Parks, Recreation & Tourism

All Newport News Community Centers will be closed Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.


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 Seasonal 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. Go-go Band Rare Essence to Play at the King-Lincoln Music Festival

    Enjoy an afternoon of free music and activities at King-Lincoln Park on Saturday, June 2, 12 - 5 pm. Read on...
  2. World Arts Celebration Cancelled Due to Weather, The Wailers Will Perform at the Boathouse Live

    The World Arts Celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018 has been cancelled due to the inclement weather. Rescheduled date TBA. THE WAILERS WILL BE PERFORMING FOR FREE on Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM at the Boathouse Live! Limited space is available. Read on...
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