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.


Bring your friends and family to King-Lincoln Park this summer to enjoy three free, fun-filled events at the Southeast Community Celebration! Each event, June 24, July 22, and August 26, is from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No pets are permitted on the event site. Blankets and chairs are welcome.

Southeast Community Celebration is sponsored by the City of Newport News, Jim’s Local Market, the Newport News Police Foundation and numerous Newport News pastors and churches. For more information call Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 757-926-1400. King-Lincoln Park is located at 600 Jefferson Avenue.  Event flyer

In case of inclement weather, the events will be held at the same time, 5-8 p.m., at Heritage High school.  Check the City of Newport News Facebook and Twitter (@CityofNN) for updates on location. 

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