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PORTSMOUTH (AP) -- Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth is receiving a $100,000 gift from APM Terminals Virginia.

The gift was announced Wednesday during a sneak preview of the park for area dignitaries.

Phase I of the 40-acre park includes more than 2 miles of trails, a pedestrian bridge and 11 acres of wetlands that have been restored by the Virginia Port Authority. It is expected to open to the public in December.

Phase 2 of the project will include two 'Wetland Learning Labs,' a 'Rainwater Filtration Pavilion' with compost toilets, a canoe-kayak launch and a children's playground.

Eric Sisco, president of APM Terminals, Americas, said, 'Our partnership underscores the importance of a vibrant Elizabeth River not only to our port's success, but also to the region's overall economy and quality of life.'

One of the park's trails will be named for APM Terminals Virginia in honor of its gift.

Officials sayParadise Creek Nature Park, which is off Victory Blvd., is designed as a regional, educational showcase for how industry and environment can co-exist.

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