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ABOUT NEWPORT NEWS PARKS & RECREATION

Welcome to
parks and recREATION

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

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Newport News through the provision of high quality facilities, programs and services that are safe, accessible and appealing.

Our Vision

With that mission in mind, Parks & Recreation’s vision for the future is for a comprehensive system of parks, trails, open spaces, and recreation facilities that sustains, inspires, and invigorates.

The Newport News Department of Parks & Recreation oversees 36 public parks, 5 major community centers, 2 public golf courses, 2 public pools, a large tennis complex, an athletic park, a 188 site campground, 105 playgrounds, 35 picnic shelters, 50 miles of trails, a 194 slip marina, 5 senior centers, multiple youth program sites, 88 sports fields, a public rose garden, an aeromodel field, a disc golf course, and more.

The department was established by City Council on June 1st, 1941. At its inception, we oversaw the operation of a single public park at the east end of the James River Bridge. Our first major facility was the World War II Recreation Center and pool that was dedicated on October 7, 1945 (and is now the Doris Miller Community Center). CLICK HERE FOR MORE HISTORY

Director: Michael Poplawski

Recreation Assistant Director: Tammy Jordan

Parks Assistant Director: William Roche

Administrator of Parks and Recreation Management Services Greta Rohrbach

Superintendent of Animal Shelter Operations – Amy Burnup

Superintendent of Parks Operation – Andy Lundsford

Superintendent of Historic Services – Anne Miller

Superintendent of Youth Programs – Casey Jenkins

Superintendent Parks Projects/Facility Maintenace – Jaimson Ditto

Superintendent of Athletics – Pete Keeler

Superintendent of Cultural Arts – Joanne Palmeira

Superintendent of Special Programs/Facilities – Meghan Reed 

Superintendent of Special Events – Shelly Ezanno

Superintendent of Animal Welfare -Wayne Gilbert

Superintendent of Parks Maintenance/Landscape Services – Ryan Mann

Volunteer

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Sponsorship

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AWARDS

Read about awards granted to Parks & Recreation.

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About The City

Learn more about the city of Newport News.

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Park Rules & Ordinances

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PARK PROJECTS

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Employment

Work for Newport News Parks & Recreation. Learn more about our openings.

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Vendor Applications

Learn about requirements and apply for street and sidewalk vendor permits.

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Annual Report

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