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Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Spring/Summer 2017 Magazine

Travel the World . . . in One Afternoon! Keep Kids Busy at Specialty Camps Camping is a “budget friendly� Family Vacation Ways to Help Homeless Animals Why is Newport News Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald? Swim Into Summer at THREE Great Places! 757-926-1400


Where can I find . . .

Museums & Historic Services 2, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 3, Instructional Classes 4 - 7, Youth Programs 8, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter 9, Active Lifestyles 10 -11, Community Centers 12, Athletics 13 - 14, Aquatics 15 - 16, Golf 16, Parks & Leeward Marina 17 - 19, Special Events & Tourism 20

Need help?

If you need special assistance or if you cannot find what you are looking for, please call us at 757-926-1400 or email us at

Michael Poplawski Director

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

Tammy Jordan Assistant Director, Recreation J. Michael Nealer Assistant Director, Parks Cindy Brouillard Director of Tourism

Museums & Historic Services Showing the role Newport News played in shaping our Nation

Fill Your Glass

Virginia War Museum Artifacts, weapons, uniforms & more 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607 Call 757-247-8523 or visit Women’s History Month Film Festival- March 4, 11, 18 & 25. Weekly film focusing on Women’s Military History. Immigrants in The American Army WWI Talk- May 6. Virginia National Guard Historian and Author, Al Barns will speak as part of our WWI Centennial Celebration. America Mobilizes: WWI Living History Event- June 17 - 18. Experience drills, weapons demonstrations, talks and Kids Boot Camps. Held at Endview Plantation. 15th Toy Solider Show- May 20. Shop for antique and modern toy soldiers. Kids of all ages can play miniature war games. Annual Memorial Day Ceremony- May 29. Honor our Nation’s heroes at the Newport News Victory Arch and save $1 off admission to the museum.

There are few better ways to spend a summer afternoon than enjoying a glass of wine with friends under the shade trees by the Lee Hall Mansion. The Summer Celebration Wine Festival, June 10, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, showcases Virginia’s best wineries along with live music, exquisite food and unique craft vendors. Ticket sales ($20 in advance, $25 at the gate, or $10 for a non-tasting ticket) benefit the preservation efforts and programs of the City’s historic sites. You can bring your own chairs, tables and picnic basket to set up a “camp” with your friends (no outside alcohol permitted).

Lee Hall Mansion 1858 Italianate Antebellum Home 163 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-888-3371 or visit Civil War Van Tours- March 18, May 20, June 17 & July 15. Historian, J. Michael Moore leads day tours at sites throughout Virginia. Great Easter Egg Hunt with Easter Bunny- April 15, 10:00 am. Games and crafts before and after the hunt, $5 per child (for ages 12 & under). Civil War Reenactment- June 4. 600+ reenactors with battles, living history and talks commemorating the 155th Anniversary of the Seven Days Campaign.

“In the spring of 1862, the cry “On to Richmond” was echoed by Union troops moving towards the Confederate capital. Some of the deadliest battles were fought in Newport News.”

What if a Camp Could Make History?

Registration: Civil War Camp 887-1862, WW II Camp 247-8523 Make history fun? Make history something that helps you understand our Nation? The Children’s Civil War Camp (June 26 - 30, July 24 - 28) will get your children (ages 8 - 13) outside running around and definitely having a summer they will remember. They will learn teamwork and leadership through camp life, drills and battles at Endview Plantation. Each year has a theme, and this year it is “The War in the West: 1862.” The WWII Children’s Camp (July 17 - 20, August 7 -10) organized by the Virginia War Museum will explore the Arnhem Campaign.

Endview Plantation 1769 ‘T’- frame Georgian-style house 362 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, VA 23603 Call 757-887-1862 or visit Civil War Reenactment- June 3 - 4. 600+ reenactors with battles, living history and talks commemorating the 155th Anniversary of the Seven Days Campaign.

Building Community Through the Arts Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 3

Born in Newport News, Celebrated All Over the World In honor of Ella’s 100th birthday, we bring you “Reflections: 100 Years of Ella”. We celebrate Newport News’ beloved native daughter with a season of performances and events that reflect her extraordinary life and legacy. Ella recorded more than 200 albums, was awarded 13 Grammys, and was the first female vocalist to receive a Grammy during the first year of the awards. She has the distinction of being the first entertainer to perform at a Super Bowl half time (Super Bowl VI), in a show honoring the passing of Louis Armstrong.

Galleries Anderson Johnson Gallery Working in the Spirit The Visionary Art & Life of Elder Anderson Johnson, 1915 – 1998. Peer into the world of one of our city’s most prolific folk artists. Newport News Community Gallery Highlighting local youth and adult artists, this gallery features rotating shows throughout the year.

Signature Events

Youth Programs

March 4, 7:00 pm My Sisters’ Keeper: Ladies in Red March 11, 8:00 pm El DeBarge in concert March 16, 8:00 pm Heritage High School Cotton Club March 18, 1:00 pm VA Opera: The Three Little Pigs

Performing Arts Spoken Word Jr. Steel Pan Drum Ensemble Video/Photography

May 4, 10:00 am The Spirit of Taikoza June 3, 8:00 pm Amel Larrieux In Honor of Black Music Month July 20 – 22 FAME The Musical – youth community production


For our centennial celebration, we are bringing El DeBarge, and Amel Larrieux to Newport News, among other fantastic performing and visual artists. April 2017; this year’s Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival is four days of festivities for all ages. Inspired by Ms. Fitzgerald’s lifelong commitment to youth and the arts, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center continues to offer a variety of youth and young adult programming for our youngest citizens and families. From spoken word to steel drums, children of all ages will find activities and workshops to explore their creative side.

The Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival Centennial Celebration 4 Days of Music, Entertainment and Community Events: April 19, 4:00 pm Ella’s Birthday Party: Children’s Celebration April 20, 8:00 pm Ella is My Major: College Night featuring CC Sun Child April 21, 8:00 pm Rhonda Ross April 22, 8:00 pm 19th Annual EllaFest Concert Finale featuring Lizz Wright

2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607

Birthday Party Packages Let the charismatic staff of Downing-Gross facilitate your child’s birthday party. Theme Options: ART, THEATER, COSTUME 25 Mics - Open Mic Night Hosted by Nina Brewtown, our monthly open mic night gives local artists and performers a chance to share their work with the public in a friendly, informal setting. Spoken word artists, musicians, singer/songwriters, and others are encouraged to attend. Open Mic begins at 7:00pm on the following dates: March 14, 2017 April 11, 2017 May 9, 2017 June 13, 2017 July 11, 2017 August 8, 2017 Paint Nights 1st Friday of the month with Chelsea VanHook of definedARTS.

April “In Ella’s Lifetime” - 100 Artists for Ella May Bobby Scott’s 3rd Congressional District High School Art Show, Hilton Elementary School Art Show June “Future Love Paradise” - Clayton Singleton July/August “Out of the Classroom” - Local Artists & Teachers

Rental Facilities

With flexible spaces for up to 400 attendees, our beautiful, modern rooms are fully equipped with A/V hookups, tables and chairs. We also have a professional caterer’s kitchen. Facilities available for rental: Ella Fitzgerald Theater Charles C. Allen Executive Board Room L. Marian Poe Meeting Room Banquet Room Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio

The Newsome House

Honoring the legacy of Joseph Thomas Newsome by engaging the public in an ongoing study and remembrance of African American history and culture.

2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2360 Open for visitors & tours: Thurs. - Sat . 10:00 am - 5:00 pm SPECIAL EVENTS A Walk with Ella, April 8, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Arbor Day Festival, April 22, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EXHIBITS Anderson Johnson Art & Soul Exhibition Series May 20, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4 Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages For our current class descriptions, schedules, locations, registration fees, and pictures: or call 926-1400. We are always adding new classes! Instructional Programs offers seasonal sessions, monthly classes, and single-day workshop options to fit your schedule. Classes are held in our community centers and other local sites. Our goal is to provide knowledgeable, friendly instruction for all ages for a minimal fee. Like us on Facebook Newport News PR&T- Instructional & Facilities See Special Offers, New Classes & more!

Make Even More Art….

Computers The Digital Age is upon us. Our classes can show you the many uses of computers from both the serious and creative sides. 3D Animation and Game Design 3D Animation 3D Animation Pt. 2 Adobe Photoshop Making Toys Move (Animating Building Blocks) MS Access MS Excel MS Powerpoint MS Word Video Game Design Pt. 2

There’s a saying “art is in the eye of the beholder ” and through Instructional Programs, participants have the ability to experience multiple forms of art. Below, is a list of ten reasons why you and your family will benefit from joining one of our many art programs. 1. Improve Academic Performance 2. Develop Motor Skills 3. Build Confidence 4. Encourage Visual Learning 5. Promote Decision Making 6. Perseverance 7. Focus 8. Collaboration 9. Accountability 10. Foster Creativity What comes to mind when you think “Art”? For many, painting and drawing are the first things to come to mind. By definition, Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Art is developed through dance, sculptures, drawing, clay work, painting, photography, sewing, quilting or knitting. So, next time you get the urge to express yourself or want to try something new, give one of these classes a try.

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~ Andy Warhol

Art Add a splash of color to your life! Express yourself, bring out your creative side, learn a new skill and meet some new friends with our selection of art classes and events.

Acrylic Painting Drawing & Painting for Teens & Adults Mixed Media Oil Painting Paint Night Events Pee Wee Picassos Young Artist Learning Explorers

From STEM to STEAM and Everything In Between We offer classes for children and teens that enhance STEM and STEAM skills. Upcoming classes during the Spring Break (April 3 - 7) include 3D Animation: Planes, Trains and Automobiles and 3D Animation: Knights, Castles and Creatures, both at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center. Students will take an exciting adventure into the world of computer animation and learn to create 3D models of planes, trains and cars, making them move, fly and drive. STEM classes offered during the Spring session include 3D Animation, Aviation, Boxing and STEAM-based Music and Art.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~ Aristotle

Cooking Are you an aspiring chef or baker? Have a sweet

Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages 5 Gymnastics For over 35 years, Instructional Programs has

tooth? Or just want to try something new? If you answered “Yes” to any of these, there are classes, workshops and camps available year-round just for you! We offer hands-on classes designed to provide creative, tasty fun. Kid’s Beginner Cake Decorating Camp Kid’s Intermediate Cake Decorating Camp Kid’s Spring Cookie Decorating Kid’s Chocolate Camp Kid’s Dessert Camp (All About Desserts) Kid’s Spring Chocolate Bouquet Kid’s Summer Cupcakes Decorating

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 turns, leaps, heel taps or freestyle, our classes will get you up and moving to the music! Ballet - Level 1 & 2 Ballet, Tap & Jazz Ballet/Jazz - Level 1 Ballet/Tap - Level 1 Ballet & Tap Combo Hip Hop Dance – Beginner Hype Time Dance Jazz/Tap - Level 1 Tiny Tots Ballet Polynesian and Hula Spring Recital

offered gymnastics classes to participants as young as 18 months old. Now we are extending our offer to children 10 months old! Throughout our progressive programs, our qualified instructors will assist in developing total body strength, balance, coordination, tumbling skills and confidence through activity circuits and conditioning drills, all in a safe and fun environment. Once fundamentals are mastered, gymnasts can test their skills on the balance beam, vault, uneven bars and the trampoline. Class contests, games and relays help motivate gymnasts as a group, while each gymnast is encouraged to develop at their own pace. Participants are evaluated throughout each session to ensure progress. Once a gymnast has mastered their skill level they will be recommended to advance to the next level. Big Kid’s Gym Boy’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Creative Movement Dynamic Duo I & II Home School Gymnastics Girl’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Gymini Crickets I, II & Advanced Gymnastics Playgroup Tumbling for Cheerleaders Tumbling Toddlers Young Gymini Crickets Spring Recital

Now offering classes starting at 10 months old!

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

Fabric & Thread Whether you are a life-long needle

worker or someone who just received their first sewing machine, we have a class catered to you. Join in on our classes and projects for a therapeutic, social activity that will also provide you with a finished product you will be proud of for years to come. To see pictures of class projects, visit Hemming Knitting Quilting Quilting Lock-ins Needle & Thread Thursdays Scandinavian Sweater Sewing – Beginner & Intermediate Kids Learn to Sew

Check out our great summer camps listed on activenet! Intro to Aviation • Cake Decorating Chocolate & Dessert Making • 3D Animation • Gymnastics

Join a Competition Team! City Arts Dance Company Flipateers Gymnastics Team For Information, call 757-926-1400




Children’s Festival of Friends

See our great dancers and gymnasts perform at the Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends on May 6!

6 Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages

The Fitness Movement Families of all shapes and sizes are looking for ways to get or stay healthy. Something as simple as a fifteen-minute walk after dinner can give you the push you need to get going or get started. Allow Instructional Programs to become a part of your routine. We offer a variety of options from Aerobics, Zumba, Yoga, Step and Sculpt, Indoor Cycling and various Martial Art forms.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” - Unknown Health & Fitness Intimidated by big gyms? Need help

getting motivated? Whether you have a specific fitness goal or you just want to push yourself to the next level, look no further than our classes! Back ‘N Shape Barre Beginning Yoga Buns & Tums Get Out & Flow Yoga Group Indoor Cycling Hi/Low Combo Fitness Mat Pilates w/ Props Neo-Soul Yoga Step & Sculpt Tabata Strong Yoga-Lates Zumba

Languages Communication is at the center of everything we do in life. It is one of the most important aspects of work and play. Understanding how to communicate with others is a great lesson and learning other languages can open new doors to the world. American Sign Language – Beginner & Intermediate Spanish – Beginner & Intermediate

Martial Arts Martial arts training promotes fitness, confidence, and increased attention span . . . all while teaching to protect yourself from potential danger. Whether you are looking for basic self-defense, a grappling system, or even something more exotic, we have something that meets your needs. Our class sizes are generally small, allowing for more personal attention from our qualified instructors and our prices cannot 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

Music If you have ever wanted to learn to read music and play

an instrument, start here! We offer classes for children and adults in guitar, piano and ukulele, along with other innovative and fun classes. Adventures in Guitar or Ukulele Little Ones on the Drums Paper Magic: Making Music Music Keyboarding Fun for Adults & Seniors Piano Adventures Piano Adventures Pt. 2 Learning with Hymn: Piano & Organ More with Music (Part 2 for Piano, Guitar & Ukulele)

Personal Development Everyone can find some way to better themself and we want to help! Our classes can introduce you to a new skill or continue a favorite hobby. Couponing Heartsaver CPR, First Aid & AED Intro to Aviation – Ground School Juice Box Wellness

Sports Our classes help keep children and adults active and fit while introducing them to a variety of sports, all in a non-competitive, safe, and fun environment. Starting at age three with parent/child classes and continuing through adulthood, our classes offer the first introductions to future sports and skill development. Basketball Skills & Drills Beginner Boxing for Children & Adults Boxing Orientation for Children & Adults “Little Sports” Class Ice Skating-Beginners Ice Skating-Kids Beginner Ice Skating-Tiny Tots Intermediate Boxing for Children & Adults Field Hockey Skills & Drills Parent & Child Soccer Soccer Skills & Drills

Instructional Classes Fun learning for all ages 7

Three Ways to Register for Instructional Classes In Person Registration: Step 1: Stop in at any of our community centers or facilities.

In-person registrations can pay by check, money order or creditcard (Visa, MC or American Express only).

Step 2: If registering in person, staff will provide a receipt.

Phone Registration: Step 1: Register by phone. Call 926-1400 or call any of our community centers to register with a credit card.

Step 2: If registering over the phone, staff will email a receipt.

Online Registration:

Step 1: Go to 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 our centers or facilities. Step 2:

After creating your account, you are ready to register for any of our classes, trips, programs or events. Visit any time of day. Online registration can be done from the comfort of your home and paid for with a credit card. Please understand that there is a convenience fee which is non-refundable.

Step 3: If registering online, 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!

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. No computer? No problem, you can always register by phone or in person at any of our recreation centers.

Registration Information for Instructional Programs 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). 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 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, 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 & 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. Enrollee assumes the risk of changes in personal affairs or health. Registrations received by check will receive a check refund, which has a processing time line 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).

8 Youth Programs Playing with a purpose

Filling the Gap Between School & Home Youth Programs is the ideal place for children to develop social skills. It is a caring, compassionate environment that fosters ‘teachable moments’ where children learn how to interact in a group setting. In Youth Programs, children don’t just play; they learn important life lessons as they create, play house, or get involved in a group game. By interacting with other children their minds are stimulated creatively while partaking in responsible behavior such as sharing and playing fair. Not only that, but children explore their needs, talents and abilities in stations with activities in music, reading, home living, community exploration, science, art, and drama. We are passionately committed to a child’s enjoyment of their Youth Programs experience at their school.

Building Social Character

When the children are out of school for break Youth Programs doesn’t take a break! We ensure children have plenty to stay occupied by offering Spring Fling camp April 3-7, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 pm at both Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center. During Spring Fling we promote ‘Kickin’ 4 a Cause’ where we raise money for charity and have an end of the week charity event. Once school is out for the year, we gear right up for Summer Camp! It is offered at multiple schools through-out the city as well as our two community centers and runs, June 20, 2017 – August 11, 2017. Our theme this summer is Time Travelers. Children will travel back in time and learn about history through weekly themed activities, sports and recreation and leisure activities. Summer camp includes field trips to various locations like Rebounderz, Busch Gardens, Ocean Breeze, Bounce House, Paragon and other fun and exciting places in our area. For the last two weeks of summer, August 14 – August 25, 2017 we consolidate all summer sites to Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center. Please come see us at our Healthy Youth Day & Summer Camp Expo Saturday, April 8th to learn more about our summer camp!

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Developing Creative Thinking Youth Programs offers Before and After School Care for both Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) and Middle School (6th – 8th Grade) and an all-day Early Childhood Program (3 – 5 years old) at 23 different locations for children ranging from 3 years old – 8th grade. These locations are conveniently located in the elementary schools or community centers, where the children can easily be transported by bus to and from school. The programs that are located at community centers are for the 3-5 year oldsthat are not in school, as well as the middle school program.

Have a Happy, Healthy, Summer Youth Programs will be hosting the 3rd Annual Healthy Youth Day & Summer Camp Expo Saturday, April 8th from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm It is our mission to promote a healthy lifestyle for all—in particular the youth of Newport News. Healthy Youth Day will attract citizens across the city and engage youth and parents in healthy activities from food preparation to fun fitness. In addition, we will showcase all summer camp options, programs, and events offered by the department. Come out to learn more about what Youth Programs has to offer!

To register for any of these programs, please visit our website or call us at 757-926-1400.

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter & Animal Services Helping our furry friends 9 View Our Adoptable Pets at:

You can help homeless animals by . . . Adopting:

It is not just dogs and cats. We have small animals including turtles, lizards, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits, and birds! Watch our Facebook page for special adoption promotions.

http://www.petango/ PeninsulaRegional AnimalShelter


Be a “Weekend Warrior” and take a shelter dog home for a weekend break. Help socialize animals to get them ready for new homes. Get the word out about our wonderful animals at adoption and outreach events. Assist our staff with animal care.

Donating supplies:

Newspapers Washable Toys (Cats & Dogs) Nylabones Cat & Dog Beds Canned Cat & Dog Food Creamy Peanut Butter Hot Dogs Apples & Carrots Timothy & Alfalfa Hay Reptile Heat Lamps Small Animal Water Bottles

For more information call 757-595-PETS

• Pet rescue • Enforcement of City animal regulations • Public education on proper animal care and licensing • Wildlife management issues • Nuisance wildlife • Feral animal problems

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

Working together, the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and York County collaborated to build the state-of-the-art facility that provides a variety of animal services for the Peninsula’s residents and animals. Adoption Hours Monday : 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thursday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Owner Reclaims, Stray Drop Offs, Owner Surrenders Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Adoption Fees: Adult Cat $50, Kitten $60 Adult Dog Over 30 lbs $50 Adult Dog Under 30 lbs $100 Puppies (Under 1 Year) $100 Small Animals $10 or less Reptiles & Birds $20 Senior Animals (8+ yrs.) to Sr. Adoptees (64+) fee waived!

Buy an engraved brick paver to honor a pet lover . . . or pet! Pavers will be placed in a walkway at the Animal Shelter. All proceeds support shelter animals as they await forever homes.

10 Active Lifestyles Adding Life to Your Years

Ages 50 & up

Phone: 757-926-1400 E-mail: Website:

What’s in a Name? Is this program for me?

The Active Lifestyles Program (ALP) adapted its name in 2006 to reflect our mission…to provide opportunities for active living. Most individuals desire to live long and prosper; and staying active and living a healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of succeeding. Everyone needs a little motivation at times to keep moving and to eat better.

Is Pickleball Really a Game? In 1965, three Congressmen inadvertently created a game that we now call Pickleball when they returned from playing golf and found their children were bored. The game started with table tennis (ping pong) paddles, a whiffle ball and using a lowered net from their badminton court. The men wanted a game that was challenging, could be played by all ages – thus engaging the whole family – and had some governing rules. Pickleball caught on in the neighborhood, spread across the state of Washington; and is now played around the world – with over two million players in the U.S. alone. Pickleball was officially recognized in 1972; setting the stage for more structure in rules and equipment. Players can join the United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), purchase paddles that suit their playing style, play indoors and out, participate in local and regional sanctioned tournaments, and compete in state and national Senior Games. An avid player can play seven days a week. The Active Lifestyles Program hosted four years of Pickleball in the Virginia Senior Games (2013-2016) which helped to build interest in the game. The Program now offers indoor Pickleball play at three Community Centers four days a week. There is no fee to play and equipment is provided on a first come/first served basis. Annual tournaments are held where competition can be fierce and the play is worth watching. Want to learn how to play? Already know but looking for a place to play? Brittingham-Midtown Community Center: Tuesdays & Fridays: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Denbigh Community Center: Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Doris Miller Community Center: Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With that in mind, the ALP applied for, and was awarded, two grants from the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) that should motivate each of us: Walk with Ease (WWE) – Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability and affects over 52 million people – both young and old; and evidence shows that exercise and weight management is beneficial for arthritis sufferers. Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s ALP’s daily programs are aimed at keeping seniors active. WWE was chosen as it specifically targets those with arthritis. In WWE gentle range-of-motion exercises, health education, and warm up and cool down exercises are included in addition to walking; all designed and proven to reduce pain and improve overall health. The program will be held for one hour, two to three times per week for eight weeks beginning in April. The program is free and taught by certified instructors; with oversite from the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Active Living Every Day (ALED) – ALED, the second of our grants, is a 12-week behavior-change program that helps sedentary people become and stay physically active. It does not prescribe exercise, but focuses on incorporating physical activity into everyday lifestyle. The program can be personalized to meet each individual’s readiness and skills through goal setting, identifying and addressing physical activity barriers, self-monitoring and social support. Moderate-intensity physical activity could include taking a 10 minute walk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, playing Frisbee with the grandchildren or gardening. The program will be held for one hour, once a week for twelve weeks beginning in the Spring of 2017. The program is free and taught by certified instructors; with oversite from the National Recreation and Park Association in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Registration is required for each of the programs. For information on Walk with Ease (WWE) or Active Living Every Day (ALED), contact Active Lifestyles staff at any Center or call 926-1446 for more information.

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


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Class Sessions Begin: April 10 and July 10, 2017 Registration opens one month prior to each session.

Now in its 18th year, the Annual Senior Amateur Golf Classic will be held on May 17. The $68 entry fee includes lunch, prizes and an additional free round of golf. Call 757-926-1465 for more information and to register.

For a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions, visit Active Lifestyles Classes are offered at various times and skill levels to meet the needs of the beginner to advanced students.

Walking Program All ages are welcome to enjoy an early morning walk inside the Denbigh Community Center and the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (call centers for hours).

Dance Line Dance Tap Dance Senior Belly Dance

Doing Anything Special This Year?

Art Realistic Drawing & Sketching Drawing Water Media Oil & Acrylic Painting Advanced Oil Painting Oil Painting & Other Mediums Crafts & Hobbies Ceramics Upholstery Jewelry Making Learn to Play Bridge Knitting and Crochet Clubs

You can register for classes . . .

Health & Well-Being Yoga Tai Chi and Body-Mind Practice Movin’ On Essentrics: Aging Backwards Boot Camp for Seniors Walk With Ease (WWE) Active Living Every Day (ALED)

Online at: By Phone: 757-926-1400 In Person: At any Active Lifestyles Center or the Main Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office

AARP Defensive Driving Courses Two-day refresher course is open to all registered drivers at: Brittingham-Midtown Community Center Denbigh Community Center Hilton Senior Center Doris Miller Community Center Call Community Centers directly or visit

Where are You Going? Come with us on our Trips!

We have day, overnight, and extended-travel opportunities. Dates and destinations range to include educational, leisure and entertaining opportunities. Upcoming trips include Lancaster PA, Memphis TN & Tunica MS, Upper Mataponi Spring Festival & Pow Wow, International Foods Restaurant Tour, Edgar Cayce Institute, Maryland Live!, Harrington and the new MGM Grand Casinos. Check out the complete listing in the Active Lifestyles newsletter or call Carolyn at 757-812-7909 for information.

April 29 Brain Health Fair

May 17 Senior Amateur Golf Classic

June 3 King-Lincoln Park Day

September Lifelong Citizenship Awards Ceremony

October 13 Fish Fry

December 13 Yuletide Program

Where Everyone Knows Your Name Make new friends at our Centers! Each of our Active Lifestyles Centers offer 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) 14301 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23608 757-886-7929

Denbigh Craft Club • Beading Club • Bunco Join Fashion Elegantés Modeling Club • Doll Club Card Players • Bridge Club • BINGO Pokeno & Mah Jong the Club See the Active Lifestyles Newsletter for meeting locations and times.

12 Community Centers Your neighborhood place for fitness & fun

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 • 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).

FREE! Friday Family Movie Nights Now Playing Monthly at Your Favorite Community Centers!

Enjoy a new release on our large screen with your family. We will even have special activities, including games and prizes! Call your favorite Community Center or stop by the front desk to find out what is playing this month AND to sign up to attend (preregistration required).

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).

Where’s the Party? If your house is too small for your big guest list, rent a room at one of our Community Centers! Rental times are based on availability and reservations must be made no later than thirty (30) days prior to and no sooner than 6 (six) months prior to an event. Call the center you are interested in and our staff will help you get your party started.

Denbigh Community Center

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

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 • Multi-purpose Rooms • Open-air Pavilion • 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 Here comes the sun . . . is having a free Spring Family Fun Day on April 8 from . . . here comes the fun! 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Interactive games will be set up in the gym . . . challenge one another in a game of ping pong or corn hole! Play bingo for a chance to win fun prizes and visit the community outreach room to learn more about reptiles, animals and spring gardening tips. You can color, play games and watch a family movie on our large screen while you munch on popcorn. For more information about the Spring Family Fun Day, please visit our Facebook page @DenbighCC.

Riverview Gymnastics Center 125 City Farm Road, Newport News, VA 23602 757-591-4853 • Gymnastics Area • Tumble Trak • Dance Rooms • Multi-purpose Rooms

Our competitive gymnastics and dance team train here along with preschoolers learning their first somersaults. Birthday parties and camps keep this center “jumping.”

What is Open Recreation? Open Recreation is designated times when you can come play sports 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 our centers for their current Open Recreation hours!

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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 Coord.- Jeannette Davis, The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers many activities on our 20 lighted hardcourts 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- 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday- 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday- Based on tournaments or other activities

Facility Amenities & Programs: Court Rental: $5.50/hour per court; Newport News Residents – Tennis Time – Wednesday, $2.75/hour, April - October. (Proof of residency required.) Tennis Leagues: (6 weeks session) Singles - $40/person, Doubles - $20/person. Call for session start dates. 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.

April 15, May 20, June 17, July 22, August 19 September 9, October 21 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Not Just Tennis Family Days FREE tennis court usage, includes on and off court games, tennis, corn hole, obstacles course, etc. Racquets and tennis balls provided. June 19 - 22 (Reg. by June 12) July 24 - 27 (Reg. by July 17) Aug. 21 - 24 (Reg. by Aug. 14) 9 am - 1 pm daily

$130/per person, includes daily snacks

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 Sunday; “Doubles Trouble” Second and Fourth Sunday; 1:00 pm -2:00 pm; $14.

Instructional Tennis Classes:

All classes are held on a monthly (4 weeks) basis at Huntington Park Tennis Center and will be taught by Harvey Robinson and/ or his trained staff. Pre-registration is recommended. Check class listing 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 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. Tournament - Much experience. This level player is playing tournaments, may play on a high school team, is consistent and has knowledge of the rules of match play.

Ages 5 - 18

BIG TOP QUICK START TENNIS CAMPS Beginner – Intermediate Level Call 757-926-1507 or email

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 and cheerleading and other activities, liability insurance may be required. Additional fees may apply for use of special equipment and set-up.

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How to Register for Youth and Adult Sport Leagues In Person Registration:

Central Athletic Office- Warwick Recreation Center 29 Copeland Lane, Newport News, Virginia 23601 Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturdays 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Closed Sundays Office 757-591-4892, Fax 757-591-4925 Additional in person registration sites: Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Courthouse Way Community Center, Denbigh Community Center, Doris Miller Community Center, Oyster Point City Center and Riverview Gymnastics Center. Hours vary at these sites. These sites only accept credit, check, or money order (NO CASH).

Online Registration: You can register for any of these activities on ActiveNet. Search for the sport at nnparksrectourism. Online registration through ActiveNet will not be available for football, baseball or softball.

Want to rent a gymnasium or an athletic field? For a gymnasium, call the community center where the gymnasium is located. For outdoor athletic fields or the Warwick Recreation Center Gymnasium, call 757-591-4892.

Adult Sport Leagues Spring Adult Softball Men and Women (Men and Coed teams) Interest Meeting: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Denbigh Community Center. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Summer Adult Field Hockey Men and Women (Coed teams) Registration Dates: Online registration begins April 1. In person registration: May 1 – May 8, 2017. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center. Other registration sites may be added on certain days and times citywide. What to bring: $25 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents. $40 player participation fee for non-City residents. League age as of June 1, 2017. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Fall Adult Softball Men and Women (Men and Coed teams) Interest Meeting: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30pm at Denbigh Community Center. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Stoney Run Athletic Complex 15194 Warwick Blvd., Open March Newport News, VA 23608 – November 757-886-7868, Fax 757-886-7870 • 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

Youth Sport Leagues Spring Youth Volleyball- Boys and Girls, ages 8-17 Registration Dates: Online registration begins February 1. In person registration: March 1 – March 7, 2017. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center. What to bring: Parent/Guardian. $25 participation fee for City of Newport News residents. $40 player participation fee for non-City residents. League age as of March 1, 2017. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Summer Youth Basketball- Boys and Girls, ages 7-15 Registration Dates: Online registration begins May 1. In person registration: June 1 – June 7, 2017. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center. What to bring: Parent/Guardian. $35 participation fee for City of Newport News residents. $50 player participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of June 1, 2017. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Summer Youth Field Hockey- Girls and Boys, ages 6-17 Registration Dates: Online registration begins April 1. In person registration: May 1 – May 8, 2017. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center. Other registration sites may be added on certain days and times citywide. What to bring: Parent/Guardian. $25 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents. $40 player participation fee for non-City residents. League age as of June 1, 2017. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Fall Outdoor Youth Soccer- Boys and Girls, ages 5-17 Registration Dates: Online registration begins July 1. In person registration: August 1 – August 7, 2017. Registration Site: Warwick Recreation Center. What to bring: Parent/Guardian. $35 player participation fee for City of Newport News residents. $50 player participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of Sept. 1, 2017. Contact: or athletic staff at 757-591-4892. Fall Youth Football Youth Football and Youth Cheerleading registration begins in May. Please contact or call the athletics office at 757-591-4892 for exact registration dates. Fall Youth Baseball/Softball Registration dates are in August but vary by organization. Denbigh Youth Cal Ripken Baseball/Softball at 926-1476 or www.; Deer Park Little League at 599-6848 or; Warwick Little League at 599-3031 or; Warwick Moose Lodge 1711 at 880-8816 or 223-0094.

Upcoming Youth League Registration Dates Youth Winter Basketball

Online Oct. 1, In person Nov. 1 - 7

Youth Winter Indoor Field Hockey

Online Oct. 1, In person Nov. 1 - 7

Youth Winter Indoor Soccer

Online Oct. 1, In person Nov. 1 - 7

Youth Spring Outdoor Soccer January -February 2018

Youth Spring Baseball/Softball January 2018

Call 757-591-4892 for additional information about youth and adult leagues and programs. New leagues and organizations are forming all the time!

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Doris Miller Swimming Pool

Early Opening Day: Saturday, June 10, 2017 Regular Season: Saturday, June 17 - September 4, 2017

Free Admission!

Operating Schedule: Monday - Friday 12:00 pm - 5:45 pm Tuesday & Thursday - Adult Swim Only 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:45 pm CLOSED Sundays

2814 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

You must register for a pass.

Register during normal pool operating hours or the following early registration dates at Doris Miller: Saturday, June 10, 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm Monday, June 12, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Tuesday, June 13, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Wednesday, June 14, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Thursday, June 15, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Friday, June 16, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm Registration Policies & Procedures: For the 2017 Summer Season participants must have a valid pool pass for entrance into Doris Miller Swimming Pool • All registration must be completed in person and a parent or legal guardian is required to be present to register any participants under the age of 18. All participants registering must have their picture taken to be eligible to receive their pool pass. Each participant will be given a pool pass at the conclusion of the registration process • Registration participants 18 or older must show proof of Newport News residency and age to complete the process: This can be a Picture ID, Military ID or US Passport • All registration participants 17 and under must register with at least one parent or legal guardian. The participant must provide proof of Newport News residency, parent and child relationship and age to complete the process: Proof of identification can be: Birth Certificate, Military ID or US Passport.

Learn to Swim! Instructional Swimming Program

Register online at or in person at the Brittingham-Midtown Aquatics Center. Call 757-591-4573 for details. SESSION 3 (2017) 3 Week Session, April 10 –April 27 SESSION 4 (2017) 4 Week Session, May 8 – June 5 SESSION 5 (2017) 4 Week Session, September 11 – October 5

Lifeguard on Duty Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 2017 to Labor Day, September 4, 2017 Monday – Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Huntington Park Beach

5500 W. Mercury Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607

Are you a strong swimmer? Like to help others? Responsible? If this sounds like you, we offer training and certification for Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. These certifications will get you ready for employment as a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor. There is a high demand for people with these certifications at recreation facilities, resort properties, schools, health clubs and apartment complexes. You can register online, go to or call 757-591-4573. American Red Cross Lifeguard Class Fee: Standard Charge: $125; Ages: at least 15 and up. The class fee does not include the book. Participants must pass a swim test in order to take the course. Call for swimming skill requirements. Certifications received after completing the course and passing all requirements. Course dates: April 3 - 7. Water Safety Instructor Course Fee: Standard Charge: $125; Ages: at least 16 and up. This class fee does not include the book. Call for swimming skill requirements.

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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 6:00 am - 9:00 pm Summer Hours (MON-THURS) 6:00 am - 8:00 pm Fridays 6:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sundays Closed

Brittingham-Midtown Pool Pass Information Daily Passes N.N. Resident Non-Resident Youth (3-17) $ 3.00 $ 5.00 Adult (18-54) $ 4.00 $ 6.00 Senior (55+) $ 3.00 $ 5.00 10 Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

N.N. Resident $ 19.00 $ 24.00 $ 19.00

Non-Resident $ 26.00 $ 36.00 $ 26.00

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

N.N. Resident $ 41.00 $ 56.00 $ 41.00

Non-Resident $ 66.00 $ 86.00 $ 66.00

Annual Pass N.N. Resident Youth (3-17) $ 70.00 Adult (18-54) $ 95.00 Senior (55+) $ 70.00 Family $170.00 (Parent/Legal Guardian & up to 3 Children under 18)

Non-Resident $ 110.00 $ 155.00 $ 110.00 $ 250.00

Collegiate Pass- Good for 6 months from date of purchase (Current School ID required) $50.00 (both NN resident or Non-NN resident)

There will be 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, 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, Friday, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center desk. Annual passes are valid for one year and offer pass holders participation in any water fitness class.

See Our Monthly Calendar For All Our Activities! Swimming Pool Schedule (subject to change) Lap Swimming: Mon. - Thurs. 6:00 am - 9:00 pm Summer Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 6:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri. 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm * 2 Lanes will be available for Lap Swimmers except during scheduled events when the pool is closed to the public. For age 14 years and older. Family Swim: Fri. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sat. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Located in the shallow area of the pool, this is time 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. 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. Water Fitness Classes Monday – Saturday (subject to change). Free for all pass holders. We offer one complimentary Water Fitness Class for new participants and guests. Shallow and deep water classes are offered.

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run A great course & a great value Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run’s PGA professional staff invites all residents and visitors to learn and play at our 36-hole golf facility. Our goal is to provide every guest with a wonderful golf experience at an affordable price. Newport News Golf Club’s Deer Run course is rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and is the only golf facility in the state to receive both “Best Value” and “Frugal Pick” awards. The facility features two championship golf courses. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, experienced or junior golfer, let our PGA Professionals design a program for you. Private golf instruction and “Learn to Play Clinics” are available by appointment with one of our PGA golf professionals. Price ranges are from $40.00 to $60.00 per lesson (cash or check) depending upon which instructor you choose. Gift certificates are available for lessons. The instructors are Greg Overton, PGA and Ben Thompson, PGA. Please call us for rates at 757-886-7925, visit our website at, or check us out on Facebook. 901 Clubhouse Way, Newport News, VA 23603

Junior Golf at Newport News Golf Club It is our goal to introduce the great sport of golf to all, but it is of utmost importance that we bring the youth of Newport News to our fabulous course. Every summer we offer Junior Golf Clinics taught by a PGA golf professional. To encourage the junior to play afterwards, we give a free green fee to juniors under 17 when accompanied by a paid adult! Call us for Junior Golf Clinic Dates

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We love volunteers!

PICNIC SHELTERS 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 and Recreation Office at City Center (3rd floor) or online at Credit cards are accepted at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Shelter fees $35-$100.

We have positions in 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.

Do you have questions or need special assistance?

NEWPORT NEWS PARK CAMPSITE OFFICE Campsite and picnic shelter reservations

Want to have a special activity, meeting, wedding or a Park Ranger lead nature program at one of our Parks?

13564 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23606 757-888-3333 or 1-800-203-8322

Contact us at 757-886-7912 Newport News Park Headquarters Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

March & April: Open Daily, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm May - October: Sunday - Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm May - October: Friday & Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Newport News City Parks The City’s parks are open daily, sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted). 3DUN




















































































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18 Parks Explore the natural beauty of our City


Big Fun, Little Cost It is hard to beat camping if you are looking for an affordable family vacation. For as little as $31.50 per night, your family can enjoy an evening of adventure at the 180-site Newport News Park Campground. Free Ranger led programs are available on selected nights, including Saturday night hayrides during the summer. Our new campstore can get you ready for your adventures with bike and boat rentals, hot and cold food, camping supplies and park information. Spend a night (or more!) with us this summer and show your kids all the amazing ways to have fun in our beautiful park. Campin’ Kids Every Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend at 4:00 pm. Meet at the Campsite Activity Building for a variety of fun afternoon activities lead by a park naturalist. Hayrides in the Campground Every Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Enjoy park interpretation and discussion on this 40 minute ride through the campground and bikeway. Complimentary tickets are available at the Campsite Office 30 minutes prior to each ride. Space is limited. All participants must be present to receive a ticket.

Nature Centers

Newport News Park Discovery Center March & April, weekends only, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm; May through September Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center- Memorial Day through Labor Day, weekends only, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center- by appointment (call 886-7912 for information)

Leeward Marina

7499 River Road • 757-247-2359

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

November April 8:00 am - 5:00 pm May October 7:00 am 7:00 pm

Do you know about all of these fun activities available in our parks? 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 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 Boat Ramps • Denbigh Park (open 5:00 am – 10:00 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 $31.50-$40, Senior Rates available Canoes, Paddleboats and Jon Boats- Newport News Park • Rentals daily ($6/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 FishingSaltwater 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 (7:00 am -10:00 pm) • 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, 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 886-7912. $10 for first dog, $5 for additional dogs, same owner

You can enjoy a day of FREE or low-cost fun with your family! 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 firetrails 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 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

Parks Explore the natural beauty of our City 19

FREE EVENTS Every first and third Sunday of the month at 7:00 am

Bird Walks 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.

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am

Story and a Walk For pre-school children and their caregivers. We’ll share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center then take a short walk. Dress for the weather. Call 888-3333 for Dates & Times

Archery Safety 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. Every Friday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Friday Night Adventures Meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features. Programs include nature walks, video presentations and/or handson activities. Topics include beavers, snakes, owls, bats and other creatures inhabiting the park. Call 757-886-7916 for weekly topic description and location. Every Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend at 11:00 am

Discovery Hour

Ready, Set, Grow! 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. Plots, 18’x40’ in size, are available on a first-come, first-served, basis. You must apply and pay a $30 seasonal fee to be a gardener there. Call 757-886-7912 for information and to obtain an application.

Every Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend at 11:00 am. Discover special facts about the wildlife living in our area, find fun activities in the parks, and meet new friends while learning about our natural environment. Most programs begin at the Discovery Center and may include crafts, games or nature walk for the whole family. Call 757-886-7916 for topic information.

Kids can become Junior Rangers! Newport News Parks Division Junior Ranger Activity Booklets are available at the Newport News Park Discovery Center. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger certificate.

May 20 4-8 pm City Center


Entertainment • International Food • Exhibits • Kids Activities Newport News Special Events • 757-926-1400 •

March 17 City Center Shamrock • May 5 Cinco in the City • May 6 Children’s Festival of Friends June - August Fridays at the Fountain • June 3 King-Lincoln Park Day • July 4 4th of July Stars in the Sky

Newport News Visitor Center 13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23603 Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 757-886-7777 Information • Souvenirs • Discounts

New Name, Same Great Deal

The Newport News Combination Ticket has a new name! At the suggestion of a resident and in a nod to the One City Marathon, the Combination Ticket is now called the One City Pass. Sold exclusively at the Newport News Visitor Center, the One City Pass admits you to seven attractions for one low price! Valid for one year, the ticket provides one-time admission to The Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center, Virginia Living Museum, Virginia War Museum, Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo. And while you’re out exploring the city, don’t forget to visit the three FREE attractions where donations are welcome: the James A. Fields House, The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center and the US Army Transportation Museum. Purchase your One City Pass at the Newport News Visitor Center.

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The Latest “News” About Newport News!

We have rounded up the most popular “spirited spots” throughout Newport News and our neighboring cities – from New Kent County to the Virginia Beach oceanfront – and we’re calling it Toast the Coast!

Explore and experience all that Newport News has to offer with our free publications. The 2017 Newport News Visitor Guide is a great resource for anyone expecting visitors to the area, planning a reunion or simply interested in learning more about Newport News.

Visit “Beer, Wine and Shine Trail” under “Sip & Savor.” Share your experience on the trail by posting photos on social media and using #ToasttheCoastTrail.

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. We also print a quarterly calendar of events flyer that lists festivals, art shows, lectures, exhibits, fairs and other special events for a three-month period throughout the calendar year. Pick up these free publications at the Newport News Visitor Center.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2017 Magazine  

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

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Spring/Summer 2017 Magazine  

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