Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Our 36 parks offer great recreational opportunities including boating and fishing.  You can reserve a picnic shelter 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).

Watch a video about everything Your Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department offers for you and your family!

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Magazine Cover

See our magazine for seasonal information  on the programs, classes, and special events offered at our parks and facilities. 

The magazine is available online and can be picked up at any City library or recreation facility.


  1. Garden Plots Available in the Newport News Community Garden

    Do you want to grow your own vegetables? Garden plots are available in the Newport News Community Garden located in the Lee Hall Area. Read on...
  2. Spring/Summer Parks, Recreation & Tourism Magazine

    Discover all our great programs, classes, events, and facilities in this seasonal magazine. Additional Info...
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