An extraordinary structure brightly painted in red and black candy stripe in the city of Ponce is the well-known Parque de Bombas. Influenced by Spanish and Moorish architecture's, Parque de Bombas sits in the city’s main square of Plaza las Delicias, as it shines with beauty. Parque de Bombas was once Ponce old fire station that attracts travelers from all over the world to enjoy captivating patterns of this unique building in Puerto Rico.
Parque de Bombas is one of the most noticeable landmarks in all of Puerto Rico and if you are in the city of Ponce, this is a must visit. Standing directly behind the lovely Ponce Cathedral, this dazzling attraction is made of wood frame while offering an iconic image that lures you to step in inside. Parque de Bombas de Ponce is open to the public from Wednesdays to Mondays between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.
Originally, Parque de Bombas was an exhibit pavilion for agricultural trade fairs, but was later turn into a house for firefighters for the southern districts of the island. It fulfilled its purpose for more than a century, until Parque de Bombas was officially named a fire station museum in 1990. Take a relaxing tour of Parque de Bombas, as you explore the exhibits of firefighting equipment and artifacts used throughout the station’s history, which includes the intensely red fire engine, parked on the first floor.
While touring, you will also see paintings which honor the seven courageous bomberos (firefighters) and a civilian for their heroic acts in 1899. The city of Ponce once witness and fought against a ravenous fire that started inside the army’s gunpowder reserves. These men were able to settle the flames to prevent further disaster, and today Parque de Bombas represents a symbol of courage and service to the community.