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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Events for all ages will showcase Youth Violence Prevention Week


April 3, 2023 - Hampton will come together to mark Youth Violence Prevention Week with events that educate, remember victims, share resources, offer recreation, and, ultimately pull the community together in expressions of unity and hope.

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Posted on: March 23, 2023

Mosaic festival celebrates cultures, history, and the Earth on April 22

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March 23, 2023 - The Hampton Mosaic Festival combines elements from the International Children's Festival, Heritage Day, Earth Day celebrations, and adds more art and interactivity. The new, combined festival will be held April 22 from 10 p.m. to...

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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Dates set for input on future of Hampton's carousel

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March 15, 2023 — Community discussions about the future of the historic carousel will be held March 23 and 28. The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership has asked the City Council to move it to make room for a larger waterfront park.

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Polling on the city's upcoming budget available through March 20

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March 15, 2023 - Work to develop next year's budget is under way, and residents can offer their views in an online informal survey. City Manager Mary Bunting seeks input before her recommended budget is developed to ensure it includes residents&a...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

You can feed the animals again at Bluebird Gap Farm

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March 7, 2023 — Bluebird Gap Farm, Hampton’s unique petting zoo, has resumed its popular animal feeding experience, which allows guests to purchase bags of feed and interact with some of the park’s animals.

The program was suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

Free grand opening events for Aquaplex swim center on Oct. 29


Oct. 12, 2022 — The city's new two-pool swimming center will hold a free celebration Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with demonstrations, refreshments, games, and entertainment. 

The program will feature Olympic gold ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

City to keep Fort Monroe Community Center pool open, expand hours

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OCt. 12, 2022 - When the new Aquaplex facility opens, Hampton will continue to operate its indoor pool at the Fort Monroe Community Center, which may be more cost-effective for some residents, depending on usage. The current Aquatic Center – less than 3 m...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Reminders about Buckroe Beach for Labor Day weekend

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As we hit the Labor Day weekend and move into the “off season” at local beaches, here are a few reminders for visitors to Buckroe Beach:

  • After this holiday weekend, there will be no lifeguards on duty until next spring, when the season re-opens on Memorial...
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Posted on: August 31, 2022

River Street Park closes Tuesday, as part of I-64 widening project

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Aug. 31, 2022 - Downtown's River Street Park will be closed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, as part of the widening of Interstate 64, which will connect to the expanded Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. The park is located at the intersection of River Str...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Mary W. Jackson center opening set for Sept. 17


Aug 31, 2022 - The Mary W. Jackson Neighborhood Center will open with a ribbon-cutting on Sept. 17. The special opening day activities include tours, food, and entertainment, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The center, at 231 Lincoln St., features a gym, locker roo...

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

UPDATE: Swimming advisory lifted for Buckroe Beach

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Aug. 24, 2022 – The Health Department has issued a swimming advisory for the central part of beach due to levels of bacteria levels that exceed the state water quality standards for swimming.

Buckroe is segmented, so bacteria levels could affect the entire...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Water quality updates for Hampton's beaches: Know before you go


July 8, 2021 - Beach water samples for all of Hampton's public beaches have met the state's water quality standards.

The Hampton Health Department tests samples of water at several public beach locations throughout the summer season. A sw...

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