Weather Policies & Updates

 COVID-19 Updates:

Our main office is now open to the public, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You may also contact us at by phone at 757-926-1400 or at

Parks and Park Facilities-

Parks and Park Facilities Updates-
(updated 2/24/21)


ALL Park Trails & green spaces

ALL Picnic Shelters (except 19 & 20)

  •           First come, first serve
  •           No reservations
  •           Not sanitized or cleaned (except trash)

Archery Range (online class required)

Bike Way & Rentals

Boat Rentals (at Campground Office)

Campsite Office & Restrooms

Campground & facilities

Disc Golf Course & Rentals

Discovery Center & Restroom

Fido Field Dog Park             

Fishing (at all parks)

Huntington Beach

James River Fishing Pier

Leeward Marina

Skate Park (at Riverview Farm Park)

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run

Newport News Visitor Center & restrooms

Park Restrooms

Playgrounds– (except for Fort Fun and Riverview Farm Park)

Still Closed:

Campground restrooms are open, Newport News Visitor Center open with restrooms,  9 AM - 5 PM, Newport News Park Discovery Center open weekends with restrooms.   

Picnic Shelters 19 & 20 at Newport News Park

Playgrounds CLOSED

  •           Huntington Park (Fort Fun), including restrooms
  •           Riverview Farm Park

ALL Basketball courts

Please note that all openings are subject to change. We ask that you maintain proper social distancing at all times. Feel free to call 757-888-3333 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily if you have any questions about closures before visiting one of our parks.

Huntington Park Tennis Center is open for court rentals only.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am -1:00 pm. Only accepting credit card payments at this time.

Athletics Leagues: As we gear towards our winter programming, the NNPRT Athletics Division has decided to push back the registration period for winter sports to begin on November 1, 2020 to run through November 25, 2020. More information such as how to register processes and program information will be available towards the middle of October before the registration time frame. In person registration will only be available at the Warwick Recreation Center by drop box or appointment only. Our target date for our winter basketball, indoor soccer, and indoor field hockey seasons is to begin January 4, 2021 and run through the end of February/early March depending on facility availability.

We are continually working with other departments throughout the City to work together to provide programs. Any updates will be communicated through our media outlets. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call us at the office 591-4892, 9 am  - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.

Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center is open for lap swim, water fitness classes, private swim lessons, and family swim. 

We will remain operating abbreviated hours throughout October: Monday—Friday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm (closed daily 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm for disinfecting), Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, closed Sundays.

See the monthly Aquatics Calendafor specific days and times for the programs.  Face coverings are required to enter building, and while in the building, except when in the pool.   Please enter the building through the pavilion and once inside the building check in at the Aquatics desk.  Locker rooms are available for changing, but the showers and lockers are not be available to use at this time.

For specific information about swim lessons or water fitness classes, call 757-591-4573.

Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Virginia War Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Recreation Centers are open with restrictions and limited hours. Please see these links for the available open recreation hours:

Youth Programs: 

Please visit us on Facebook:

Virtual Recreation Opportunities:
Check out all the activities posted by your favorite Parks, Recreation & Tourism Sections:

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is currently operating under normal operating hours  for adoptions, owner surrenders, stray drop offs and reclaims. 


  • One (1) guest limit in the Reunite/Intake Lobby at a time.
  • Due to the cold temperatures we are providing guests a car tag that is placed on the outside of their car so they can wait in their car and we will call them once space is open for the number of people in their party.
  • Masks/facial coverings are required and should be worn above the nose at all times in the Reunite/Intake Lobby.
  • PRAS Staff/designee is now taking temperatures / asking if they are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.  (If temp higher than 99 degree and/or any symptoms you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Hand sanitizer is recommended once entering the building.


  • Eight (8) guest limit in the adoption center at a time.
  • Due to the cold temperatures we are providing guests a car tag that is placed on the outside of their car so they can wait in their car and we will call them once space is open for the number of people in their party.
  • PRAS Staff/designee is now taking temperatures / asking if they are experiencing any covid related symptoms.  (If temp higher than 99 deg and/or any symptoms you will not be permitted to enter.
  • Masks/Facial Coverings are required and should be worn above the nose at all times.
  • Hand Sanitizer or Hand washing is recommended once entering the building.
  • While visiting the shelter and remember to observe 6 ft. distance between people. 
  • We also ask that only those interested and ready to adopt a shelter pet the same day visit the shelter. You can fill out an Adoption Survey in advance. If you previously filled out an Adoption Survey let us know when you come in and we will likely still have it on file. 
  • Thank you for choosing adoption, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is open with new safety measures in place. By adhering to social distancing guidelines and opening with limited hours at a lowered capacity, we’re able to welcome patrons back into our building. Our new hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Our facility will be closed to the public in the evenings and on Saturdays, only allowing patrons to enter for event rentals and designated programs.

For questions, please give us a call at 757-247-8950.

Operating Hours – Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (evenings and Saturdays for rentals only)


25 Mics Online – Our monthly free open mic held on the second Tuesday of the month and Hosted by Nina Brewton is now available on Zoom. Join our 25 Mics Facebook Group for full details and to participate.


Stir It Up will be held on Thursdays. This interactive art class for ages 6-15 is designed to inspire kids to feel empowered in their ability to change the world through their creativity and to creatively tackle challenges that impact themselves and their community at large.


We’ll also have K’bana Blaq leading a class on Tuesdays called Music, Poetry, and Stage with K’bana Blaq. This class will allow patrons to learn about performance from a multi-disciplinary artist to reinvent some of their favorite works into new and creative formats. It should be a lot of fun.


Artist Highlight Series – On Thursdays, we celebrate the visual artists that are from or currently reside in Hampton Roads. We just want to highlight the amazing artists associated with the area and continue to share their talents with the community despite being physically closed.


Flashback Fridays - a fun and nostalgic walk down memory lane. The videos are brief clips from past performances at DG posted at 10:00 am weekly.


We have our first Juried Exhibition titled Iconic Art. We’re offering cash prizes and incredible display opportunities for first second and third place awardees. Patrons can submit their interpretation of iconic art, whether it’s an iconic technique or features an iconic figure. Whatever the term “Iconic” means to you. They can submit their entries online at


Anderson Johnson Gallery open Monday – Friday; 9 am-5 pm


Rentals – for groups of 50 or less and following social distancing guidelines.

More information is available on social media (@downinggross on Instagram and Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center on Facebook) and website:

During the closure, residents are encouraged to use online resources for services and payments available at 

Weather Closings/Cancelations Policies:
Park visitors are asked to call 757-888-3333 for further details before visiting any of the open parks and call 757-926-1400 between 8 AM - 5 PM for additional information.

Program Changes

The following are program specific policies for when Newport News Public Schools are closed or delayed yet city offices and departments are operating as normal:
  • Athletic Programs
    • The closing of Athletic Programs will be decided on a case by case basis. For cancellations call 757-591-4892.
  • Instructional Classes
    • 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 once facilities are open will run a 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 the main office at 757-926-1400 for program schedules and details.
  • Active Lifestyles Programs
    • All Active Lifestyles programs, classes and senior centers will be closed when City Offices are closed or delayed. In addition, the Active Lifestyles Program will be closed when Parks, Recreation & Tourism programs/facilities are closed. Please call 757-926-1400 or 757-926-1446 for program-specific closings and updates.
  • School Age Programs
    • When it is announced that City of Newport News City Offices are closed, Youth Programs will be closed as well.
    • If Newport News City Schools are closed and the City of Newport News Offices remain open, Youth Programs will operate 8:00 AM-5:30 PM at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center (or until city offices close). Each child should bring a lunch. The consolidation site location could be moved based on emergency shelter locations and space needed.
    • Please note that if there is a delay during the school year, Youth Programs operates on the same delay, i.e for a one hour delay, Youth Programs will open it's centers at 7:00 AM.
    • If schools close early, schools that have an afternoon program will open, however, you will have to pick up your child up before 5:30 p.m.
    • For more information or clarification of operations, please call the main office at 757-926-1400. For general announcements, call the administrative voice mail at 757-926-7282 or your center's voice mail. 

Disaster Preparedness Information for Your Pets

The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to educating the citizens of Newport News on how to protect their pets in the event of a disaster. Information and educational brochures are distributed during regular contacts with pet owners in the field, during special events, and through public services announcements. The ASD staff frequently meets with emergency planners, animal control agencies, animal shelters and national organizations to develop emergency plans.

Plan For Your Pets

To protect your family and pets from the effects of a disaster, you must have a plan. The best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, may result in them being injured, lost or worse.
  1. Plan Ahead to Take your Pets: Make arrangements with family or friends outside your immediate area to take in your pets. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities along your evacuation route. A list of pet-friendly hotels can be found at
  2. Plan Ahead to Bring What You Need: Bring a leash or carrier, food and water for three days, and any necessary medications. Also bring your pet's photo and rabies vaccination certificate.
  3. Have a Backup Plan: Develop a buddy system with neighbors or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  4. Identify Your Pets: Make sure your pets are wearing up-to-date licenses and identification whether hurricane season or not. It's a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area. Microchipping is also recommended.