Three beautiful small parks are nestled together near the center of Port St. Lucie, Florida, on the eastern shore of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
The most moving is Veterans Memorial Park, the northernmost of the three. This quiet (except for the passing traffic), meditative site honors those who have died or been wounded in the service of their country, including Florida's memorial wall listing those who died in the Vietnam War.
One of the earliest city parks, a favorite with boaters and fishers, is Veterans Park at Rivergate, with a boat ramp, boardwalk and parking.
These two are on Veterans Memorial Parkway (formerly Midport Road), just north of Port St. Lucie Boulevard. Between them is a newly completed strip of shops, which are currently all small, casual restaurants.
The newest and most southern of the three is Tom Hooper Park, named after a long-time City Council member and vice-mayor. It features an extension of the lighted boardwalk with a pavilion over the river.
Tom Hooper Park and parking is on SE Rivergate Parkway, which runs behind the Walgreen's and bank.