PicMonkey Collage - Ponce 2
PicMonkey Collage - Ponce 1

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.

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This site was purchased in 2003 by the City of Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency for the purpose of providing a public gathering space and additional parking for the historic Charlotte County Courthouse.  The Courthouse facility underwent a complete historically accurate restoration in 2009.  As a complement to this restoration the design of the site incorporated an urban plaza occupying approximately 1/5 (one fifth) of the site.  The improvements include seating, landscaping and a brick path.  The area hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market on Saturdays throughout the year.

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