Twenty solar panels, a giant rain cistern, a classroom for 30 and more can be found at the brand-new Fred W. Beazley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park.
The Elizabeth River Project and the City of Portsmouth cut the ribbon to officially open the “greenest little building in Portsmouth” on Tuesday, April 3. The day was filled with several community events including the Spring Break Youth Field Day.
Over $700,000 was raised by the Elizabeth River Project to build the River Academy with its sustainable practices and mission to educate citizens of all ages about the restoring an urban river.
The River Academy will serve as a companion to the Elizabeth River Project’s Dominion Energy Learning Barge.
“The River Academy exponentially expands the ways we can use this urban park to create a place of peace, where young people in particular can step away from inner-city challenges to dream a different future,” said Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project, in a press release.