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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Scottish Influence on Popular Music in Colonial Virginia - Wednesday, August 19, 7 pm

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Renowned fiddler David Gardner explores “The Scottish Influence on Popular Music in Virginia during the Colonial Period” in this Facebook Live event.

David Gardner is a nationally recognized Scottish fiddle performer, teacher and judge....

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

History Matters - Message from the Director

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As we live through events that affect the course of history, it feels like a tide is sweeping us along; challenging our understanding of the forces at play. At the History Museum, we believe the tool we must use to navigate these hidden currents is the po...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Hampton History Museum and Air Power Park have reopened!

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As part of the City of Hampton’s overall reopening strategy, the Hampton History Museum, and Air Power Park have reopened to the public with reduced hours on Monday, June 8. The museum’s other management property, the Hampton Carousel,...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

"Clips with the Curator" Virtual Tours - online now!

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We miss seeing you! Since you can’t come to us, we have begun sharing a series of “Clips with the Curator,” two to four minute videos, on Facebook , Instagram  and Twitter!

Now featured are tour highlights of...

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

"Hampton One: Working, Building, and Racing on the Water," on view now!

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This artifact-rich exhibition explores Hampton's integral ties to, and love of, the water that surrounds the city, its seafood and maritime heritage, and passion for sailing as embodied in the locally developed Hampton One-Design sailboat, and the competi...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

ReLaunching Air Power Park! See what's restored, renewed, refreshed!

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ReLaunching Air Power ParkAir Power Park | 413 W. Mercury Boulevard | Hampton, VA 23669 | 757-726-0650What exactly is ReLaunching Air Power Park? ReLaunching Air Power Park is not an event, but rather a refreshed and reinvigorated way experiencin...

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News Flash

Posted on: July 30, 2020

Parks and Rec cancels fall youth and adult sports due to COVID-19

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July 30, 2020 - Due to the ongoing risk and uncertainty of COVID-19, Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services is canceling the department’s fall sports programs for the 2020 season.  That decision is based on guidance from the V...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

UPDATE: Swimming advisory for part of Buckroe Beach lifted

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July 30, 2020 — UPDATE: New samples of the water at Buckroe Beach shows it meets state water standards for recreational waters. The Health Department has lifted its advisory.

Previously:

July 29, 2020 — The Health Department has issued a...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Hampton seeing more COVID cases, though numbers still small; moving into Phase 3

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July 1, 2020 - Hampton has seen an uptick in the number of COVID cases. In the past seven days, 60 cases have been reported in the city. The average of the previous four weeks was 23 cases — less than half of what the city has seen this week, ac...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Buckroe Beach passes Health Department check except near pier construction

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June 5, 2020 – The main part of Buckroe Beach passed the Health Department bacteria checks this week. However, the southern area near the pier has higher than recommended levels of bacteria.

Almost all of that portion is already closed to swimmer...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Hampton answers questions about plans, stages for future beach openings

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May 22, 2020 - Hampton’s public beaches remain closed to all activities except walking and jogging on the order of Gov. Ralph Northam. The state had originally planned not to allow any beaches to open during Phase I. However, the tourism industr...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Public meeting for Parks master plan discussion will be Tuesday, March 31

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March 4, 2020 - Help create great places in Hampton. The Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department meeting to update the public on proposed changes to Parks’ master plan will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hampto...

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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Winners of 2019 Holly Days Parade announced

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More than 800 people participated in Hampton's Holly Days nighttime parade on Dec. 14, 2019, and more than 6,500 came to watch the displays and performances. Winners in the parade competition were:

  • Best Float: Northampton Christian Church
  • Best Truck/SUV/Car...
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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: December 20, 2019

City is updating the Parks Master Plan and wants to know what you think about plans for the future

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Dec. 19, 2019 - Hampton's Parks, Recreation & Leisures Services Department is updating the Parks Master Plan and would like to know what you think about the future of city parks and services. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Buckroe fishing pier and adjacent ramp remain closed after being hit by barge

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Nov. 26, 2019 - The James T. Wilson Fishing Pier and property, including the adjacent pier ramp, remain closed to the public after a loose barge crashed into the 709-foot pier earlier this month, causing heavy damage to the structure. Yellow and red cauti...

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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Loose barge that hit Buckroe fishing pier over the weekend to be moved; damage assessment next

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Nov. 18, 2019  – Structural engineers are reviewing damage to the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier after it was hit over the weekend by a barge that broke loose in high winds. They will also check to see if there was any damage from the sto...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Forecast of weekend coastal storm forces cancellation of the last Buckroe Farmers Market of 2019

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Nov. 14, 2019 — A coastal storm with high winds and flooding is predicted for this weekend. That has forced an early end to this season's Buckroe Beach Farmers Market. The Nov. 16 market, scheduled to be the final one this season, will not be he...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Take the survey and tell us what you think about the Buckroe Beach boardwalk renovation plans

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Oct. 30, 2019 - The city is in the process of preparing a design for the renovation of the Buckroe Beach Boardwalk. A number of renovation options are being considered – and we want your feedback. Please go online to view the proposed options and take the...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Nominations open for seniors who should be honored for contributions to the community

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Oct. 17, 2019 - Do you know a senior citizen who should be recognized for their contributions to the community? On Dec. 3, the Hampton Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, along with Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services, Hampton Health Departme...

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Posted on: August 13, 2019

Give input on the future of Parks, Recreation as it updates master plan for renovation, development

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Aug. 13, 2019 - Hampton’s Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services Department is ready to update its master plan, and the public can give input at a kickoff meeting 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Ballroom EF.  ...

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Bluebird Gap Farm will be closed Friday as staff prepares for weekend festival

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Oct. 15, 2019 - Bluebird Gap Farm will be closed to the public Friday so that staff can put the finishing touches on plans for the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The festival offers a variety of children's activities, hayrides, a ...

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Usher in the fall season at the Bluebird Gap Farm Festival on Oct. 19, 20

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Oct. 8, 2019 - Usher in the fall season at the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival offers a variety of children's activities, hayrides, a giant straw slide, master gardening, punkin’ chu...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Celebrate downtown waterfront park at after-work party Oct. 2

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Sept. 18, 2019 - Tucked under the interstate on the Hampton River in the heart of downtown is one of Hampton's least-known parks. The city's parks department wants to reacquaint nearby residents with the park in an after-work event Oct. 2.

River Street Par...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 13, 2019

West Hampton Community Center, Fort Monroe pools will be closed for maintenance

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Aug. 13, 2019 - West Hampton Community Center will be closed for maintenance Wednesday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 2. The Fort Monroe pool will be closed Aug. 26 through Sept. 2. Both will reopen Sept. 3.

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

UPDATE: Water quality improves at Buckroe; swimming advisories lifted

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UPDATE Aug. 9, 2019 - Water quality at all areas of Buckroe Beach is again within state standards, and the Hampton Health Department has lifted swimming advisories issued earlier this week.

Aug. 7, 2019 – The Health Department has issued a swimming advisor...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

Enjoy nautical-themed food, games and more during downtown Crabtown Seafood Festival Aug. 17

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July 31, 2019 - Celebrate the local seafood industry by coming downtown to the Crabtown Seafood Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful view from Mill Point Park to Carousel Park while eating seafood and visiting nautical ar...

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Blackbeard Pirate Festival -- and all its fun -- returns to downtown Hampton for its 20th year

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May 20, 2019 - Hampton’s waterfront comes alive Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, when the annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns for its 20th year. Dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, will transform downtown Hampton ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Memorial Day marks the start of beach season and lots of summer fun at Buckroe Beach

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May 21, 2019 - Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, the official beginning of beach season, and beach-goers will notice some returning favorites and some changes this summer. 

Buckroe Park and the iconic miniature lighthouse from the former amusement ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

Vote now for your favorite attraction in Hampton, including Buckroe Beach

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March 20, 2019 - Several City of Hampton attractions, including Buckroe Beach, The Woodlands golf course, Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center and Hampton Coliseum, have been nominated for Coastal Virginia Magazine's Best of Readers' Choice Awards. All they ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Farmers market returning to Buckroe Beach this summer starting on May 4

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Feb. 5, 2019 - The farmers market is returning to Buckroe Beach this summer.

Starting May 4, you will find local produce, baked good, sausage, seafood, jarred food and much more on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grassy area surrounding the Buckroe Bea...

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Hampton champions now qualify to play for youth football national championship

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Jan. 4, 2019 – Hampton’s youth football league is now associated with the United Youth Football League, and Hampton champions in each age division will now qualify to go to Tampa, Fla. to play for a United Youth Football League Nationa...

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

History Museum needs boxes for January's 'Build the City' at convention center

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Nov. 27, 2018 - The Hampton History Museum is looking for cardboard boxes for the upcoming “Build The City” event at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The whole family is invited to join the fun on Saturday, Jan. 19. Come show your crafting skills and ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Operation Winter Break, camps for kids when school is out, starts Dec. 20

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Nov. 20, 2018 – Operation Winter Break, a chance for students to go to camp when school is out for the Christmas holiday, begins Thursday, Dec. 20, and ends Monday, Dec. 31. The program is closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. Camps are M...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

With parades, markets and music, Hampton celebrates the holidays in style

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Nov. 19, 2018 - From “A Very Electric Christmas” with the Lightwire Theater on Friday, Nov. 30, to the Kwanzaa Market at Hampton University on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, and the Lighted Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, Hampton has more than a dozen holi...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Community meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, to discuss Fox Hill Neighborhood Center

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Nov. 16, 2018 - Hampton’s Community Development Department will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Francis Asbury Elementary School, 140 Beach Road, to refine neighborhood priorities for the new Fox Hill Neighborhood Center....

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Posted on: September 28, 2018

Hampton residents can now go online to sign up for some Parks programs, services

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Oct. 22, 2018 - Hampton residents can now go online to join a city community center or register for after-school programs like Beyond the Bell. Later, residents will be able to reserve park shelters, register for a host of other classes, and more - all fr...

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Posted on: March 22, 2018

International Children's Festival set for Saturday, April 21 at Mill Point Park

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March 26, 2018 - Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 40 countries on Saturday, April 21, when the International Children's Festival is held at Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton. This year the city welcomes Colombia and Nepal to the fun...

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News Flash

Posted on: December 30, 2019

Winners of 2019 Holly Days Parade announced

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More than 800 people participated in Hampton's Holly Days nighttime parade on Dec. 14, 2019, and more than 6,500 came to watch the displays and performances. Winners in the parade competition were:

  • Best Float: Northampton Christian Church
  • Best Truck/SUV/Car...
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Posted on: July 25, 2017

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For more Parks & Recreation news, go to the main page at hampton.gov/parks.

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