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Located at 400 W. Retta Esplanade in historic Punta Gorda, Gilchrist Park contains 11 acres stretched along the waterfront between the downtown and Fishermen’s Village

Gilchrist Park provides sweeping views of the Charlotte Harbor.  Park amenities include a large playground; basketball, tennis and pickleball courts; fishing pier, gazebo, picnic pavilions, and lost of open green space.. 

Smaller events including weddings, craft shows and impromptu concerts known as Guitar Army every Tuesday and Thursday evening are held in the park as well. 

The park is named for Governor Albert Gilchrist, a real estate broker, surveyor, and political leader and one of the founding fathers of the City.  Governor Gilchrist was well loved in Punta Gorda with a lifetime of public service first on City Council, then in the State Legislature culminating as Governor of Florida from 1909 to 1913.  Always a community benefactor, Governor Gilchirst in his will established a $5,000 endowment to the City for the provision of ice cream to all the children of Punta Gorda on Halloween.  This tradition continues annually with the assistance of many community partners.

Also located within the park is the Bayfront Center operated by the YMCA of Charlotte County.  This facility hosts YMCA programs including a sailing center.  This waterfront facility is also available for event rental through the YMCA.

Other City Parks & Facilities

 
Facility NameAddress
Alice Park802 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Alligator Creek Park5625 Taylor Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Bailey Brothers Park361 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Baker ParkCorner of E Charlotte Ave & Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Bayfront Center750 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Breakers/Brown ParkBreakers Court
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Cooper Street Recreation Center650 Mary Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Elizabeth Park & Wilson ParkWest Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda , FL 33981
Gilchrist Park1000 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Government Center126 Harvey Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Herald Court PlazaHerald Court
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
History Park501 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Hounds on HenryWest Henry Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Laishley ParkNesbit Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
Nature Park1555 Aqui Esta Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Pittman ParkWest Retta Esplanade
Putna Gorda, FL 33950
Ponce de Leon ParkPonce de Leon Parkway
Punta Gorda , FL 33950
Sculpture ParkCorner of Henry & West Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Shreve Park1030 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Trabue ParkPatti Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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