Located on the western edge of the City at 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Ponce de Leon Park overlooks the vast expanse of Charlotte Harbor. The parks amenities include a boat ramp, fishing piers, mangrove boardwalk, small playground, open air chapel area, and picnic pavilion. The park also has a sandy beach area that is popular for watching the sunset and the boats cruising in and out of the channel into Punta Gorda Isles canal system.
Ponce de Leon Park is home to the Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC). A 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native-Florida wildlife. The PRWC treats over 2,000 furry and feathered patients annually. When a patient cannot be returned to the wild, but is otherwise healthy it becomes a permanent resident. Housed attractive habitats suggestive of their native environments these permanent residents are available for public viewing daily, Contact Peace River Wildlife Center for hours of operation.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Other City Parks & Facilities
- Basketball Court
- Grilling Area
- Open Space
- Pickleball Court
- Picnic Tables
- Tennis Court
- Punta Gorda Pathways
Gilchrist Park provides approximately twelve (12) acres of Charlotte Harbor waterfront just west of US 41 hosting a variety of active recreation opportunities, including, basketball, pickleball, tennis, and a children’s playground area. Additionally, passive recreational activities include picnic pavilions, waterfront gazebo, and a fishing pier. As part of the Harborwalk Project, Gilchrist Park is undergoing renovations to include a new seawall, 20’ promenades along the harbor to complete the connection between the commercial anchors, Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotel and Fishermen's Village, on either side of the Park. The Harborwalk is a key factor in increasing the economic viability and sustainability through the connection of important pedestrian components to the downtown area. The connections include the small businesses, restaurants, shops and stores, which service the local residents as well as the tourist community. The completion of the Punta Gorda Pathways, a strategic series of multiuse paths encircling the City, will link key destination points, improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, and enhance economic viability of the core commercial areas.