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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: 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.

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

North Phoebus Community Center gym and fitness room will be closed for maintenance

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Aug. 23, 2019 — The North Phoebus Community Center gym and fitness room will be closed for maintenance from Monday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 14. New flooring is being installed in the gym, and the fitness room not be accessible.

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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: 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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Parks & Recreation
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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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 21, 2019

Welcome to summer in Hampton

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Welcome to the first official day of summer, Hampton visitors and residents! This is one of our favorite seasons because it’s our job to create fun opportunities for your entire family. Choose from beaches, golf courses, clean city initiatives, ...

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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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Parks & Recreation
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 8, 2019

New Parks and Rec director brings organizational experience, vision

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Dec. 10, 2018 -- Hampton's new Parks and Recreation director, Dave McCauley, brings a strong background in organization and leadership to the role after his first career in the Army. Hear about his background and his view of the city’s park assets and nee...

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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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Operation Winter Break Parks & Recreation
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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Parks & Recreation
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: November 14, 2018

Public invited to opening of Mill Creek Pier behind Fort Monroe Community Center

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Nov. 14, 2018 - The public is invited to the opening of  the Mill Creek Pier Saturday behind the Fort Monroe Community Center, 100 Stillwell Road. The pier will be used as a paddleboat and kayak launch by Hampton’s Parks, Recreation & Leisure...

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Parks & Recreation
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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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 5, 2018

Help 'Catch the King' and join a regional effort to measure astronomical tide

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Oct. 5, 2018 - Your help is needed to "Catch the King" on Oct. 27.

For the second year in a row, hundreds of volunteers from across the region are wanted to monitor and measure the years highest astronomical tide - the king tide. 

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 5, 2018

Senior advisory committee is accepting nominations for 2018 Senior Citizenship Award

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Oct. 5, 2018 - The Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, in partnership with Hampton's Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department, is accepting nominations for the 2018 Senior Citizenship Award through Nov. 1. 

Nominees must be between the a...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Bluebird Gap Farm closed Friday to prepare for fun festival Saturday

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Oct. 18, 2018 - Bluebird Gap Farm will be closed Friday in preparation for the festival on Saturday, when hay rides, "punkin chunkin," straw mazes and more will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Entry and activities at Bluebird will be free. Food...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: October 11, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael, tornado and flood watches prompt closings in Hampton

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Oct. 11, 2018 -Due to the threat of bad weather, a number of city offices or programs are closed this afternoon:

  • All community and neighborhood centers run by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services will close at 6 p.m.
  • After-school progr...
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Posted on: September 5, 2018

Health Department issues final swimming advisory for south Buckroe Beach

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Sept. 5, 2018 - The Hampton Health Department issued a swimming advisory Wednesday for the south end of Buckroe Beach (from the pier to Point Comfort Avenue). Tests showed there were higher than standard levels of Enterococci in the water, and studies sho...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

UPDATE: Swimming advisory for Buckroe Beach is lifted

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July 28, 2018 - The Hampton Health Department on Saturday lifted the swimming advisory for Buckroe Beach. Bacteria levels returned to normal. 

Recreational waters are routinely monitored during the summer swimming season. Four beaches in Newport N...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

You can sign up now to become a vendor at upcoming Crabtown Seafood Festival downtown

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July 12, 2018 - Sign up now to become a vendor at the upcoming Crabtown Seafood Festival. 

Honoring Hampton's history as a town built by seafood, the Sept. 8 festival will line the downtown waterfront  from Mill Point Park to Carousel Par...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: July 12, 2018

Vendors encouraged to apply now for a space at the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival

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July 12, 2018 - Vendor applications are now being accepted for the Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival is our way of embracing the fall season, with a variety of children’s activities...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

The votes are in and the new goats at Bluebird Gap Farm have been named

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July 12, 2018 -  Sherlock and Watson? Starsky and Hutch, or Zig and Zag? The people have spoken (it was actually an online vote) and the new pygmy goats at Bluebird Gap Farm have been named. Stop by the park and meet Zig and Zag! 

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

New shelter at Gosnold's Hope one of many changes, improvements planned by Parks

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Hampton's Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department continues to make changes and improvements designed to make your trip to city parks even more enjoyable:

  • Gosnold's Hope Park has a new 300-seat shelter available for rent. The River Birch Picnic S...
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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: June 20, 2018

Performing Arts Center programs moving to Hampton Arts Commission

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June 20, 2018 - Hampton’s Performing & Creative Arts Center for young people, located at 300 Butler Farm Road, will officially close to the public on Monday, June 25.  Many of the current programs will be transferred to the Hampton Arts Commi...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Unveiling of historical marker for Bay Shore beach resort to be held Saturday

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June 20, 2018 - Join members of the Buckroe Historical Society on Saturday morning as they unveil a historical marker to the Bay Shore Hotel, which served African-Americans as a top East Coast resort for 75 years. 

The venture, which opened in 189...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Weather service issues heat advisory, residents encouraged to stay cool, stay safe

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June 19, 2018 - The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a heat advisory for today and temperatures in Hampton will be 95 degrees with heat index values as high as 105 degrees.

Hampton's Emergency Management Office said the combination of high ...

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Parks & Recreation
Posted on: May 24, 2018

Free weekend shuttle service will be available at Buckroe Beach through Labor Day

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May 25, 2018 - Starting this weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend, the city will offer free shuttle service for visitors to Buckroe Beach. While the park and nearby fishing pier offer more than 580 free parking spaces - which are sufficient fo...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Celebrated Blackbeard festival returning to downtown's Mill Point Park June 2, 3

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May 23, 2018 - The Blackbeard Festival is June 2 and 3, but the fun starts with the Grand Pirates Bash on Friday, June 1st. There will be games, fireworks and more on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. downtown, and the fun continues Sunday from noon-...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Help your child stay active and have fun by enrolling them in city camp this summer

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May 14, 2018 - Help your child have fun and stay active this summer by enrolling them in one of the many summer camps offered by the city's Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department. 

Kids 11-15 years of age can take part in swimming, ar...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers exhibit is now open at the Hampton History Museum

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May 17, 2018 - Commemorating the 300th anniversary the death of the notorious pirate Blackbeard  - and the 19th Annual Blackbeard Festival here in Hampton - the exhibit Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers is now open at the Hampton History Museum....

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

TNCC has summer camps available for students interested in science, technology

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May 9, 2018 - Thomas Nelson Community College has several summer camps scheduled for area students:

  • Summer Science Camp: July 23-26, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon, Hampton campus. It's free and open to middle school students. The camp is meant to unlock...
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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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Posted on: December 10, 2015

Buckroe Fishing Pier renamed in honor of retiring Parks director

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Dec. 10, 2015 - Hampton City Council Wednesday renamed the Buckroe Fishing Pier to the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier in honor of the city's Parks and Recreation director (shown above with his wife Elizabeth and Mayor George Wallace). Wilson is retiring Jan...Read on...

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News Flash

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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