Weather Policies & Updates

 COVID-19 Updates:

Our main office is now open to the public, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You may also contact us at by phone at 757-926-1400 or at

Parks and Park Facilities-

Archery Range at Newport News Park: Successful completion of the Archery Safety Course and Daily or Annual Permit Required.

  • Instruction for how to complete the Archery Safety Course can be reviewed at
  • Permits may be purchased at the Campground Office. The Campground Office is open 7 am to 9 pm daily and located at 13560 Jefferson Ave.

Newport News Beaches are open with the following rules:

  • Stay 6 ft. away from others (unless you are from the same household)
  • No groups of more than 10 people
  • No amplified music
  • No large coolers
  • No tents OR groups of umbrellas
  • No group sport activities (volleyball, Frisbee, etc.)
  • Please- cover your cough or sneeze

Community Gardens: are open from sunrise to sunset. Garden plot reservations required. More information is available at

Disc Golf at Newport News Park: is open to those who have purchased a daily or annual pass. Passes may be purchased at the Campground Office. The Campground Office is open 7 am to 9 pm daily and located at 13560 Jefferson Ave.

Newport News Park Discovery Center is open.

Fido Field is open during regular park hours to those who have purchased a daily or annual pass. Passes may be purchased at the Campground Office. The Campground Office is open 7 am to 9 pm daily and located at 13560 Jefferson Ave.

Fishing Piers: Open, operating hours differ by pier:

  • Hilton: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Denbigh: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Monitor Merrimac: 24-Hours
  • King-Lincoln Park Wave Screen: 24-Hours

Leeward Marina is open from 8 am - 5 pm daily.

Newport News Campground Office is open from 7 am - 9 pm daily. The following purchases can be made at the Campground Office:

  • Campsites
  • Shoreline Fishing Permits
  • Paddle Boat Rentals

Newport News Golf at Deer Run: is open, tee-time reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by calling 757- 866-7925.  Also, please see the following:

  • The Golf Course Pro-Shop will be open to customers making a merchandise purchase beginning June 15th. All other purchased (greens fees, cart rental, driving range) may be made at the improvised point of sale area across from the starter’s shed.
  • Fairways BBQ & Grill is serving food for outdoor seating only.

Parks: All Newport News Parks are open

Skate Park at Riverview Farm Park is open during regular park hours.

Visitors Center at Newport News Park is open.

Currently Closed:

  • King-Lincoln Park Discovery Center
  • Newport News Park Bike Rentals
  • Park Shelters
  • Park Restrooms (Exception: Huntington Park Beach & Port-o-lets by piers)
  • Playgrounds

Please note that all openings are subject to change. We ask that you maintain proper social distancing at all times. Feel free to call 757-888-3333 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily if you have any questions about closures before visiting one of our parks.

Huntington Park Tennis Center is open for court rentals only.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am -1:00 pm. Only accepting credit card payments at this time.

Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center is open for lap swim, water fitness classes, private swim lessons, and family swim. 

We will remain operating abbreviated hours throughout October: Monday—Friday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm (closed daily 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm for disinfecting), Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, closed Sundays.

See the monthly Aquatics Calendafor specific days and times for the programs.  Face coverings are required to enter building, and while in the building, except when in the pool.   Please enter the building through the pavilion and once inside the building check in at the Aquatics desk.  Locker rooms are available for changing, but the showers and lockers are not be available to use at this time.

For specific information about swim lessons or water fitness classes, call 757-591-4573.

Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Virginia War Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Recreation Centers are open with restrictions and limited hours. Please see these links for the available open recreation hours:

Youth Programs: 

Please visit us on Facebook:

Virtual Recreation Opportunities:
Check out all the activities posted by your favorite Parks, Recreation & Tourism Sections:

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is currently operating under normal operating hours  for adoptions, owner surrenders, stray drop offs and reclaims. FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY PLEASE BRING A FACE MASK/COVERING TO WEAR IN THE BUILDING FOR YOUR MEET & GREET AND ADOPTION. 

  1. Please see here for information about  Adoptions.
  2. The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is now receiving feral cats, that are brought to the shelter by Animal Control. Please coordinate with your local Animal Services Agency for the trapping and transport of these animals.

    If you have any questions please call your local Animal Control Agency or the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.

  3. Both Newport News and Hampton have stopped selling pet licenses for the time being.
  4. Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay safe!

Join our daily contests on Facebook at and you could win "NNPRT Bucks" that can be applied to our services/programs once we return to our regular operating schedules.  

Newport News Fall Festival Online Vendor Marketplace
October 3 & 4, 2020

Shop online from vendors selling handmade crafts, holiday décor, jewelry, soaps, and more at the Newport News Fall Festival Online Vendor Market on October 3 & 4, 2020. The vendors featured had applied to the 2020 Newport News Fall Festival, which was canceled due to COVID-19. The Newport News Fall Festival Online Vendor Marketplace link will be posted at on October 3 & 4, 2020. The online market will include photos, contact information, and online shopping links for the vendors.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Cancels the Newport News Fall Festival

The Newport News Fall Festival, scheduled for October 3 & 4 at Newport News Park, has been canceled. Newport News officials are continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus outbreak.  

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center- 

As of Monday, June 15, 2020, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center will open with new safety measures in place. By adhering to social distancing guidelines and opening with limited hours at a lowered capacity, we’re able to welcome patrons back into our building. Our new hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Our facility will be closed to the public in the evenings and on Saturdays, only allowing patrons to enter for event rentals and designated programs.
For questions on our re-opening, please give us a call at 757-247-8950.

Operating Hours – Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (evenings and Saturdays for rentals only)


Cultural Icons Series highlights incredible individuals in the arts who hail from Newport News. Every Monday at 10:00 am, we post a new video giving a little history about the achievements of these individuals.


25 Mics Online – Our monthly free open mic held on the second Tuesday of the month and Hosted by Nina Brewton is now available on Zoom. Join our 25 Mics Facebook Group for full details and to participate.


Stir It Up will be held on Thursdays. This interactive art class for ages 6-15 is designed to inspire kids to feel empowered in their ability to change the world through their creativity and to creatively tackle challenges that impact themselves and their community at large.


We’ll also have K’bana Blaq leading a class on Tuesdays called Music, Poetry, and Stage with K’bana Blaq. This class will allow patrons to learn about performance from a multi-disciplinary artist to reinvent some of their favorite works into new and creative formats. It should be a lot of fun.


SOAR - a series of prerecorded arts and crafts that are easy to follow and use affordable and easily accessible materials. We’ve made invisible ink, used unconventional items such as straws and leaves to make abstract art and even turned a pizza box into a ring toss game. These videos are released each Wednesday at 10:00 am.


Artist Highlight Series – On Thursdays, we celebrate the visual artists that are from or currently reside in Hampton Roads. We just want to highlight the amazing artists associated with the area and continue to share their talents with the community despite being physically closed.


Flashback Fridays - a fun and nostalgic walk down memory lane. The videos are brief clips from past performances at DG posted at 10:00 am weekly.


We have our first Juried Exhibition titled Iconic Art. We’re offering cash prizes and incredible display opportunities for first second and third place awardees. Patrons can submit their interpretation of iconic art, whether it’s an iconic technique or features an iconic figure. Whatever the term “Iconic” means to you. They can submit their entries online at


Anderson Johnson Gallery open Monday – Friday; 9 am-5 pm


Newport News Community Gallery - July 7 - August 1, 2020 Don’t Count Me Out! Exhibit


Rentals – for groups of 50 or less and following social distancing guidelines.

More information is available on social media (@downinggross on Instagram and Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center on Facebook) and website:

During the closure, residents are encouraged to use online resources for services and payments available at 

Weather Closings/Cancelations Policies:
Park visitors are asked to call 757-888-3333 for further details before visiting any of the open parks and call 757-926-1400 between 8 AM - 5 PM for additional information.

Program Changes

The following are program specific policies for when Newport News Public Schools are closed or delayed yet city offices and departments are operating as normal:
  • Athletic Programs
    • The closing of Athletic Programs will be decided on a case by case basis. For cancellations call 757-591-4892.
  • Instructional Classes
    • During inclement weather, Instructional Programs will be closed if the City of Newport News is closed. If the City opens on a delay, classes and programs held before facilities open will be rescheduled. Classes and programs scheduled once facilities are open will run a scheduled.

      In the event Newport News Public Schools dismiss/close early, Instructional Programs classes will operate until facilities close. Classes and programs scheduled to run after facilities close will be rescheduled.

      During class sessions, participants may call the Instructional Programs notification service at 757-926-7277 or the main office at 757-926-1400 for program schedules and details.
  • Active Lifestyles Programs
    • All Active Lifestyles programs, classes and senior centers will be closed when City Offices are closed or delayed. In addition, the Active Lifestyles Program will be closed when Parks, Recreation & Tourism programs/facilities are closed. Please call 757-926-1400 or 757-926-1446 for program-specific closings and updates.
  • School Age Programs
    • When it is announced that City of Newport News City Offices are closed, Youth Programs will be closed as well.
    • If Newport News City Schools are closed and the City of Newport News Offices remain open, Youth Programs will operate 8:00 AM-5:30 PM at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center (or until city offices close). Each child should bring a lunch. The consolidation site location could be moved based on emergency shelter locations and space needed.
    • Please note that if there is a delay during the school year, Youth Programs operates on the same delay, i.e for a one hour delay, Youth Programs will open it's centers at 7:00 AM.
    • If schools close early, schools that have an afternoon program will open, however, you will have to pick up your child up before 5:30 p.m.
    • For more information or clarification of operations, please call the main office at 757-926-1400. For general announcements, call the administrative voice mail at 757-926-7282 or your center's voice mail. 

Disaster Preparedness Information for Your Pets

The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to educating the citizens of Newport News on how to protect their pets in the event of a disaster. Information and educational brochures are distributed during regular contacts with pet owners in the field, during special events, and through public services announcements. The ASD staff frequently meets with emergency planners, animal control agencies, animal shelters and national organizations to develop emergency plans.

Plan For Your Pets

To protect your family and pets from the effects of a disaster, you must have a plan. The best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, may result in them being injured, lost or worse.
  1. Plan Ahead to Take your Pets: Make arrangements with family or friends outside your immediate area to take in your pets. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities along your evacuation route. A list of pet-friendly hotels can be found at
  2. Plan Ahead to Bring What You Need: Bring a leash or carrier, food and water for three days, and any necessary medications. Also bring your pet's photo and rabies vaccination certificate.
  3. Have a Backup Plan: Develop a buddy system with neighbors or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  4. Identify Your Pets: Make sure your pets are wearing up-to-date licenses and identification whether hurricane season or not. It's a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area. Microchipping is also recommended.