Page 1

Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Newport News Spring/Summer 2020

World Arts Celebration August 22

2 Table of Contents/Tourism Contents 2

3 4 7 8 9 11 12 13 15 17 18 22 24


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

Website: www.nnparks.com Email: nnparks-and-recreation @nnva.gov Phone: 757-926-1400 Fax: 757-926-1460

Newport News Tourism www.newport-news.org

Michael Poplawski Director 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

The latest Newport News Visitor Guide Explore and experience all that Newport News has to offer with our 2020 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. 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 Avenue (Exit 250B from I-64). 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.

Celebrate the Garden Club of Virginia’s centennial on April 22 with a walk down Mennonite memory lane!

LoveNNRocks We’re spreading our love of Newport News, one rock at a time! Dozens of painted rocks have been hidden throughout the city. If you find one, share it on Facebook at LoveNNRocks, and then re-hide it anywhere you want! If you’re lucky enough to find one of our grand-prize rocks or a special-event “themed” rock, bring it to the Newport News Visitor Center to receive a prize. Keep an eye on LoveNNRocks at www.facebook.com for updates!

Four homes with connections to the Newport News Mennonite community will be on tour. Two homes are still owned by Mennonite families and two others overlook the Warwick River. All stops are part of the original 1,200 acres purchased by Mennonites D.Z. Yoder and I.D. Hertzler in 1897. Providence Mennonite Church will serve as the location for the popular marketplace and Flowers After Hours. www.vagardenweek.org

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center/ Newsome House

Building Community Through The Arts 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8950 downing-gross.org

Upcoming Events Saturday, March 7 The 6th Annual Ladies in Red Concert and Award Show





Gallery Events Saturday, March 21 Don’t Count Me Out! Reception

Saturday, March 21 An Evening with Butterscotch feat. The Amours & Taylor G

Saturday, April 11 The Art of C.I.P.H.E.R. Reception

Friday, April 17 An Evening with Brittany Burrell

Monday, May 11 Third Congressional District Youth Art Show

Monday, April 20 Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple A Reader’s Theater Event

Thursday, May 14 Hilton Elementary School Art Show

Friday, April 24 The 22nd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival - Ladies of Song Vocal Competition





Friday, July 10 Iconic Art: Reception

Saturday, April 25 The 22nd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival - An Evening with Avery*Sunshine Thursday, May 7 - 16 Grease Presented by Cue2Cue Productions Friday, May 22 An Evening with Lisa Fisher

Monday, August 3 Out of the Classroom: Electric Lady Reception



Workshops & Classes Now offering a wide variety of arts education for all ages in the following disciplines:

Thursday, June 18 - 27 The Wiz Directed by Tiffany Wright

Crafting, Fashion, Photography, Dance & Fitness, Acting & Theater, Artist Professional Development, and Music.

Monday, July 20 Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In the Sun A Reader’s Theater Event

The Newsome House

Saturday, June 13 A Space Of Our Own Reception

Visit this historic landmark offering tours and a variety of special cultural events.

2308 Oak Avenue Newport News, VA 757-247-2360 newsomehouse.org

Register for our Kids Summer Theater Camp!

June 29 - August 1 This fun summer experience for ages 6-18 is available for as low as $80 per week!


4 Instructional Classes For our current class descriptions, schedules, locations, registration fees and pictures, visit www.nnparks.com and click Online Program Registration or call 757-926-1400.

Like us on Facebook

Newport News PR&T- Instructional & 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 Beginning Drawing Drawing & Painting for Children, Teens & Adults Oil Painting Painting with Instruction Pee Wee Picassos Young Artist Learning Explorers

Computers 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 Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Part 2 Lego Brick Animation Camp


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 will get you up and moving! Ballet - Level 1 Ballet & Tap Carolina Shag Country Two-Step Hip Hop Hula and Tahitian Dance for Adults Kinderhula R & B Line Dancing Tiny Tots Ballet West Coast Swing Zumba Dance Party

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

Hemming Knitting Needle & Thread Thursdays Quilting Quilting Lock-ins Scandinavian Sweater Sewing – Beginner & Intermediate Understanding Your Sewing Machine Zipper Practice

Health & Fitness Intimidated by big gyms? Need

Cooking Are you an aspiring chef or baker? Do you have a sweet tooth? We offer creative classes that will tempt your taste buds. Baking Camps & Workshops (see online for current offerings)

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. Barre Fitness Boxing Fitness for Youth, Teens & Adults Buns & Tums Chair Yoga Dance 2 Fit Group Indoor Cycling Gentle Yoga Urban Vinyasa Zumba Dance Party 90’s R & B Yoga Pop Up

Languages 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 Coversational Spanish Introductory Japanese

Gymnastics 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 Girl’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Gymini Crickets I, II & Advanced Gymnastics Playgroup Home School Gymnastics Open Gym and Stay & Play Spring Recital Spring Break Camp Summer Camp Young Gymini Crickets Notes for Gymnastics Classes: - Long hair should be pulled back - Leotard or shorts with a tucked-in t-shirt are acceptable attire - Participants should enter the gym with bare feet - Parent participation is required for children under the age of 3 - Riverview Gymnastic Center is a nut-free facility


Instructional Classes


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 music classes are offered to both children and adults. Adult Guitar Clarinet Ensemble Fun Mountain Dulcimer Piano Adventures Guitar or Ukulele Adventures Keyboarding Fun for Adults & Seniors 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.

Personal Development

With our Personal Development offerings, you can learn a new skill and earn certifications. Basic & Advanced Modeling Technique Little Super Heroes: Social Enterpreneurship for Kids Unreasonable Kids: Social Enterpreneurship for Kids Photo Memories - Share Your Heart Keepsake Photo Organization Workshop

We offer a wide variety of sports classes in safe Martial Arts Our martial arts classes promote fitness, Sports and fun environments. Our classes teach skill development and

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 Japanese Sword Arts Jow Ga Kung Fu - Children & Adults Kindai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Shito-Ryu Karate Shorin-Ken Karate Tae Kwon Do Tai Chi Youth Fitness Karate

team work, starting at age 3 and continuing through adulthood. Advanced Baskeball Training Basketball Skills & Drills Boxing Fitness for Youth, Teens & Adults “Little Sports” Class Ice Skating - Beginners Ice Skating - Kids Beginner Ice Skating - Tiny Tots Parent & Child Soccer Soccer Skills & Drills

Gymnastics Area Tumbl Trak Dance Rooms Multi-Purpose Rooms Birthday Parties Camps Classes for age 10 months & up

125 City Farm Road Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-2729

6 Instructional Classes Registration is Easy

In-Person 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, Discover, or American Express). Do you have an idea for Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Phone Registration:

Step 1: Call 926-1400 or any of our community centers to register with a credit card. Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Online Registration (ActiveNet):

a new class? Interested in becoming an instructor? Call us at 757-926-1400.

Step 1: Go to www.nnparks.com 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.

Instructional Classes Important Information:

Registration Dates: Registration for Spring will be Monday, March 2, 2020 and for Summer will be Monday, June 1, 2020. Sessions begin: April (Spring), July (Summer). 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. 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 cancelled. 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, the participant is urged to consult a physician before participation. 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 Programs’ 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 Programs) for the most up-to-date information. Refunds: Participants who register for classes which are cancelled will be called with alternative class options or may opt to request a credit or a refund. Enrollee assumes the risk of changes in personal affairs or health. Registrations received by check will receive a check refund, which has a processing timeline of approximately 3 weeks. Cancellations: Classes that fall on City holidays will be rescheduled to a later date. In the event the instructor is unavailable, the class will be rescheduled for 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 and strollers). March 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center March 28, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Denbigh Community Center April 9, 2020, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saint Michael Hall (144 Harpersville Road)

March 10, March 28 & April 9

Jobs may be viewed online at www.nnva.gov/jobs. Applicants are encouraged to apply online ahead of time, but applications will also be accepted onsite. Job interviews will be conducted onsite and preliminary offers may be made at the job fair. The City of Newport News is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you need accommodations to complete the application, or for the interview, please call 757-926-1800. For more information, call 757-926-1400.

Youth Programs


Who we are, what we do

Youth Programs is the ideal place for children to develop socially. We offer a caring, compassionate environment that fosters ‘teachable moments’ where children learn how to interact in a group setting. Children don’t just play; they learn important life lessons as they create, invent or get involved in group games. Their minds are stimulated creatively while partaking in responsible behavior such as sharing and playing fair. They explore their needs, talents and abilities in stations with activities in science, technology, engineering, arts, music, reading, drama and community exploration. We fill the gap between home and school, while providing a safe, nurturing, and caring atmosphere. We are passionately committed to a child’s enjoyment of their experience in our programs. Mission: Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing creative thinking though recreation and leisure activities. Vision: To become the premier destination for out-of-school time.

To register for any of these programs please visit our website www.Redefiningplay.com or call us at 757-926-1400! Before School, After School & All Day Early Childhood Youth Programs offers several different programs: Before and After School Care for Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade, Middle School (6th – 8th Grade), and all-day Early Childhood Program (3 – 5-year-olds). Twenty-three locations are conveniently located in elementary schools or community centers( bus transportation provided between schools and community center sites).

Spring Break Camp: April 6 - 10

Kids have plenty to stay occupied at our Spring Break “Spring Fling” Camp April 6 - 10 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center.

Summer Camp: June 18 - August 28

Our Summer Camp is offered at schools and community centers June 18, 2020 – August 14, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., with weekly themed recreation, leisure, and sports activities. Kids will enjoy exciting field trips to like Surge, Busch Gardens, Play-aRound Golf, Bounce House, and Cinemark. During the last two weeks of summer, August 17 – August 28 we will consolidate all of our summer camp sites to the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center.

Newport News Community Block Party: March 28

Youth Programs will be partnering with Newport News Public Schools on Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. for the “Newport News Community Block Party” at Todd Stadium. The event will have kickball games, promote healthy living, and provide information on camps, programs, and events that will be offered in Newport News this summer. The event will also promote the activities that will take place during the week of March 30 – April 3 for Youth Violence Prevention Week.

Spring Parents Night Out: May 16

Our Parents Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well deserved break. Go out for a night on the town, feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives. This incredible evening is filled with a variety of fun games, crafts, and recreation activities. Join us at Riverview Gymnastics Center (125 City Farm Rd) on Saturday, May 16, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dinner and snacks are included in the registration fee ($10 per child, ages 4 - 14).

25th Annual Children’s Fishing Clinic

The 25th Annual Children’s Fishing Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 18, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All local youth groups are invited to sign their youth organizations up for this wonderful event. At this clinic, youth can learn about the sport of fishing, interact with caring adults, and have fun with their peers while fishing on the James River Pier. Fishing equipment, bait, instructions, t-shirts, and lunch will be provided. Space is very limited, so please register your youth group as early as possible. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED NO LATER THAN JULY 1st. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis. Please contact 757-926-1400 for more information.

8 Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter 5843 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23605 757-933-8900 www.peninsulaanimalshelter.com

View Our Adoptable Pets at:

https://www.petango.com/ peninsularegionalanimalshelter

Adoption Hours: Monday: 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Do you love animals? See our website for volunteer AND employment opportunities!

Owner surrenders, reclaims and stray drop-offs: Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Adoption fees:

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


St. Catricks Day O’doption Special Taco Cat Adoption Event @ St. George’s Brewery in Hampton


Volunteer Appreciation Week Animal Control Appreciation Week


See our Facebook page for additional events!

Children’s Festival at Newport News Park Poochella Adoption Event at PETA in Norfolk Kitten Shower at PRAS


Summer is Cooler with a Pet Special Passion 4 Compassion Week July/August: Clear the Shelters Event

The Newport News Animal Services Division serves and protects the citizens and animals of our City. Our qualified and compassionate animal services personnel are dedicated to providing the most humane services possible. Animal Services Office Located at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter 5843 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23605 Call 757-595-PETS (7387) for both complaints and the office. Patrol Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily Emergency Service Hours: 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily

Some of our major services are: • Animal cruelty investigations • Community education programs • Safe capture of stray domestic animals • City animal licensing • Enforcement of State and City animal laws and ordinances • Pet rescues • Tethering complaint investigations • Plus many more services related to domestic animals!

Active Lifestyles


2020 Travel Opportunities Adding Life to Your Years

Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for active living. Phone: 757-926-1400 Email: activelifestyles@nnva.gov Website: www.nnva.gov/922/Active-Lifestyles-50 For a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions, visit www.nnparks.com and click Online

Program Registration.

Spring Class Session Begins: April 13 Summer Class Session Begins: July 6 Registration opens one month prior to each session.

Find us on FACEBOOK! Facebook.com/NNActiveLifestyles

Every May the Administration for Community Living promotes the observance of Older Americans Month. The 2020 theme MAKE YOUR MARK was selected to encourage and celebrate the countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities. 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 926-1400 for more information about Older Americans Month. Nominations for the 2020 Lifelong Citizenship Award Ceremony are due by July 31, 2020. Nomination forms available March 20, 2020. Recipients of the award must be 90 years old and have lived, worshipped or worked in the City of Newport News while making a notable contribution to its citizens. Event will be held in September 2020.

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.” -Unknown

Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas Cruise – October 25 - November 1, 2020. Price range $1,160 - $1,645 (Double, per person). Includes transportation from Newport News to Cruise ship in Norfolk. Harrington Raceway & Casino (DE-) - March 21, July 11, and November 14, 2020. $50pp International Restaurant Tour - $15 Transportation per person, per trip: Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill - March 31, 2020 Off the Hook - April 28, 2020 The Cockeyed Rooster - May 26, 2020 Al-Forno Pizzeria - June 30, 2020 Cherry Blossom Cruise - April 8, 2020. $128pp. Includes transportation to Washington, DC and cruise with lunch. Fredericksburg, VA - Ghost (The Musical) - July 8, 2020. $110 Apple Harvest Festival & Yoder Market - October 17, 2020. $50pp Day Trips (Fee is for transportation only): Chrysler Museum, April 16, 2020, $15 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, May 21, 2020, $25 Edgar Cayce Enlightenment, June 18, 2020, $15 Shopping in the Carytown District of Richmond, July 16, 2020, $25 Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities, August 20, 2020, $41 (transportation & admission into exhibition). The Active Lifestyles Program is in the process of finalizing some favorite trips of the past and introducing new and exciting trips for the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more information.

Join the Fun at our Events!

2020 One City Marathon - March 1, 2020 38th Annual Community Forum on Aging - March 4, 2020. $5 in advance/$10 at the door. Call 873-0541 Peninsula Dance Party - March 14, 2020 & June 20, 2020, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. FREE with pre-registration, Denbigh Community Center. Call 812-7905 Scrapbooking Weekend - Friday, Saturday & Sunday (times vary), May 1 - 3, 2020, $30 per person for full event, North Newport News Community Center. Call 591-4850. Older American’s Month: Brain & Fitness Fair - Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 10 am-2 pm. Free. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center. Call 591-4853. Mother’s Day Tea - Thursday, May 7, 2020, 12 - 1:30 pm. Hilton Senior Center. Free with reservations. Call 247-2451 Older American’s Month BINGO! - Monday, May 11, 2020, 10 am 12 pm. $5 pp, Courthouse Way Community Center. Call 886-7929, ext. 302. 21st Annual Golf Tournament - May 20, 2020. $68 per person. Newport News Golf Club. Call 926-1400. National Senior Health & Fitness Day - Friday, May 29, 2019. Denbigh Community Center. FREE. Call 812-7905. Afternoon Seniors Dance - Saturday, July 18, 2020. 2 - 6 pm. $25 single/$40 couple. Doris Miller Community Center. Must call to make reservations 247-8603

10 Active Lifestyles Active Lifestyles Classes

Registration opens one month prior to each session.

Registration is easy!

Online at: www.nnparks.com. Click Online Program Registration to see a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions. ActiveNet charges a nonrefundable service fee per transaction. By Phone: 757-926-1400 In-Person: At any Active Lifestyles Center or the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office (700 Town Center Dr., Suite 320) Active Lifestyles Classes are offered at various times and skill levels to meet the needs of beginner to advanced students.


Drawing • Water Media • Oil & Acrylic Painting Beginner to Advanced Painting • Open Studio

Crafts & Hobbies

Ceramics • Computers • Genealogy Knitting and Crochet Clubs • Learn to Play Bridge Scrap Booking

Join the Active Lifestyles Program at Newport News Park for some outdoor fun! Fishing 101 - Learn basic skills and casting tips for fresh-water fishing. There may even be a friendly fishing competition. Equipment and bait provided. Thursdays: April 23, May 28, June 25, September 24, and October 22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Harwood’s Mill Reservoir. FREE - Reservation Required. Call 812-7909. Walk With Ease, Walking Club & Nature Walks Park Rangers will lead the group, pointing out particular plants, trees and possibly animals. Programs may conclude in the classroom. Tuesdays: April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16, September 1 & 15, and October 6 & 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FREE - Reservation Required. Call 812-7909.


Painting in the Park - En Plein Air, Sketching or Painting. Spring and Summer dates to be determined. Advance registration will be required for this class.

Health & Well-Being

Newport News Park is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue.

Line Dance (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Club & Party Style) Boot Camp for Seniors • Essence of Modeling • Movin’ On Nature Walks in Newport News Park Tai Chi Qigong (Shibachi) • Walk With Ease (WWE) • Yoga


Fishing at Harwoods Mill • Pickleball at DCC, DMCC & BMCC • Walking Soccer

Pick up a copy of the Active Lifestyles Newsletter at any recreation center for a complete list of current classes, trips and special events. Join the Active Lifestyles - Citizen Advisory Committee. Represent your Community/Senior Center at our bi-monthly meetings. Share your concerns, be a spokesperson for change and enjoy being a part of a committee that promotes active living. AARP Defensive Driving Courses Two-day refresher course is open to all registered drivers. Call Community Centers directly or visit www.aarp.org. • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center • Denbigh Community Center • Hilton Senior Center • Doris Miller Community Center

Active Lifestlyes Centers Be Active! Stay Healthy! Enjoy Life!

Each Active Lifestyles Center offers weekday social hours, clubs, classes, fitness activities and special events. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853 Hilton Senior Center (HSC) 605 Hilton Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23605 757-247-2451 or 757-247-2453 Doris Miller Community Center (DMCC) 2814 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8622 North Newport News Community Center (NNN) 605 South Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4850 Denbigh Community Center (DCC) 15198 Warwick Boulevard, 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


Saturday, September 12 Brittingham-Midtown Community Center 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free Admission

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

Educational Exhibits Workshops Children’s Activities Vendors & more!

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).

Courthouse Way Community Center 14302 Old Courthouse Way Newport News, VA 23602, 757-886-7929 Dance Room • 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).

Denbigh Community Center

15198 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23608, 757-812-7900

Double Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track Fitness Room • 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 in 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 Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room Game Room • Multi-purpose Rooms 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).

Community Center Room Rentals

Rental times are based on availability and reservations must be made no later than 30 days prior to, and no sooner than 6 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.

See each Center’s Facebook Page for special events and nnparks.com for monthly calendars.

12 Athletics- Tennis Huntington Park Tennis Center 340 Hornet Circle, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-926-1507; Fax 757-223-0560 Email: nntennis@nnva.gov Tennis Professional - Harvey Robinson, hrobinson@nnva.gov Recreation Program Coordinator - Jeannette Davis, jddavis@nnva.gov

Family Day �i�” n � T �s� D�y� J � “�oF�m�l�

(Monthly - April thru October) FREE tennis court usage, includes on and off court games (tennis, corn hole, obstacles course, etc). Racquets and tennis balls provided. 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. April 11 • May 16 •June 20 • July 18 August 15 • September 19 • October 17

The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers many activities on our 20 lighted hard courts such as classes and clinics taught by City Tennis Professional, Harvey Robinson. Tournaments and leagues are also offered, along with racquet stringing, ball machine and backboard rental. Hours: Monday - Friday: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Based on tournments or other scheduled activities

Facility Amenities:

Court Rental: $5.50/hour per court Half- Price Tennis Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., $2.75/hour, April - October. Tennis Leagues (4 or 6 week session): Singles and Doubles, call for session start dates and fees. Tournaments: Call for schedule, updated frequently. 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). Pre-reservation required. Backboard Rental: $7/hour includes court rental. $40/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Pre-reservation required. Clinics: “Shot of the Day” first and third Sundays. “Doubles Trouble” second and fourth Sundays, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., $14. Workout Group - Mondays, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., participants must play at a minimum level of intermediate or higher, $14.

NEW – Free Monthly Ball Machine and/ or Backboard usage 3rd Tuesday of each month April – October 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Must be reserved in advance


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. 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 have just started to play tournaments or have 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. Check class listing, day and time online.


Ages 5-18

Beginner – Intermediate level Super Heroes Tennis Camp June 22 - 25 $10 discount if paid by June 8 Registration deadline June 15

Space Tennis Camp Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily Fee: $140/per person, includes daily snacks. Parents must provide lunch. To receive an early registration discount, you must either call 926-1507 and register by phone or register in person at the Huntington Park Tennis Center. The discount is not available with online registration or at any other registration sites. For more information, call 926-1507 or email nntennis@nnva.gov

July 20 - 23 $10 discount if paid by July 6 Registration deadline July 13

Sea World Tennis Camp

August 17 - 20 $10 discount if paid by August 3 Registration deadline August 10

Athletics - Tennis, Adult Leagues FACILITY RENTAL

CITY GYMNASIUMS AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL: Warwick Recreation Center 29 Copeland Lane (Air-Conditioned) Call the athletic staff (757-591-4892) for open rental slots at the Warwick Recreation Center. This facility is available during non-operational hours for an hourly fee of $25/hour. Must submit advance contract and payment. All gymnasium rental reservations and contracts must be completed at the Warwick Recreation Center, 29 Copeland Lane. Some insurance regulations may apply. Additional fees for use of special equipment and set-up.

For updated information on our youth and adult athletic programming, please visit our website www.nnathletics.com and check us out on: nnathletics.

Adult Athletics

An Achievable Dream Tennis Center (AADTC) Indoor Tennis Facility 1300 Ivy Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-247-2428; Fax 757-223-0560 Email: nntennis@nnva.gov 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 is scheduled to include specific times for tennis, basketball and other athletic programs, to include open recreation times for basketball. The facility offers rentals for tennis, basketball, cheerleading, and other activities. Liability insurance may be required. Additional fees may apply for use of special equipment and set-up. Must call Mary Bland or Jeannette Davis (757) 926-1507 to check availability and make reservations.


Spring Adult Softball For: Men and Women. Men’s and Coed teams. Interest Meeting: Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Denbigh Community Center. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Summer Adult Field Hockey For: Coed teams. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892 for registration information. Fall Adult Softball For: Men and Women. Men’s and Coed teams. Interest Meeting: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Denbigh Community Center. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Adult Soccer For: Men and Women. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Season: Summer - Fall, more details to come.

14 Athletics - Youth Leagues Youth Athletics

Youth Summer Basketball For: Ages 7 - 15 Register Online & In-Person: May 1 – June 6 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 player participation fee for noncity residents. League age as of July 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Youth Field Hockey For: Ages 6 -1 7 Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892 for registration information. Fall Outdoor Youth Soccer For: Ages 5 - 17 Register Online & In-Person: July 1 – August 8 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 player participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of Sept. 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or athletic staff at 757-591-4892.

Other Youth Sports Upcoming Registration Dates Fall Youth Football/Cheerleading Registration begins in May. Registration dates vary by organization. Please contact athletics@nnva.gov or call the Athletics office at 757-591-4892 for more information. Fall Youth Baseball/Softball Registration begins in August but varies by organization. Please contact athletics@nnva.gov or call the Athletics office at 757-591-4892 for more information.

Stoney Run Athletic Complex

15194 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608 stoneyrun@nnva.gov Our five-field facility is great for softball, baseball, field hockey, kickball, and soccer. The complex can host over 1,000 spectators with restrooms and concessions onsite. For more information on renting the Stoney Run Athletic Complex for your next athletic event, please contact athletic staff at stoneyrun@nnva.gov.



Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center

570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23601 757-591-4573 Supervisor of Aquatics and Beach Safety – Tommy Miller Aquatic Operations Coordinator – Matt Johnson Aquatic Programs Coordinator – Danita Fox Aquatics Staff Technician – Linda Elder

Aquatic Center Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Summer Hours (Monday - Thursday) 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed 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 *(Parents/Legal Guardian and up to 3 Children under 18 years) Collegiate Pass - Good for 6 months from date of purchase. Current School ID required. $50 for both NN resident or Non-NN resident. 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 Friday, 6 a.m. 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the BrittinghamMidtown Aquatic Center desk. Annual passes are valid for one year. Pass holders may participate in any water fitness class.

Swimming Pool Schedule (subject to change)

Lap Swimming: Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. *2 Lanes will be available for Lap Swimmers except during scheduled events when the pool is closed to the public. Family Swim: Friday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Located in the shallow end of the pool, this is a great opportunity to practice swimming skills and encourage physical activity. This time is reserved for parents/legal guardians with children 13 years and younger. Please refer to the monthly calendar for any cancellation due to scheduled activities. Groups of 10 or more individuals need to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator at 757-591-4573 prior to visiting the Aquatic Center.

See Our Monthly Calendar For All Activities!

Water Fitness Classes

Enjoy the unique properties of the water to challenge your fitness and wellness goals! Offering a variety of classes, water fitness classes are taught by certified and trained instructors who will motivate and encourage you to reach your fitness goals. Choose from high energy cardio and toning, to no-impact deep water jogging classes. There’s a class for everybody and every goal. Check out our Float Fit class or Aqua Circuit. • Classes are 50 minutes, unless otherwise stated, and offered Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings. • Call 591-4573 for class descriptions and class times. • Members and pass holders attend classes free; a one-time complimentary pass is available to guests. • Participants are strongly encouraged to seek medical approval from their physician prior to starting an exercise program. • All Water Fitness Classes are free to members and pass holders (one punch = one visit).

16 Aquatics Swim Lessons for All Ages

Spring & Summer 2020 Certified instructors follow and teach the American Red Cross learn-to-swim curriculum. Classes available for 3 years to adult. Instructor/student ratios are low to enhance the learning and safety of participants. Register online: www.nnparks.com/active or call 591-4573. SESSION 3 (2020) 3 Week Session: April 13 – April 30, 2020 •Registration begins online Sunday March 22 at 12:00 p.m. •In person/phone Monday March 23 at 12:00 pm – March 26 •Participants register for either M/W or T/TH classes •Each class is 45 minutes SESSION 4 (2020) 4 Week Session: May 11 – June 8, 2020 •Registration begins online Sunday April 26 at 12:00 p.m. •In person/phone Monday April 27 at 12:00 p.m. – April 30 •No classes Memorial Day Monday May 25h •Participants register for either M/W or T/TH classes •Each class is 45 minutes

Doris Miller Swimming Pool

2814 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 Free - for Newport News residents only. Visit online for registration information.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

Fee: $50 Ages 15 & up For information regarding dates, times and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Lifeguard Courses offered at Brittingham-Midtown Aquatics Center, please call 591-4573. The class fee does not include the book. Participant must purchase or download the book (redcross.org) before the first day of class. Certifications are received after completing the course and passing all requirements. You can register for the Lifeguard class online at www.nnparks.com/active or call 591-4573.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Fee: $125 Ages 16 & up For information regarding dates, times and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Water Safety Courses offered at BrittinghamMidtown Aquatics Center, please call 591-4573. The class fee does not include the book. Participant must purchase or download the book (redcross.org) before the first day of class. Certifications are received after completing the course and passing all requirements. You can register for the Water Safety Instructor Course online at www.nnparks.com/active or call 591-4573. •Early Opening Day on Saturday, June 13, 2020 •Regular Season from Saturday, June 20, 2020 Labor Day, September 7, 2020 •August hours subject to change •Monday – Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. •Tuesday & Thursday: Adult Swim Only, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. •Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. •CLOSED Sundays

Huntington Park Beach

500 W. Mercury Blvd, Newport News, VA 23607 Free admission, concessions on site Opens Seasonally from Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 2020 to Labor Day, September 7, 2020 Monday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Lifeguard on Duty)



Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run

901 Clubhouse Way (in Newport News Park) 757-886-7925 • www.nngolfclub.com

Two Fantastic Courses - One Location

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run was rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and is the only golf facility in the state to receive both “Best Value” and “Frugal Pick” awards. Two championship courses at one location provides 36 holes of golf immersed in the tranquil and scenic setting of Newport News Park. Golfers can also enjoy a fully stocked pro-shop, on-site restaurant, and a driving range.

See our website for information about our summer youth golf programs!

Driving Range Warm up prior to your round or just practice your swing and drive a few balls at the practice range. Prices (per bucket, tax included): Small: $5 Medium: $8 Bubba: $16

Greens Fees

Weekend/Holiday Weekday Senior Junior unior PM Weekend PM Weekday

Deer Run (w/cart)

Cardinal Course (w/cart)

(w/o cart)


$38 $34 $26.50 $21 $28 $24

$25 $21 $13.50 $8 Cart Required Cart Required

$38 $34 $26.50 $21 $28 $24

*Tax not included.

Golf Associations Join a group of fun-loving golf enthusiasts and meet new golf buddies. Contact the clubhouse or visit us online to see a full list of associations and the day/time of play. Don’t see a group playing at a time that works for you? Get a group together from your work or family and start a new association! Details: www.nngolfclub.com.

Golf Outings Newport News Golf Course offers a full range of golf outing accommodations for groups of 16-160. Our staff help make planning your outing easy and stress free while putting a package together that will fit your budget!

18 Parks For reservations, special assistance or more information: CAMPSITES AND PICNIC SHELTERS 757-888-3333 or 1-800-203-8322 Newport News Park Campsite Office Hours March - April: Daily, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. May - September: Sun. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat., 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Newport News City Parks

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES, MEETINGS, WEDDINGS or NATURE PROGRAMS 757-886-7912 Newport News Park Headquarters Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit our web site at www.nnparks.com for park information. The chart below can also assist you in finding the park that meets your needs.

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


The City’s parks are open daily sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted). Here are just some of the activities waiting for you! AEROMODEL FLYING FIELD Radio controllers can “take-off” at the field located off Richneck Road near Ft. Eustis Boulevard. A paved 400-foot runway and 30-acre fly-over area allow spacious clearance for the perfect landing. Insurance, club dues, and field permit required to use this facility. For more information, visit the club’s website at www. newportnewsrc.org. Annual permit $50 + club dues. ARCHERY Practice your skills at the Newport News Park Archery Range. Archery Safety Class required prior to using the range. Call 888-3333 for class dates. Range is open sunrise to sunset. Permits sold at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Daily permit $2, annual permit $30.



FISHING Saltwater fishing piers are located at Hilton Pier and KingLincoln Park (sunrise to sunset daily), the Wave Screen at King-Lincoln Park (open 24 hours a day), Denbigh Park (sunrise to 10 p.m. daily), and Monitor-Merrimac Overlook (open 24 hours a day). Valid VA saltwater fishing license required.

Freshwater fishing is available sunrise to sunset at Lee Hall and Harwood’s Mill Reservoirs. Shoreline fishing requires a Parks Division shoreline fishing permit in addition to the VA freshwater fishing license. Fishing boat rental $6, shoreline $2, private launch $5. Senior rates available. Lee Hall Reservoir – Boat rentals, private launch and shoreline/pier fishing permits are available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and weekends and holidays (May - September) at the Lee Hall fishing area rental building.

BOAT RAMPS Public boat ramps are located at Denbigh Park (open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily), Peterson’s Yacht Basin (open 24 hours a day) and Huntington Park (open 24 hours a day).

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 - October) at the Harwood’s Mill fishing area. Harwood’s Mill concession is closed November through April for the season.

CAMPING Reserve one of Newport News Park’s wooded campsites for a quiet getaway. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Electrical and water hookups are available. Centralized waste station and camp store are on-site. Campsite rates range from $33 - $50. Senior rates available.

DISC GOLF COURSE IN NEWPORT NEWS PARK An 18-hole championship disc golf course is located in the Arboretum area of Newport News Park. Course passes and rental discs are available at the Campsite Office. Daily $3, seniors 60+ and juniors under 12 are free.

CANOES, PADDLEBOATS and JON BOATS Rentals are available daily ($6 to $8/hour) at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Paddles, oars, and personal flotation devices are provided. You must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft.

DOG PARK - FIDO FIELD AT RIVERVIEW FARM PARK A spacious dog park, complete with small and large dog areas, is open to Fido Field tag holders! All 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 Field tag. For membership and information call 886-7912. $10 for first dog; $5 for additional dogs, same owner. HIKING, JOGGING, AND BIKING TRAILS For the hiking enthusiast, Newport News Park offers over 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and wetlands. Want to go bicycling? Bring your own bike or rent one from the Campsite Office. Newport News Park offers a 5.3-mile bikeway (unpaved, multi-use trail). 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. Rentals available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. HORSESHOE COURTS Bring your own horseshoes and pitch your best on four horseshoe courts located in Newport News Park.

20 Parks

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS Three single-track loops (difficulty levels vary) and connecting fire trails create approximately 5 miles of offroad bicycling fun at the Harwood’s Mill mountain bike trail (located across from the Harwood’s Mill fishing facility on Oriana Road in York County). The trails are open sunrise to sunset daily. Helmets are required for all riders. ORIENTEERING COURSE Test your map and compass skills on our orienteering course. Fifteen control markers are located in Newport News Park. Maps are available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office for $2 each. PICNIC SHELTERS Picnic facilities are located in parks throughout the city (electricity is available at most shelters). You can make your reservations at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, Deer Park, the Parks and Recreation Office at City Center (3rd floor) or online at www.nnparks.com/picnic. Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Shelter fees $40 - $150. PLAYGROUNDS Newport News has playgrounds in seventeen parks across the City. Larger playgrounds include: Fort Fun at Huntington Park – With over 1,900 square feet of play area, Fort Fun is an open view, accessible play structure. Visitors enter a wooded forest that opens into an amazing play zone full of trees, swings, forts, slides, and numerous climbing opportunities. Explorers move to the “open waters” where pirate ships await full of interactive play equipment. Boundless Playground at Deer Park – Fun without Limits! The first of its kind in Virginia, this playground is designed so children with developmental sensory or physical disabilities can play and have adventure opportunities unimpeded. Over 70% of the playground is accessible to children with physical challenges without leaving their support equipment behind. Fantasy Farm Playground at Riverview Farm Park 30,000 square foot community playground located at the corner of Menchville Road and Riverview Parkway. Newport News Park – Four large structure playgrounds are located throughout Newport News Park for your child’s enjoyment.

Fort Fun at Huntington Park

ROPES & INITIATIVES COURSE The Ropes & Initiatives Course, located at Newport News Park, is open to organized groups who are interested in a special challenge. The R&I adventure begins with basic group events called initiative challenges. Activities are designed to enhance communication, leadership, and decision-making skills, as well as self-confidence and group dynamics. The adventure continues when these and other basic skills are applied to a progression of more difficult tasks and challenges. For information concerning reservations and fees, please call 886-7912. SKATE PARK A 3,100 square foot modular skate park is located inside Riverview Farm Park. It consists of 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 757-8883333. The City of Newport News has community garden plots available at TWO locations for Newport News residents. NEW!! The newly opened Community Garden in Hilton is located behind the Main Street Library on Municipal Lane (5’x10’ raised garden beds). The Community Garden in Lee Hall is located in the large open field at 375 Yorktown Road in the Lee Hall area of the City (plots are 18’x40’ in size). Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis but you must apply and pay a fee to be a gardener. Community Garden at Lee Hall $30 Community Garden at Hilton $25 Call 886-7912 for information, or visit www.nnva.gov/903/Gardens to obtain an application.


We have positions in the campground and fishing area operations, trail maintenance, wildlife rehabilitation, nature center operations and programs, and more. Individuals or groups are welcome. Training and supervision provided. Call our volunteer coordinator today at 757-886-7912. PARKS and NATURE CENTERS - HOURS OF OPERATION Parks: Daily SUNRISE – SUNSET (unless otherwise posted) Newport News Park Discovery Center: March & April: Weekends only, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. May - September: Tuesday - Daily, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Weekends only, Noon - 5:00 p.m. Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center: By appointment (call 886-7912 for information) Newport News Park Campsite Office: March & April: Daily, 7:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m May - September: Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 1 0:00 p.m.

PARK PROGRAMS BIRD WALKS Every first and third Sunday of the month at 7:00 a.m. Newport News Park Join the Hampton Roads Bird Club in the Picnic Area 1 parking lot and then carpool 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 10:00 a.m. Newport News Park For pre-school children and their caregivers. We’ll share a fun nature story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center, then take a short walk to discover what we can find outdoors. Dress for the weather. ARCHERY SAFETY April 9 at 7:00 p.m. and April 26 at 10:00 a.m. May 3 at 10:00 a.m. and May 21 at 7:00 p.m. June 4 at 7:00 p.m. June 21 at 10:00 a.m. and July 19 at 10:00 a.m. July 2 at 7:00 p.m. August 2 at 10:00 a.m. and August 13 at 7:00 p.m. August 30 at 10:00 a.m. A park ranger will present this one-hour training to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 888-3333 to sign up. Program is free, but space is limited. FRIDAY NIGHT ADVENTURES Every Friday evening Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend bring your family, your curiosity and your questions to the Discovery Center at Newport News Park 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 888-3333 for more information about each week’s learning adventure! May 22: Awesome Opossums at 6:30 p.m. May 29: Bats! at 8:00 p.m. June 5: Oh Deer! at 6:30 p.m. June 12: Coyote Capers at 6:30 p.m. June 19: Swamp Walk at 6:30 p.m. June 26: Frogs & Toads: Night Chorus at 8:00 p.m. July 3: Insects & their Forest Friends! at 6:30 p.m. July 10: Rascally Raccoons at 6:30 p.m July 17: Snakes: Fact vs. Fiction at 6:30 p.m. July 24: Bats! at 8:00 p.m. July 31: Night Sounds in Nature at 8:00 p.m. August 7: Awesome Opossums at 6:30 p.m. August 14: Oh Deer! at 6:30 p.m. August 21: Busy Beavers at 6:30 p.m. August 28: Rascally Raccoons at 6:30 p.m. “PARK PATROL!” Spring Break Mini-Camp N EW! for Kids Grades 3, 4 & 5 April 6 - 8, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration required - Fee: $30 per child We’ll be hiking the trails, investigating spring wildlife, learning about the season’s new plants, collecting critters at the water’s edge, creating crafts - and having loads of outdoor fun! Space in this new park program is limited, so don’t delay - for more information and registration, call 757-886-7912. “WILD ABOUT NATURE” Camp for Kids Grades 2 & 3 Session #1 - June 22 - 25 (Mon - Thurs) 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Session #2 - July 13 - 16 (Mon - Thurs) 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Registration required - Fee: $40 per child Each day will be a new set of adventures - we’ll explore the fascinating lives of birds, mammals, insects, plants and more. We’ll examine the amazing variety of critters that live at the water’s edge, and we’ll even step back in history to learn about the famous battle that occurred right here during the Civil War. For more information and registration, call 886-7912.



Saturday Programs at Newport News Park OWL PROWL: EVENING PROGRAM March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Take a short hike to see “who” we can find!

FUR-GOODNESS SAKE! March 14 at 10:00 a.m. Learn about the kinds of fur that animals have on their bodies. THOSE SILLY SQUIRRELS March 21 at 10:00 a.m. They’re always up to something! Take a stroll and learn. HELLO SPRING WALK March 28 at 10:00 a.m. Walk along the trail at the water’s edge. THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGN AND BATTLE OF DAM NO.1 April 4 at 2:00 p.m. Walking tour of where soldiers fought. JUNIOR RANGERS April 25 at 10:00 a.m. At the Discovery Center, a Park Ranger will help get you started on the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet. Activities include things you can do in the Park and at home to explore nature and wildlife in our area. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger certificate. CELEBRATING NATURE’S MOMS May 9 at 10:00 a.m. Animal moms have lots of important jobs to do! SWAMP WALK May 16 at 10:00 a.m. A 90-minute walk on the upper marsh Swamp Bridge Trail. BUGS! May 23 at 10:00 a.m.; crafts from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. Weird and wonderful insects are found throughout the Park. LIFE AT THE WATER’S EDGE May 30 at 10:00 a.m. From frogs to plankton, collect critters at the water’s edge. NATURE SMARTS June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Identify intersesting places and things along the trail. FLOWER POWER WALK June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Check out what is growing and blooming along the trail. SCALES & TAILS June 20 at 10:00 a.m. Learn about amphibians and reptiles that live in the Park. FLY LIKE AN EAGLE July 4 at 10:00 a.m.; Crafts from 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. Learn about our Country’s national symbol! SAFETY IN NATURE July 11 at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to stay safe on outdoor adventures. SUMMER HIKE July 25 at 10:00 a.m. See the incredible variety of summer plants and animals. SWAMP THINGS August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Discover plants and animals that make their home in the marsh. LIFE IN A LOG August 8th at 10:00 a.m. Learn why logs are an important part of nature’s cycle of life. SAFETY IN NATURE August 15th at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to stay safe on outdoor adventures. Rangers and naturalists are available for program presentations. To schedule a specialized program for your class or organized group, please call 886-7912.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT Saturday July 18th 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Riverview Farm Park Family-friendly evening of star gazing and astronomy fun with Virginia Living Museum and Newport News Park staff. Free.

22 Parks, Museums & Historical Services 7499 River Road • 757-247-2359 www.leewardmarina.com tphillips@nnva.gov

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

Virginia War Museum Artifacts, weapons, uniforms & more

9285 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23607 Call 757-247-8523 or visit www.warmuseum.org.

Kids Summer Camps

1920 Kids War Game Camp, June 22 - 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kids will learn about the conflicts of 1920 through the use of miniatures. Ages 11 - 17. Pre-registration required. Registration will open May 1st. Cost $125.00. War at Sea in the Missile Age War Game Camp June 29 - July 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kids will learn about modern Naval Warfare through the use of miniatures. Ages 11 - 17. Korea, the Forgotten War Kids War Game Camp July 6 - 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kids learn about the Korean conflict through the use of miniatures and learn how to paint miniature figures along with other hobby techniques. Ages 11 - 17. Pre-registration required. Registration will open May 1st. Cost $175.00. For more information, call 757-247-8523 or email cgarcia@nnva.gov. WWII Camp, July 20 - 23 and August 3 - 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Falaise Gap 1944.” Campers will learn about the campaign through living history activities and reenacting battles. This camp is outdoors. It requires physical activity and campers must be able to follow directions. For ages 8 - 13. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens April 1st. Cost is $175 for veteran WWII Campers and $200 for new recruits. Leadership Academy, August 17 - 21 Youths will learn leadership, team building and critical thinking skills by planning and executing missions using miniatures. This year’s theme will be Operations Rolling Thunder and Linebacker during the Vietnam War. Ages 12-17. Pre-registration required. Registration will open May 1st. Cost $125.00. For more information on these camps, call 757-247-8523 or email at cgarcia@nnva.gov. Guns of August War Game Convention, August 28 - 30 This year’s theme is “War in the New World,” covering conflicts in North and South America from 1000AD through the present. War games and vendors will be going on throughout the weekend. Extended hours Friday and Saturday. Admission included with regular museum admission.


Museums & Historical Services Van Tours with Historian J. Michael Moore

Civil War Van Tour: The Battle of the Ironclads March 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Explore the men and technology behind America’s first ironclads. The tour includes visits to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, the Monitor-Merrimack Overlook, and the Mariners’ Museum. Cost is $55.00 per person. Civil War Van Tour: Vermont and Louisiana Troops on the Virginia Peninsula, April 18, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. The Green Mountain Boys and the Louisiana Zouaves provided colorful episodes of camp life and participated in the Civil War’s first battles. Visit Hampton, Camp Butler, Cedar Lane, Young’s Mill, Dam No. 1, and Yorktown. Cost is $45.00 per person. Civil War Van Tour: New York and Alabama Troops on the Virginia Peninsula, May 16 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From artillerymen to Zouaves, the Empire State and the Cotton State sent thousands of troops to the Old Dominion. Follow their exploits from Big Bethel to Williamsburg. Cost is $45.00 per person. History Van Tour: The World of 1607 June 20, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Journey back to seventeenth century Virginia to learn about the Chesapeake voyages of English Sea Dog Captain Christopher Newport and noted adventurer Captain John Smith. Cost is $50.00 per person.


Lee Hall Mansion

1858 Italianate Antebellum Home 163 Yorktown Road Newport News, VA 23603 Call 888-3371 or visit www.leehall.org Great Easter Egg Hunt April 11 A popular spring family tradition! The Hunt features crafts, games, and activities for children pre and posthunt, including a scavenger hunt of the historic grounds. Admission is $5.00 per child. The Hunt begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Arrive by 9:30 a.m. to enjoy the festivities and partake of numerous photo opportunities. For more information call 888-3371 ext. 304.

Civil War Van Tour: Grant Maneuvers to the James River July 18, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Follow the route of General Grant’s forces south from the North Anna River to the James River. The tour includes visits to the Shelton House, Haw’s Shop, Cold Harbor, Wilcox’s Landing and North Bend Plantation. Cost is $55.00 per person. For reservations and more information about the van tours, call 888-3371 ext. 306.

Children’s Civil War Day Camp, June 22 - 26 and July 27 - 31 Why read about history, when you can experience it first-hand! Children can learn about America’s rich military heritage, teamwork, leadership skills and get exercise too. This fun and educational camp is for boys and girls ages 8-13. Participants will get the chance to “join the army” for the week and experience life as a Civil War soldier. Experiences include camp life, drills and battles. This year’s theme will focus on the Western battles in 1865. Pre-registration required. For registration information visit endview.org or call 887-1862.

Endview Plantation

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

Special Events Join us for these great events!

Newport News Childrens’ Festival of Friends Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Newport News Park 100+ free rides, games, and activities for kids. Free admission, $5 per car parking fee.

Third Thursdays Live! Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends

Thursdays- May 21, June 18 & July 16, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City Center at Oyster Point Live music, food trucks, and beverages. Free admission.

King-Lincoln Park Day

Saturday, June 6, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. King-Lincoln Park Free activities, live music, exhibits, and food vendors. Free admission. 4th of July Stars in the Sky

4th of July Stars in the Sky

World Art Celebration

Saturday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Victory Landing Park Fireworks, live music, food vendors, and free children’s activities. Free admission.

Summertime Concert Series

Saturday, July 11 and August 15, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. King-Lincoln Park Live music, food vendors. Free admission.

World Arts Celebration

Saturday, August 22, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City Center at Oyster Point International entertainment, hands-on activities, exhibits, and food vendors. Free admission. For information: 757-926-1400 • www.nnparks.com festivals@nnva.gov Newport News Special Events nnspecialevents

Profile for nnva

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2020 Magazine  

Discover all the parks, facilities, classes, programs, and events offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Newport News, VA.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2020 Magazine  

Discover all the parks, facilities, classes, programs, and events offered by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Newport News, VA.

Profile for nnva