NEWPORT NEWS—Newport News is developing an updated master plan for Stoney Run Park and would like public input. The existing Stoney Run Park Master Plan was completed in 1998, and a great deal has changed in the city and region since that time. The goal now is to develop a new master plan that capitalizes on the park’s existing amenities while identifying ways to improve community offerings and maximize the site’s potential. The city intends to include the area around the Stoney Run Athletic Complex, including the Recovery Operations Center, in the plan, as they anticipate it will be accessible for recreational use in the next few years.
Stoney Run Park is nestled in the Denbigh area at 15194 Warwick Boulevard and boasts 228 acres. At Stoney Run Park, residents and guests enjoy athletic amenities, bike paths and trails, boat rentals, gardens, freshwater fishing, hiking, and walking paths and trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and more. The park also includes a Nature Center.
The Stoney Run Athletic Complex, a five-field complex known for hosting tournaments, leagues, and athletic special events was primarily developed for softball, but is also used for youth baseball, youth soccer, and field hockey. The park itself also features basketball and tennis courts. The new Bethea Basketball Court, the city’s first outdoor lighted court, sits at the entrance to the complex.
There are several ways to share ideas on the Stoney Run Park Master Plan. The community is invited to respond to an online survey to provide input. The city is also hosting an Open House on Tuesday, September 21 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Boulevard). Residents are invited to stop by during business hours to speak with staff about the park as well as activities they would like to see offered.
To learn more about the process and to follow along with the plan’s development, visit the Stoney Run Master Plan webpage.