Ponce Inlet Parks And Recreation
Ponce Inlet is a private and beautiful beachside town that is fortunate to have a variety of parks for residents to enjoy. The parks here incorporate the best of waterfront foliage and wildlife and yet offer an array of amenities that are sure to meet any need or desire. There is even an adopt-a-park program, Imagine the Possibilities, which encourages residents to donate either time or money to help improve existing facilities or develop new ones such as tree houses, safe climbing structures, a spot for older children to gather safely, butterfly gardens, a bocce court, fitness stations along a nature trail, and even a dog park. Below we will outline some of these parks that are continuous favorites of residents and visitors alike.
Happy Tails Dog Park
4702 S. Peninsula
Amenities: Dogs allowed - must have Ponce Inlet license Happy Tails sits on a 1/4 acre under tall oak trees. This park offers separate fenced areas for both small and large dogs so your dog can run around safely. This park also has benches for sitting and doggie bags to pick up after the dogs.
4400 block of S. Atlantic and S. Peninsula Drive
Amenities: parking, restroom, nature/walking/hiking trail The Ponce Preserve is the town’s largest park with approximately 41 acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River. Sitting at the heart of this park is the Green Mound State Archaeological Site, an ancient Indian midden. The terrain here is varied, from the ocean dunes, through terraced palmetto patches and maritime hammock to the wetlands adjacent to the Halifax River. You’ll find many native plants in the Preserve including Florida lantana, southern red cedar, cabbage palms, Simpson’s stoppers and oak trees. At the base of the Green Mound is a live oak estimated to be more than 350 years old. The Preserve has been added to the East Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail and is an excellent site for bird watching.
The parking lot and restrooms on the west side of Peninsula Drive give direct access to the nature trails through the park. The boardwalk begins directly across the street and offers two places to launch canoes and kayaks while meandering one-third of a mile across the marsh out to the Halifax River.Three covered gazebos offer visitors a place to relax and enjoy unspoiled views.vided the benches throughout the park and landscaping at the entrance island.
Kay & Ayres Davies Lighthouse Park
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Amenities: picnic area, boat ramp, restrooms, pavilions, playground Kay & Ayres Davies Lighthouse Park is situated under the shadow of the historic Ponce DeLeon Light Station on over 3 acres. The Ponce Inlet Veterans Memorial is located in this park. There is also a public boat ramp here, with limited parking available.
Timothy Pollard Memorial Park
4680 S. Peninsula
Amenities: skate park, tennis and basketball courts, playground, picnic area Timothy Pollard Memorial Park is an active park with many things to do. Sitting on two acres adjacent to the Fire Department, this park is the hub of much activity with its playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and skate park. If this is too much activity, you can sit at one of the picnic tables and watch the kids play. Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk (Park), Skate Park 10am to 8pm only, Tennis and Basketball Courts close at 11:00pm