Parks, Recreation & Tourism

COVID-19 Updates:  See here for current operation information.

Our 36 parks offer great recreational opportunities including boating and fishing. You can reserve a picnic shelter for your special family gathering or enjoy award winning festivals. Our sports programs and facilities challenge both the novice and experienced athlete. We offer programs and classes for all ages including before/after school programs. Discover the history of Newport News at our museums and historical sites. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center offers classes, performances, and exhibits. 

The Student Freedom Pass allows youth 17 years old or younger to ride HRT Buses for free (this program replaced the "Ride On" program). 

HRSD SWIFT Information

HRSD has worked with the City of Newport News and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to develop a mutually beneficial property acquisition agreement for their Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow treatment plant improvements.  More information can be found in the James River Treatment Plant - SWIFT Facility Virtual Presentation.

Contact Us

  1. Michael Poplawski (Director)

    Fountain Plaza Two
    700 Town Center Drive
    Suite 320
    Newport News, VA 23606

    Phone: 757-926-1400
    Fax: 757-926-1460


    Monday – Friday

    8 AM – 5 PM

    View our Staff Directory

Virtual Programming Opportunities

  1. Active Lifestyles
  2. Parks
  3. Instructional Programs
  4. Youth Programs
  5. Cultural Arts

You can find virtual programming for participants ages fifty and older on our Active Lifestyles Facebook page.