The property in which Paradise Park is located was first developed in the early 1900′s to supply ice to the surrounding towns of Saco , Biddeford as well as Old Orchard Beach . Milliken Pond was dugout for the main purpose of cutting ice blocks during the winter months. The old granite blocks surrounding the pond are remnants of the foundation for the old storage building which housed the blocks of ice in sawdust for the warm summer months.
Years later when freezers were mass produced the need for ice blocks disappeared. In the 1940′s and 1950′s the property was used as a day camp for local children. Named “Happy Day Camp” the pond then provided activities such as swimming lessons, boating and fishing. In the 1960′s camping began to grow in popularity and Paradise Park was born.
Gerry Daly who was town manager at the time purchased the park for taxes owed on the property. Mr. Daly began with 20 sites in the front of the park and eventually had up to 10 A-frames as well. Electricity was available at 10 of the sites while guests still had to get water from the bathhouse. While operating as a campground the Daly’s still offered day camp services to the local children. Milliken Pond was also the official training facility of the Old Orchard Beach Lifeguards during that time.
Over the years the park has taken on many changes. Though camping has changed from those days of hauling water to your camper the fundamentals still remain the same. We still strive to offer a pleasant, clean and enjoyable camping experience just as the Daly’s had envisioned nearly 50 years ago. With amenities such as WiFi at every site, heated pool, hot tubs and recreation for every age; we invite you to stay with us and continue the tradition of camping in beautiful Old Orchard Beach and Paradise Park .
The Halle Family