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About the Park

Saluting the Park Partners

The City of Portsmouth maintains Paradise Creek Nature Park as its third largest public park. 

The non-profit Elizabeth River Project raised the funds to buy and improve the site and now operates the park's environmental education, restoration, and volunteer programs. 

The Port of Virginia, in 2012, restored the park's 11 acres of wetlands, bringing back part of the Elizabeth River that was filled in the 1950s. 


An Oasis for Recreation and Education

Paradise Creek Nature Park provides the rare opportunity to enjoy a restored Elizabeth River - first-hand. This 40-acre, waterfront park will teach generations what it takes to bring back the health of an urban river, once presumed dead. Two miles of trails lead the visitor through an urban forest under revitalization, 11 acres of new tidal wetlands, and past industrial partners all doing their part to bring back your home river. Visit to enjoy the songbirds and waterfowl returning to this oasis of peace in an urban setting. Come for education programming, special events and volunteer opportunities. 


A Park for Posterity — and Prosperity

Urban parks are in renaissance world-wide. That’s because green spaces don’t just filter pollution. More than 30 studies have shown that parks have a positive impact on nearby property values. Parks calm crime. Access to nature increases children’s ability to concentrate. In fact, parks are “essential to human well-being” (National Geographic, 2006). Be part of this magic at Paradise Creek Nature Park.


Park Amenities

  • Fred W. Beazley River Academy
  • 11 acres of restored wetlands
  • 2 miles of handicap accessible trails
  • Fred W. Beazley River Academy 
  • Wetland Learning Lab
  • Earthworks Mound
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Urban Tree Trail
  • Butterfly Trail
  • Fitness trail 
  • Kayak Launch with short tote from parking
  • Educational signage throughout
  • Demonstration "green" parking
  • Vernal Pool & Boardwalk
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Four Picnic Tables
  • Art at the Park
  • Kid's Playground

GROUP RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: If you are planning an activity at this park for a group of 10 or more, please contact Elizabeth River Project at least two weeks ahead to coordinate with other activities and ensure availability of facilities. Please call or email Yolima Carr: 757-392-7132