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Charlotte County Parks at a Glance

October 27, 2009
FL Guide

Ainger Creek Park

Beach Road, Englewood

473-1018

Canoeing, fishing, kayaking, restrooms

Bayshore Pier

Bayshore Road, Charlotte Harbor

625-7529

Fishing, restrooms

Bissett Park

12455 Path Ave., Punta Gorda

505-8686

Basketball, grills, horeshoes, playground, picnic area, restrooms, shuffleboard, tennis courts, visitors center

Carmalita Park

Carmalita & Florida Streets, Punta Gorda

627-1074

Baseball field, football field, inline skating, playground, picnic area,restrooms

Cedar Point Environmental Park

2300 Placida Road, Placida

Kayaking, trails, visitors center

Coral Creek Fishing Pier

Placida Road, Placida, 473-1018

Fishing

Darst Park

537 Darst Ave., Punta Gorda

639-5833

Boat ramp, canoeing, kayaking, picnic area

Deep Creek Park

Sandhill Boulevard, Punta Gorda

627-1628

Basketball, playground, picnic area, restrooms, tennis courts

Edgewater Park

22410 Glass Lane, Port Charlotte

Dog park, playground, picnic area, restrooms

El Jobean Park

4333 Kerrigan Circle, El Jobean

743-2425

Basketball, boat ramp, playground, picnic area, restrooms

Englewood Beach at Chadwick Park

2100 North Beach Road, Englewood

Picnic area

Englewood East Park

11120 Sunnydale Ave., Englewood

Basketball, grills, horeshoes, picnic area, shuffleboard

Gasparilla Piers (North & South)

Highways 775 and 771

Gilchrist Park

400 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

575-3387

Playground, picnic area, rec center

Harbor Heights Park

3350 San Marino Dr., Punta Gorda

Basketball, grills, horseshoes, playground, rec center, shuffleboard, tennis courts, volleyball

Harold Avenue Park

23400 Harold Ave., Port Charlotte

Baseball field, basketball, grills, playground, rec center, tennis courts

Hathaway Park

35461 Washington Loop Rd., Punta Gorda

Boat ramp, canoeing, kayaking, trails

Higgs Park

150 Higgs Court, Port Charlotte

Basketball, bocce ball, playground, picnic area, shuffleboard

Kiwanis Park

3100 Donora Street, Port Charlotte

575-9253

Grills, playground, picnic area, trails

Laishley Park

100 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

Boat ramp, fishing pier, walking trail, gazebo, Veteran's Memorial, picnic area, grills, restrooms

McGuire Park

32236 McGuire Avenue, Port Charlotte

Basketball, grills, horeshoes, picnic area, tennis courts

Midway Park

23023 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte

Restrooms, tennis courts

Oyster Creek Regional Park

6751 San Casa Drive, Englewood

Football field, restrooms

Placida Park

Boca Grande Causeway

Boat ramp, fishing, picnic area, restrooms, RV parking

Ponce de Leon Park

4000 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda

Boat ramps, raised boardwalk over wetland area, manmade beach, 2 fishing piers, playground, picnic area, shelter, open air chapel, restrooms

Port Charlotte Beach Park

4500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte

Beach, fishing, picnic area, rec center, snack bar, swimming

Riverside Park

Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda

Salyers Park

1333 Veronica Street, Port Charlotte

Trails

South County Park

11040 Pinetrail Road, Punta Gorda

Basketball, playground, picnic area, shuffleboard

Springlake Park

Edgewater Boulevard, Port Charlotte

Boat ramp, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, picnic area, trails

Tringali Park

3460 N. Access Road

Basketball, inline skating, picnic area, rec center, tennis courts, trails

BEACHES

Port Charlotte Beach

Port Charlotte Beach along the Peace River is highlighted by its beach complex, which features a beach club with boat ramp, a very long fishing pier, barbecue grills, a pool and sporting activities such as tennis, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes.

The white sand along the river provides a perfect place to lay in the sun and soak up some rays. The Charlotte County park complex also features a public swimming pool and a snack bar.

Across the harbor from the beach complex you will see the quaint shops and tantalizing restaurants - and the boats - of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda.

Boca Grande Beach

The Boca Grande Public Beach is often compared to Caribbean beaches and attracts beach-goers from around the world.

The State of Florida charges a $2 admission fee.

At the beach is the famous Boca Grande Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Museum, which features a look back not only at Boca Grande but the reason for the lighthouse in the first place.

From your lounge chair in the bleached-white sands, you can spot exquisite seashells and watch dolphins swim and jump freely through the lightest of green waters. The best beaches are at the far south end of Gasparilla Island, located along Gasparilla Road.

They're worth a visit, as is Amory Chapel, one of the first churches in this area. It has been restored by local residents and many functions are held there oceanside.

Gasparilla Island is located in both Charlotte and Lee counties, but the state park beach is in Lee County at the south end. If you use a public access way to the Gulf of Mexico or the bay, please respect private property rights. Lee County cleans and maintains the rights-of-way.

In downtown Punta Gorda, this waterfront area offers places to sit and watch the boats go by. You can also suntan, but as far as sand, it's not here.

(Check the playground at Gilchrist Park, other side of U.S. Highway 41.) Laishley is a waterfront area and still attracts many seekers of rays.

Englewood Beach

Beautiful Englewood Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico near the Charlotte and Sarasota County line in the city of Englewood. Here beach-goers will find great warm sand and wild sea oats growing along the dunes. A path leads to a more secluded white-sand beach that exposes trees, vegetation and wildlife.

The county has undertaken extensive renovations to modernize the facility and upgrade it to world-class resort status with many amenities.

The county-owned beach is the largest for miles around and is popular among tourists as well as visitors.

Chadwick Beach is a must for beach-lovers. Ample parking is provided, but beach-goers must pay a modest parking charge on the "honor" system.

Stump Pass Beach

Another popular Charlotte beach is Stump Pass Beach. At Stump Pass Beach, the most popular activity is just walking in the sand and the clear water, but the shallow bay side is also popular, and visitors can see many shorebirds among the mangroves.

Water lovers also can get to Stump Pass Beach via boat or personal watercraft. Water skiing is another popular sport on the bay side in "Ski Alley."

Stump Pass is part of the Gasparilla Island state park system. Call (941) 964-0375.

 
 

 

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