boys and girls ages 8-13 “join the army” and learn what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Western Campaign battles in 1863. Activities include camp life, drills and battles. The fee is $175 per child for each session. Before and after care is available each day for an additional fee. Visit for more information and for online registration.

Endview Plantation

1769 ‘T’- frame Georgian-style house 362 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-887-1862 or visit

Artifacts, weapons, uniforms & more 9285 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23607 Call 757-247-8523 or visit

March 14 – 19 St Patrick’s Irish-American History Exhibit, 9 am to 5 pm In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day this temporary exhibit will feature uniforms, artifacts, photographs and documents illustrating the role Irish and Irish Americans played in military history. Exhibit is free with regular admission. May 11 - Annual Toy Soldier Show, 9 am – 3 pm Vendors will be selling antique & contemporary toy soldiers and miniatures. Door prize drawings and war games for kids. Free with regular admission. June 1 - Liberation Week Family Day, 10 am- 3 pm The event will honor the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Rome, the D-Day Landings and the Invasion of Saipan in 1944. The event will feature a temporary display, miniature wargames, living historians, a children’s mini WWII Boot Camps (ages 8-13), a museum scavenger hunt and historian talks. Free with regular admission. Kids Summer Camps: June 24 - 28 “Road to Baghdad,” July 8 -1 2 “1919,” July 15 - 19 “Tank War 1944,” July 29 - August 1 “Week 1 WWII,” August 12 - 15 “Week 2 WWII” Kids age 10 -16 will learn history through structured miniature wargames using miniature figurines and vehicles to recreate key battles. In addition to having fun and learning, participants will learn critical thinking and decision making skills in a safe environment. Pre-registration is required. Cost $100 per child, per week for”Road to Baghdad,” 1919, and Tank War; 1944. $200 per child, per week for WWII weeks 1 and 2 (for these weeks, children will be equipped as WWII soldiers. This camp is primarily outdoors, involves physical activity to include crawling, walking and running). 3rd Guns of August Convention, August 23 - 25; Friday, Noon to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 10 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; Hosted by The Virginia War Museum and the Old Dominion Military Society. Activities will include: miniature war games, board games, tournaments, vendors, a silent auction and door prizes. The theme this year is “The Summer of 1944,” commemorating the 75th Anniversary of WWII. Free with regular museum admission. Discount rates available for multi-day passes.

March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20 History Van Tours

Lee Hall Mansion

1858 Italianate Antebellum Home 163 Yorktown Road Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-888-3371 or visit

Spend a day exploring the region’s rich history by taking a van tour with historian J. Michael Moore. The guided tours cover topics such as the World of 1619, World War I on the Virginia Peninsula, and Civil War regional excursions. Extensive walking is required for the majority of the tours. Tours depart from Lee Hall Mansion. For a complete list of tour itineraries, times, and fees visit Due to space limitations advance registration is required. Call 757-888-3371 ext. 306 for reservations and additional information.

April 13 –14 Civil War Living History Weekend: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown

Learn what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Peninsula Campaign. Activities include glimpses of camp life and living historians portraying members of the military staff occupying Lee Hall. Free with regular admission.

April 20 The Great Easter Egg Hunt.

Bring the kids to Lee Hall Mansion for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Hunt starts promptly at 10 am and the eggs go fast! Grounds open at 9 am. Early arrival is encouraged. Crafts, games, and the Easter Bunny provide great photo ops as well as activities before the Hunt gets underway. A children’s scavenger hunt is offered free of charge after the Easter Egg Hunt. This event is for children up to age 12. The Hunt is divided into two age groups for children ages six and younger and seven and older. Admission is $5 per child.

June 8 Summer Celebration Wine Festival, 11 am – 6 pm

The finest vintages from some of Virginia’s best wineries combine with live music, food, and wine-related craft vendors to make this event one of the Peninsula’s most popular. Tickets are $20 in advance at select retailers and Event Brite and $25 at the gate. A $10 non-tasting ticket is available at select retailers and at the gate. A complete list of participating wineries and vendors and advance ticket information will be posted at No pets are allowed on Festival grounds and IDs are checked at the gate.

30th Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends Saturday, May 4, 10 am - 5 pm Newport News Park Children ages 2 12 can enjoy over 100 free hands-on activities, games, rides, exhibits, entertainment and costume characters. Free admission, $5 per car parking fee, Food vendors ($).

King-Lincoln Park Day Saturday, June 1, 12 - 5 pm King-Lincoln Park

Enjoy an afternoon of free activities and entertainment at our beautiful waterfront park. Learn about local community organizations, enjoy free sno cones and cotton candy, play on giant slides and moon bounces, and try your luck at the cake walk and BINGO (ages 50+). Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).

For a complete list of city-wide special events: 757-926-1400 • Facebook: Newport News Special Events • Instagram: nnspecialevents

4th of July Stars in the Sky Wednesday, July 4 7 - 10 pm Victory Landing Park

Celebrate our nation’s birthday with music from the USAF Full Spectrum band, free moon bounces and slides, free face painting, and a spectacular fireworks show over the James River at 9:30 pm. Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).

World Arts Celebration Saturday, August 24 4 pm - 8 pm City Center at Oyster Point Discover the music, art, cultures, food, and traditions of countries around the world through interesting exhibits, hands-on activities, and exciting performances. Free admission, free parking. Food vendors ($).

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