Historic Punta Gorda Waterfront is the perfect setting for your special event, wedding or family reunion.  Enjoy your special day in one of Punta Gorda’s facilities on Charlotte Harbor.  Panoramic views of the water, sunsets and beautiful picture opportunities, all within walking distance of downtown Punta Gorda


  • Daily reservation bookings for pavilions, gazebos, open space, etc. are intended for private parties or gatherings which are neither advertised nor open to the general public
  • Before making a reservation, please read and understand the rules and regulations listed below
  • Reservations are accepted up to 1 year in advance
  • It is recommended that you visit the park to make sure the pavilion, gazebo, open space, etc. and surrounding amenities will meet your needs
  • Reservations are made in one hour increments
  • City parks are available for use from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset depending on location and/or event
  • Reservation agreement and payment must be received at least 10 business days prior to the reservation date
  • No refunds unless there is a catastrophic event

Rules and Regulations

The rules noted below are intended to safeguard city parks for the enjoyment of all:

  • Pavilions and surrounding event site areas are to be returned to the “as was” condition
  • No mechanical rides, water slides, or any form of activity that involves the use of continuous running water
  • Refuse is to be deposited in trash receptacles.  Trash bags and/or containers of trash are not to be left behind on the ground or tabletops.  Please do not leave any bags or containers of trash anywhere in the park
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted, however no glass containers are permitted
  • No firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets, or other fireworks or explosives of flammable material on park property
  • No bounce houses or other inflatable play equipment is allowed

SPECIAL EVENTS - If your event includes fund-raising, is open to the public, has an admission fee, or involves selling (food, services or wares), your event will be classified as a Special Event and require additional permitting requirements.  An Event Application is required.

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Rental Rates

 Individual & Non-Profit    For Profit

Gilchrist Park     

Gazebo $20.00 $30.00
Small Shelter  – up to 25 $5.00 $10.00
Large Shelter - up to 100 $10.00 $20.00
Open space up to 100 $10.00 $20.00
Open Space 101 to 500 $25.00 $30.00

Laishley Park

Gazebo $20.00 $30.00
Marriage Point  $10.00 $20.00
Open Air Pavilion(s) - up to 100 $20.00 $30.00
Open Air Pavilion(s) - Per Day $150.00 $225.00
Open Space up to 100 $20.00 $30.00
Open Space 101 to 500 $35.00 $40.00

Ponce de Leon Park

Open Chapel $10.00 $20.00
Shelter $10.00 $20.00
Open Space up to 100 $20.00 $20.00
Open Space 101 to 250 $25.00 $30.00

The following areas are NOT available for rent and are on a first-come, first-serve basis ONLY


Gilchrist Park

  • Playground pavilion

    Tennis Courts

    Pickle Ball Courts

Laishley Park

  • Interactive Fountain & Playground Area


Use the form below to request a park rental

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:


First & Last Name of Renter

Organization / Title
Street Address of Renter

Zip Code

Email Address of Renter
Phone Number of Renter
What park would you like to rent?
Date of rental

Proposed Start Time & End Time (*Must be in 1 hour blocks)

Approximate number of people expected
Will food or drinks be served?
Will food or drinks be served?

Will Alcohol be served?

Will Alcohol be served?

Additional information and/or questions

This request does NOT guarantee that your reservation is approved.  You will be notified by the City of Punta Gorda within two (2) business days to confirm your request and provide you with instruction on how to complete the rental process.  Please note rentals must be made no less than ten (10) days prior to the rental date and must be a minimum of one (1) hour between events.

If you choose to provide information on this form, unless specifically exempted by Florida Statutes, such information is a public record under Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws and available for public inspection upon demand.

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