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Mayor Rowe cutting the ribbon to open the playground
River Playground Now Open!

Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe cut the ribbon for the TowneBank River Playground on April 27th at Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Come enjoy the fun.  Custom art, “natural” music instruments, climbing structures, Little Free Library and more, 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth, Virginia.

TowneBank River Playground grand opening
TowneBank River Playground Opening

River Playground to Open -  Celebrate Earth Day in “Paradise” and welcome the newest feature of Paradise Creek Nature Park. The TowneBank River Playground officially opens Sat. April 27 during Elizabeth River Project’s free Earth Day celebration from 10 am – 2 pm (ribbon-cutting, 11 am). Join the fun! Nature crafts, tree giveaway, bounce house and more.  Click here to see the Virginian Pilot's coverage of this event.

Tom Clyne, keynote speaker
National Geographic photojournalist Tom Clyne to be keynote speaker at Student Expo

Youth Resilience Expo – 10 am – 1 pm, Saturday, April 6, at Nauticus, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk

National Geographic photojournalist, Tom Clynes, will present the keynote address at 10 am.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (email

Safe Routes to School National Partnership Selects Elizabeth River Project to Help Improve Local Park Access

From a competitive pool of nationwide applicants, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has selected Elizabeth River Project to join Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities, a technical assistance program focused on improving safe and equitable local park access.

New Archway in Paradise

Special thanks to Romayne and Danny Byrum for creating this arch from driftwood as the entry to a new outdoor classroom underway at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Romayne is a member of Elizabeth River Garden Club, which landed a grant from the Garden Club of Virginia for the larger classroom project.

Park Chosen for Eagle Scout Project

Life Scout Patrick chose Paradise Creek for his Eagle Scout project, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn.

Edible Park Kicks Off!

Mayor John Rowe (center) helped plant the first native blueberries on Sept. 24, 2018 to launch an Edible Park project at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Thank you, Healthy Portsmouth and Portsmouth Health Dept.!

Free public foraging starting 2019 as more than 200 native edible plants mature.

For more, email Kat Fish at



1st Day Hike

Start the New Year right with a healthy, 2 mile walk with Ranger Kat! Free pedometer for first ten registrants.

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
FREE- Registration Required- Contact Kat Fish, or 757-392-7132

Volunteers Support Public Art

Volunteers with Support Public Art clear the spot for “ephemeral art.” Stop by and create your own, then send us a photo!

Meet our new Conservation Landscape Curator, Yolima Carr

Yolima Carr joins Elizabeth River Project as the new Conservation Landscape Curator

Ornithologist in Residence

Elizabeth River Project welcomes Marlee Fuller-Morris as Ornithologist in Residence at Paradise Creek Nature Park through June. Marlee has conducted research with a variety of bird species in Oklahoma and Mississippi. Look for bird walks led by Marlee in the coming months.

Park Designated as Newest Stop on Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has added Paradise Creek Nature Park to their network of best places to see birds and wildlife in the Commonwealth. You can find more information here

Park's First Campers!

Thanks to our new Fred W. Beazley River Academy, we just finished our first summer camp in “Paradise.”  Special thanks to sponsors Dominion Energy, Frank and Aimee Batten and Dr. Mack Bonner.

Watch Dominion’s video    

Workshops at Paradise Creek Nature Park

Portsmouth Master Gardeners learned pruning and planting techniques while using the park as their outdoor classroom.

See more adult programs offered at the park.

Eagle Scouts Improve Park

Eagle Scout Harrison installs benches at Paradise Creek Nature Park for more seating throughout the forest and along the wetland.  Keep an eye out for upcoming Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award additions!