Gilchrist Park
Gilchrist Park
4.5

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Mark Cangelosi
Port Charlotte, FL5 contributions
Sep 2021
For over 20 years, every Thursday night, the Punta Gorda Guitar Army has met in Gilchrist Park. Circles are formed, and both novices and professionals will play acoustic music. Bring a guitar, or just come and listen. It's magical!
Written September 28, 2021
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LEEKIM1957
Chino Hills, CA833 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Beautiful park with a spectacular harbor views and walkway. Very clean and well maintained. Plenty of parking by Fisherman's village area. There are areas for picnic and BBQ, playground, tennis courts, pickle balls courts, basketball court... Although the park is under construction for more parking, it's still open for public to enjoy the best that Florida can offer.
Written April 21, 2022
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Dave B
North Naples, FL242 contributions
Nov 2020
The park provides many options for all. First, great bike riding/walking path along the harbor providing scenic views. Basically connects the Historic district to the wharf/pier area. Tennis and pickleball courts exist. A fine enclosed children's park for families including restroom facilities.
We brought our own lawn chairs. Plenty of room for all and adequate parking.
As a bonus, we were entertained by flyovers of vintage airplanes. The grandkids and us enjoyed that!
Written November 23, 2020
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Jean W
8 contributions
Mar 2021
This park was just outside our hotel. We were able to walk all the way to Fishermen's Village, taking in a lot of sights on the way. There were benches all along the path so you could sit and rest and enjoy the harbor view.
Written March 13, 2021
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tttomf
Englewood, OH24 contributions
Jan 2021
Great place to relax and look over the Bay. Grilled out there one night and spent a couple of the afternoon's relaxing staring at the Bay. Sometimes there was entrainment in the afternoon. I played Pickleball in the morning's. They have shelter's there to get out of the sun.
Written February 4, 2021
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Laura T
Punta Gorda, FL66 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
When i first moved here three years ago Gilchrist was a lovely park where people came for picnics, to walk along the river, have family reunions, watch the sun set over Charlotte Harbor, etc. The Guitar Army used to have free concerts in the evenings once a week. Then they decided to remodel the park They tore down the restrooms and old picnic pavilions, ripped out the parking lot and a lot of the trees and bushes. They put in a new parking lot near the hotel and some along Retta Esplanade and a lovely new walkway along the river. The also put in many new palm trees. Some in the circular terrace near the gazebo. Sadly the new trees are not watered and we have had no rain so those trees are majorly stressed and look to be dying.

The very big problem is that they have not rebuilt the restrooms and a park without them is not going to get much use. I don't see people coming to the park for more than a half hour or so now, when people used to come and socialize for hours.

At one time I would have given it a Five star rating but had to deduct for that one major defect which is a pity as it is a lovely park.
Written December 6, 2017
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Randy F
North Port, FL2 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
The city recently renovated the park and destroyed the warm atmosphere! Now it is a cold concrete place that no one goes anymore. All the cute buildings have been torn down and replaced with concrete. Fire the planner!
Written November 7, 2018
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Alan H
Punta Gorda, FL26 contributions
Mar 2018
We live in Punta Gorda and often take a walk along the harbor. We often take visitors to the park especially the young ones who like the playground now that is has reopened. We liked the park the way it was before the renovations which reduced the available parking, but it is still a nice place to visit.
Written August 31, 2018
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Greg W
Punta Gorda, FL134 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
Great place for Pickleball specific courts! View is fantastic of Charlotte Harbor and the only place in town for Pickleball specific courts.
Written December 12, 2015
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Nonnieandpops
New Hope, PA302 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Every Thursday and Tuesday night, there are at least two different "pick-up" groups playing in one of the gazebos or pavilions. The music ranges from 50's to today and the singers aren't bad either.
The scenery can't be beat and what's better than kicking back listening to music and watching the sun set over Charlotte Harbor with your favorite company?
Written April 23, 2015
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