Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park unveiled a new pocket park centered around a statue of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine.
Online PR News – 02-September-2015 – St. Augustine, FL – On Tuesday, August 25, the Fraser family, owners of Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, unveiled a new pocket park centered around a heroic-scale statue of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine. Lushly landscaped, the pocket park will provide an atmosphere where the public can â€śrelax, rejuvenate, and reflectâ€ť, according to John W. Fraser, Managing Director of the Fountain of Youth.
The centerpiece of this area is the statue of Pedro Menendez. Sculpted by local renaissance man Chad Light, the cast bronze statue is six feet tall, weighs nearly 400 pounds and is finished in a custom French brown patina that brings out the statueâ€™s fine details. The figure is positioned so that Menendez appears to be surveying his St. Augustine Settlement of 1565. The work of art stands atop a coquina-faced concrete pedestal with a bronze plaque detailing Menendezâ€™s founding of Americaâ€™s First Colony on the grounds of what is now the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Surrounding the statue is a circular coquina tabby area which will host guests in afternoon shade. A semicircle of flags portraying the five major historical eras of St. Augustine curve behind the statue area. Benches will soon be installed.
No admittance fee is required to visit the Menendez pocket park and statue.
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a 15 acre historic site and attraction filled with history,
archaeology and Old Florida charm. It is Floridaâ€™s Oldest Attraction, and it commemorates the Florida landing of Ponce de Leon in 1513 and his quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth. It is archaeologically significant as the original site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy for over 3000 years and as the original site of Pedro Menendez de Avilesâ€™ St. Augustine settlement in September of 1565. This site was established 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and 42 years before the founding of Jamestown. It is also the location of the 1587 Mission Church of Nombre de Dios, the first Franciscan Mission Church in the United States, as well as the 1565 site of the First Muster of militiamen in the United States. The Park now has a beautiful statue of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, too!
Information provided by SEE-StAugustine.com