Located at 400 W. Retta Esplanade in historic Punta Gorda, the Gilchrist Park Playground is adjacent to Charlotte Harbor and sits underneath the iconic Ficus Tree.
The Playground includes an Pirate ship where you can "walk the plank" and steer the ship! Other playground features include a swings, climbing areas, slides, and other features for an unlimited amount of fun.
The playground is geared towards children ages 5 to 12 years old. Adult supervision is recommended at all times.
The Playground in part was made possible through the generosity and support of the Friends of Gilchrist Park Playground.
400 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
- 11 acres along Charlotte Harbor
- Basketball court
- Connection to Punta Gorda Pathways
- Connection to Laishley Park
- Fishing pier
- Shelters & picnic tables
- Small beach
- Sidewalk for walking, jogging and biking
- Tennis & pickle ball courts
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.