The Parks Division is composed of two full-time employees and five part-time summer hires, whose goal is to enhance the quality of life while permanently preserving, maintaining and improving all city owned parks.
All city parks are to be enjoyed Sunrise to 10pm.
Please obey all posted rules specific to each park.
On the border of Valparaiso and Niceville, located on John Sims Parkway. This 1.2 acre park is named after General James Doolittle, an American aviation pioneer. During World War II many pilots trained at what is now Eglin Air Force Base. A very special group, the Doolittle Raiders, trained here for their bombing mission over Japan under the leadership of General Doolittle. They trained at auxiliary fields where a runway the length of an aircraft flight deck was marked off to practice takeoffs. This park is in remembrance of all of those who have served in our military. Enjoy the shade and sit in the cool breeze while watching Old Glory fly. Also there is a time capsule that was placed by the city of Valparaiso as part of our bicentennial celebration. It was sealed up in 1976, to be opened in 2076.
Glen Argyle Park
Located between North Bayshore Drive and Glenview Avenue, this approximate 4 acre park is a great place for a walk while enjoying nature. Amenities include 1/5 mile concrete walkway, wooden bridge, benches, gazebo with swing, picnic area and restrooms. Parking is available on north and south ends.
Located at Florida Avenue and South Bayshore Drive, this 3.45 acre park is a peaceful spot with plenty to do. Amenities include restrooms, shower, picnic area, wooden bridge, swings, playground equipment and a 24 hour boat ramp.
Located at 1230 North Bayshore Drive, this approximate 6.5 acre park is the most popular due to its size, location and features. Lincoln Park offers a swimming area with docks, picnic area, restrooms, showers, playground equipment and a 24 hour boat ramp. This park also hosts our annual 4th of July celebration.
Located at the corner of Aurora Street and Valparaiso Parkway. Although operated and maintained by Niceville-Valparaiso Little League, the City of Valparaiso supports it by offering a $2500 donation annually. More information regarding NVLL can be obtained here.
Marion Ruckel Recreational Facility
Located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Nordberg Ave this park provides fun for all. Amenities include swings, playground equipment, picnic areas, volleyball court, tennis court and basketball court.
Located in historic district on Westview Avenue, this park is great for remembering days gone by. Fittingly named after Chicago businessman, John B. Perrine who called this region Valparaiso, Spanish word meaning the “vale of paradise”, this park sits across the street from the Heritage Museum underneath quiet pines. Amenities include picnic tables and benches. This park hosts a variety of events annually to include Saturday in the park, Yule of yesteryear and Christmas Camp Walton.
Shipyard Point Park
Located on North Bayshore Drive this small family oriented park offers charcoal grills, picnic tables, playground equipment, swings and a great view for the 4th of July fireworks.
Located at Lincoln Avenue and Echo Drive this 7 acre park is described by some as simply “serenity”. A 1600 foot walking trail circles a pond located in the middle of the park. This area is currently under construction as we are adding pavilions, more benches, restroom facilities and a dog park. There is not much else to ask for on a relaxing day.
Located on North Bayshore Drive this fishing pier has plenty of room for everyone. Complete with two cleaning stations, running water and 24 hour restrooms.
Twin Cities Park
Located at 170 John Sims Parkway this park offers a newly renovated 24 hour boat ramp with picnic area and restrooms.