picture of the laishley park marriage point along the harbor with palm trees
Veterans park gazebo and lake
picture of the gilchrist gazebo along the harbor
picture of the gilchrist ponce de leon statue along the harbor
Wedding tent at Laishley park in the evening with guest in attendence.
Picnic area under shade tree along harbor at Gilchrest Park.
Charlotte Harbor sunset orange sky
Tree along harbor at Gilchrest Park
Gathering of people under Laishley Gazebo

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 (except in Gilchrist Park Playground), 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
  • No additional tables or chairs allowed in Gilchrist Park Playground

 The rules noted below are specific to the Playground Pavilion (all above Rules and Regulations still apply)

  • No Alcohol or Glass containers are allowed
  • No additional tables, chairs, or other items are permitted in the playground area
  • All activities shall be contained within the pavilion boundary area that has been rented
  • The playground WILL remain open to the public at all times

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. 

City Park Rental Fees

Park Rental Agreement Request

Park Facilities