The City of Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month and its “Game On” 2019 theme with free activities and a free app based game to encourage people to discover Newport News parks, recreation centers, events, programs and special facilities. After downloading the free Scavify App and searching for “ Newport News Game On!” on their phone, players can discover fun challenges that they can perform at sites during the month of July. After completing each challenge, players will earn points. Prizes will be awarded to players who reach each of the four achievement levels. All players who achieve level four will be entered in a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card.
Throughout July, free “Pop Up” activities will be offered at selected parks and recreation sites. After performing each of the free “Pop Up” activities, players will receive a small prize. Free “Pop Up” activities will be offered during regular operating hours at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Deer Run Golf Course, Denbigh Community Center, Doris Miller Community Center, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Endview Plantation, Huntington Park Tennis Center, Lee Hall Mansion, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, Newport News Park Discovery Center, Newport News Visitors Center and Newsome House.
For information about the “Newport News Game On!” app game and level prizes, and “Pop Up” activities and prizes, visit www.nnparks.com. For more information, call 757-926-1400.
The goal of national Park and Recreation Month is to promote the wide variety of opportunities and resources that local park and recreation agencies provide and to let the public know that July is a great time to get out and see all of the incredible things that are happening in their communities. Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local, state and community parks. Park and recreation services are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all walks of life — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation brings to communities.