Last Friday Newport News Park held a ceremony to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the park. City and State officials unveiled a commemorative plaque that will be placed at the renovated flagpole plaza on the Park’s main road along with a time capsule.
The park was originally dedicated in 1966 and is one of the largest and most visited municipal parks in the country. At over 7,700 acres, it is almost nine times larger in size than New York’s Central Park. Newport News Park is regularly used by residents from Richmond to Virginia Beach and everywhere in between. Newport News Park is home to an incredible variety of native wildlife normally found in only State or National parks – deer, foxes, otters, raccoons, bobcats and beavers, to name a few – all found in a natural setting of lush woodlands, flowering meadows and shimmering lakes. Recreation amenities in the Park, used by over 3 million visitors annually, are almost as extensive as its wildlife.
Visitors can camp at the 188-site campground, play golf at one of two 18-hole courses, hike or bike over thirty miles of trails, fish, go paddleboating or canoeing in one of two freshwater lakes, picnic at one of 18 shelters, fly model aircraft at the Park’s aero model field, play disc golf or simply enjoying the beauty of the Park’s planted and indigenous flora.
The Newport News Visitor Center, located at the main entrance of the park, provides visitors information about the Park and local attractions while the Discovery Center features exhibits related to the Park’s flora, fauna and Civil War history. For more information, call 757-926-1400 or visit Newport News Parks.