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
- Passive Park
Trabue Park, previously identified as Mangrove Park, was renamed to give recognition to Isaac Trabue, a founding father of Punta Gorda. The park contains ten (10) acres of mangroves and uplands located along the Peace River east of US 41. The park contains observation decks and a multi-use recreational trail. It serves as a trailhead for the Punta Gorda Pathway section known as Harborwalk East. Long term plans include the development of this parcel into a gateway park.