Developer and City of Port St. Lucie will host groundbreaking event on April 25

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Mattamy Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, is breaking ground on the highly anticipated Stars and Stripes Park at its Tradition master-planned community in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Set to open in early 2025, Stars and Stripes Park is a brilliant mix of green spaces, scenic ponds and themed art installations designed to honor first responders and veterans, as well as provide an astronomical learning experience for the community.

Evoking a sense of pride and reflection, Stars and Stripes Park is anchored by a prominent display centered around a majestic waving flag and massive, gleaming star sculptures bearing symbols of service and thoughtful quotes from veterans, first responders and front-line medical personnel. The letters and shapes are cut out and lit colorfully from within using unique point-source lighting technology which projects the images onto the ground and visitors at night. The stars include many captivating design elements that illuminate the surrounding areas and extend the art experience beyond their physical boundaries. Experienced in their totality, the stars and stripes honor the service of veterans, first responders and front-line medical professionals as detailed quotes tell a fascinating story of service, perseverance, courage, bravery and reflection.

“We’re very excited to bring Stars and Stripes Park to life at Tradition. This will surely become a popular gathering spot for the community, particularly on patriotic holidays,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy’s Southeast Florida Division President. “The park’s artistic and thoughtful displays will enrich the lives of Tradition’s residents, creating an even stronger sense of pride and appreciation in the community.”

To celebrate the park groundbreaking, Mattamy Homes and the City of Port St. Lucie will host an event on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 12441 Southwest Village Parkway. Attendees will enjoy light bites, brief speeches by city and Mattamy Homes representatives, and a photo opp.

“Stars and Stripes Park will be a wonderful addition to our city, honoring our first responders and veterans while offering a beautiful space for Port St. Lucie residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Shannon Martin. “Parks play a vital role in the well-being of our beautiful community, and we are committed to providing more greenspaces and recreational opportunities across the city.”

Another “star” attraction of the park will be an awe-inspiring solar system display, centered around a brilliant sun dial with gyroscopic rings of metal and multi-colored translucent inserts that change color as the sun moves through the sky. This section, which includes an art installation and name for each planet, was created to demonstrate the considerable range of distances between the planetary orbits. Each planet will be illuminated at night for a colorful display.

The concentric circles in the display start very close together, representing how the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars hug the inside of the solar system. Accordingly, the orbits become much more distant from one another as viewers travel outward, with Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto rounding out the solar system—a stunning visualization that invites residents to contemplate Earth’s modest place in their solar system, galaxy, and universe.

A thoughtfully placed stand of bamboo trees divides the park’s solar system area from the parking lot, creating an appealing and conceptual buffer between areas while adding a unique tree line for photo opportunities on either side. Decorated, line-of-sight walkways connect the various areas of Stars and Stripes Park, making it an ideal place for residents to walk and explore. The park also features a traffic circle with shaded seating for TIM shuttle passengers.

Over the past five years, Mattamy Homes has been at the helm of Tradition’s continued evolution, bringing to life several new neighborhoods including Manderlie, Emery, Telaro and Cadence – with more in the pipeline. The developer has also focused on creating state-of-the-art innovations to enrich the residential experience at Tradition, including the Tradition in Motion (TIM) autonomous shuttle and an e-bike sharing program, which provide easy connectivity between key community destinations.

Mattamy recently broke ground on its 73-foot HEART in the Park sculpture, which will be the tallest heart sculpture in the world once complete next spring.

Tradition’s impressive range of amenities, community events and bustling town center have been a major draw for residents, helping to create a strong and inviting sense of community where neighbors can engage, participate in events and build meaningful connections.

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About Mattamy Homes

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with 40-plus years of history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets — Dallas, Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. In Canada, Mattamy Homes’ communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area as well as Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit for more information.