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.
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.
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).
Director: Michael Poplawski
Assistant Director: Tammy Jordan
Assistant Director: William Roche
Administrator of Parks and Recreation Management Services: Karen Owens