Bird Island Park

Location

101 Library Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
P: (904) 209-0346
E: dgorski@sjcfl.us

Bird Island Park is accessed via the additional parking lot at the southern end of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Hours

Open Daily, Dawn until Dusk

About

Bird Island Park is an innovative, passive park to be enjoyed by all generations and offers ample opportunities for small group gatherings, theatre events, children’s programming, picnicking, bird watching, strolling and relaxation. Designed by Bobby Weed, the park illustrates the ecosystems of northeast Florida and highlights native flora and fauna. The landscape includes dune and wetland areas, with educational signage, and interactive art sculptures.

Features

Bird Island Park features an entrance gazebo, followed by a winding trail which leads park guests past water features and examples of native hammock. Visitors will enjoy a hedged sea turtle maze with four beautifully crafted benches in the center. The park also features a story telling area with benches and a small stage with a labyrinth center enhanced by shade trees. There is a boardwalk that surrounds the pond with Bird Island in the center, a second gazebo on the waterfront, a play area for the children and a handicapped accessible sidewalk the winds around the entire park.

History

Bird Island Park began when a handful of Ponte Vedra residents sought to have a local park built in the community. The residents worked with the County to identify the vacant piece of land between the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and Fire Station 10. The County set aside some money for the park, but the community was asked to raise the majority of the necessary funds. A non-profit 501c3 organization was formed, and the volunteer Board of Directors raised more than $400,000 in seven years, with the assistance and support of numerous businesses and individuals. On December 16, 2008, the Bird Island Park Board of Directors officially presented their funds to the County Commission, who then began construction of the park in early 2009. The dedication and grand opening of the park was October 15, 2010.

Park Pals

Bird Island Park is the result of a group of hard working residents who formed the non-profit Ponte Vedra Beach Park At Library Boulevard Incorporated (PVBPALBI) to raise funding and implement the vision of a park for the Ponte Vedra community. Their fundraising, supported by numerous corporate and individual donations, is what made Bird Island Park possible.