Located on the western edge of the City at 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Ponce de Leon Park overlooks the vast expanse of Charlotte Harbor. The parks amenities include a boat ramp, fishing piers, mangrove boardwalk, small playground, open air chapel area, and picnic pavilion. The park also has a sandy beach area that is popular for watching the sunset and the boats cruising in and out of the channel into Punta Gorda Isles canal system.
Ponce de Leon Park is home to the Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC). A 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native-Florida wildlife. The PRWC treats over 2,000 furry and feathered patients annually. When a patient cannot be returned to the wild, but is otherwise healthy it becomes a permanent resident. Housed attractive habitats suggestive of their native environments these permanent residents are available for public viewing daily, Contact Peace River Wildlife Center for hours of operation.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Other City Parks & Facilities
- Historic Structures
History Park is a nine (9) acre park located in the central part of the City. The park serves as a relocation site for significantly historic structures saved from demolition. This facility is operated in conjunction with the Punta Gorda Historical Society. The park now has a total of four (4) local historic homes. Three of the homes are open to the public. In addition, the site hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market on Sundays throughout the year and a community garden is being developed.