Located in the center of Punta Gorda Isles, the largest residential community in the City, this 19 acre park was purchased with funds from the Florida Community Trust (FCT) in the 1990’s. The property is bordered on the north and west by residential streets, Aqui Esta Drive and Bal Harbor Boulevard, respectively, to the east, by a residential canal and to the south by residential multifamily property. The site hosts preserved, managed and enhanced areas for a variety of educational programs and outdoor activities including, walking, bird watching, photography, environmental education and wildlife observation. Because of this vision for the use of the site, it was named "The Punta Gorda Nature Park".
The site establishes a unique recreation area which highlights the naturally occurring wetlands, uplands, vegetation and wildlife typical of pre-subdivided Punta Gorda. An urban interpretative nature walk still stands in stark contrast to the mass land subdivision fabric of the surrounding neighborhood. The site carries with it the unique characteristic of being a bicycle and pedestrian access oriented via its direct connection to the extensive Punta Gorda sidewalk system and the City’s Punta Gorda Pathways project. Many nature centers and wildlife preserves in Southwest Florida are only accessible by car or boat, this hidden jewel lies within close proximity to residential areas and commercial establishments.
Since 2011, The PGI Green Thumbs, volunteer Friday mornings to plant, weed and prune existing trees and newly planted gardens in the cleared upland section closest to Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta Drive. The volunteers created a series of gardens. Butterfly, edible and wetland gardens are dispersed throughout the area. Topiary forms are included in the various gardens and younger children will enjoy the “Find me in the Garden Game” engaging visitors to find native wildlife throughout the property.
Future plans include a variety of environmental classes for local schools with topics such as natural wetland systems, mangroves, water quality, and butterfly and herb gardens. People can now be seen biking and walking through the boardwalk area on a regular basis.
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Hounds on HenryAmenities:
- Pet Friendly
This park contains approximately one and a half (1.5) acres and provides two fenced areas (large and small breed), sidewalks and other facilities for residents and their K-9 companions.
In order to protect the safety and welfare of park users and the citizens of the City of Punta Gorda, the following rules and regulations apply within the Hounds on Henry Dog Park:
- No animals other than dogs are allowed in the park.
- Dog owners must accompany their dog(s) at all times when inside the park.
- Dogs are required to wear a collar with a current license attached and must be current on their rabies vaccines.
- Dog owners are responsible for the clean-up/removal of their dog’s feces. Owners must utilize the bag stations and trash cans for feces removal.
- Female dogs in heat and dogs under the age of 4 months are prohibited from entering the park.
- No glass containers are allowed inside of the park.
- Smoking is prohibited in the park.
- Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the premises and owners must immediately remove their dog from the park at first sign of aggression.
Owners should be respectful and courteous to others in the park. Owners are expected to know the temperament of their dog and are ultimately responsible for the actions of their dog at all times while inside of the park. Owners are discouraged from bringing food into the park and from feeding dogs as food aggression or allergies may occur. Owners are not exempt from the Charlotte County Animal Control Ordinances in regards to dangerous/aggressive animals and may be subject to a fine in the event a violation occurs. The City reserves the right to deny access to the park for any dog and their owner for failure to comply with these rules and regulations or Charlotte County Animal Control Ordinances.