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Welcome to the City of Punta Gorda Parks and Grounds Maintenance Division webpage. The Parks and Grounds Maintenance Division is made up of 10 full time employees who are responsible for the care and maintenance of 15 parks totaling approximately 100 plus acres.
The City's parks are designated as active or passive. The active parks include Gilchrist, Ponce de Leon, Laishley, Cooper Street Recreation Center, Punta Gorda Nature Park, History Park and Hounds on Henry Street. All of these parks have a combination of facilities and amenities for public use, i.e. parking lots, shelters, gazebos, restrooms, playgrounds, water fountains, decorative fountains, tennis courts, basketball courts, boat ramps, piers, observation decks, nature walks, wetlands, beaches, landscaping, gardens, signage, picnic tables and benches. Passive parks, on the other hand, have no facilities and few amenities. The City's passive parks include Brown, Elizabeth, Wilson, Shreve, Alice, Pitman and Bennett. These parks provide pretty little oases for strolling, watching the sunset, photo opportunities or just a nice quiet spot to sit and contemplate life for a while.
Besides the parks, the Parks and Grounds Maintenance Division provides care and maintenance for the grounds around City buildings, including City Hall and City Hall Annex, Public Safety Building, Public Works Complex, Warehouse and Fleet Maintenance Complex, Bayfront Center, Herald Courtyard, Fire Station II, Fire Station III. The division also maintains U.S. 41 landscaping, including mowing, from Carmelita Street to Royal Poinciana, the medians on Madrid Blvd, Monaco Drive and Marion Avenue, the entrance signs at U.S.17, Carmelita Street and Royal Poinciana, deliveries to 350 cul de sacs, all street trees and all irrigation systems.
On an annual basis, the Parks and Grounds Division, by contract, oversees mangrove trimming and exotic/nuisance plant removal programs in all City parks. Exotic plants displace native plant material, including mangroves, by growing faster and robbing natives of water, sunlight and nutrients. It is important to save our native trees and plants in order to protect our water, our fish and wildlife and our coastline.
Last but not least, the Parks and Grounds Maintenance Division is responsible for all park and decorator pole flags and banners and for holiday decorating and planting. Holiday decorating is the most fun of all our responsibilities. Each November twinkle lights, garland, snowflakes, holiday displays and poinsettias begin popping up everywhere and, around Thanksgiving, a holiday tree is installed downtown for all to enjoy.
Park Reservations - (941) 575-3352
Parks and Grounds - (941) 575-5050
3130 Cooper Street
Punta Gorda, FL. 33950
Tel. (941) 575-5050
Fax. (941) 575-5044