Project includes connections to the waterfront and an outdoor amphitheater 

Newport News, Va. – Residents and guests in Newport News will soon have another reason to visit the newly-established Yard District, as the city is undertaking a project to offer connections to the downtown waterfront.  Work has begun on the James River Strand Project, which includes improvements to Christopher Newport Park, a multi-use connection to Victory Landing Park, and amenities that offer one-of-a-kind experiences.

A significant portion of the project includes a multi-use walkway connection from 28th Street and Christopher Newport Park to Victory Landing Park.  This will allow guests closer access to the James River.  Plans also include an outdoor amphitheater, with terraced lawn seating, hardscape areas, lighting, and electricity to support small-scale performances and special events.  

“The James River Strand Project will transform the downtown waterfront in Newport News,” says Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price.  “Residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy unique entertainment while taking in the most spectacular views in Hampton Roads.  Additional park enhancements will help guests of all ages connect with nature and create lasting memories in our great city.” 

This project is part of the city’s Downtown Reimagined Plan, which leverages the downtown and waterfront areas to create a vibrant, walkable community for all to dine, visit, move, and invest.  The James River Strand Project is the first component of this multi-faceted plan.

To accommodate construction, Christopher Newport Park will remain closed for approximately one year.  Additionally, 26th Street is closed to vehicles and pedestrians from West Avenue to the end of the cul-de-sac.  Victory Landing Park, as well as the other city parks, remain open for all to enjoy.  For information on Newport News parks, visit   

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