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Parkside CRA

About the CRA

ParksideOn Sept. 21, 2010, the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 2010-082 to designate Parkside as a Community Redevelopment Area. Several public meetings were conducted with more than 100 Parkside residents in attendance at each meeting. As a result of those meetings, the Citizens' Master Plan was written and adopted on Aug. 16, 2011. This Master Plan records the vision of the residents, prescribes actions that will be taken to revitalize the area, and provides guidance for plan initiatives.

Public Purpose Statement: Parkside is a community that celebrates and promotes active, healthy living throughout all of life’s stages. It is a place that promotes a sense of community and celebration. It is a great destination; a great place to live, work and play.

The following objectives will help to make this vision real. The district is to be:

  • Safe and Attractive
  • Known for Great Public Spaces
  • Livable and Walkable
  • An Identifiable Destination
  • Urban in Character
  • Fostering Community
  • Supporting Sustainable Economic Growth

Recent Developments

Charlotte County Family Services Center - Phase 1 of construction of the Charlotte County Family Services Center was completed in March 2022. This new 17,000 square foot facility replaces the previous facility on Gibralter Drive and is a collaboration among government and non-profit agencies to provide an integrated service delivery system to the community. The facility houses various services such as Boys & Girls Club, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Drug Free Charlotte County, United Way, and many others. Construction of Phase 2 is still underway. This project has a budget of $10,900,000 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2024. For project status updates, click here. For more information about the services offered at the Family Services Center, click here.

Lake Betty Park Renovations - Lake Betty Park is scheduled for significant improvements in the near future. Planned for the site include features such as a new playground area, obstacle course, new and improved picnic shelters, parking lot pavement, site lighting, walkways, a restroom facility, and landscaping.
Current project status:  Planning and design
Project Information and Concept Plan:  Click here

Completed Projects

Gertrude and Aaron Street Improvements / Olean Boulevard - In cooperation with Charlotte County Utilities, multi-use paths, streetlights, and landscaping construction and installation is complete along Gertrude Avenue from Caring Way to Aaron and on Aaron Street from Caring Way to Harbor Boulevard. These enhancements are consistent with the Parkside Master Trails and Greenways Plan and the Streetlighting Guide. Charlotte County Utilities has replaced water and sewer lines as a component of this project. The project was constructed in coordination with the widening of Olean Boulevard.

Renovation of McGuire Park - The McGuire Park Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was on October 11, 2018. Improvements to the park were based on public input received at community meetings. These include the construction of a new splash pad, basketball court area, shade canopies, and a new restroom facility. For more information on McGuire Park, click here.
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Harbor Boulevard - Construction of improvements and enhancements to Harbor Boulevard were completed in the fall of 2019. This project has had a huge impact on the Parkside area. Included in the project were landscaping and lighting enhancements, roadway widening, addition of multi-use paths, pedestrian safety features, and comfort amenities. View conceptual design plans.

West Tarpon and Ambrose – In the summer of 2017, Charlotte County Utilities completed the installation of new water and sewer lines along West Tarpon Boulevard from US-41 to Ambrose Lane and on Ambrose from West Tarpon to Elkcam Boulevard. Parkside CRA coordinated with Charlotte County Utilities to install multi-use paths along both of these streets to further implement the Master Trails and Greenway Plan.

Parkside CRA Information

Parkside Revitalization Plan - Three community meetings were held to discuss the draft Revitalization Plan. The intent of the Revitalization Plan is to implement the vision of the Citizen's Master Plan by setting goals, objectives, and policies for the future development within the Parkside Community Redevelopment Area. The following link discusses Parkside beginning on Page 5: Revitalization Plan

Opportunity Zone - Did you know that a Federally designated Opportunity Zone is located within Parkside CRA? This can create exciting opportunities for private investments in the area. For more information on Opportunity Zones, see the links below:

Port Charlotte Cultural Center - Due to damages from Hurricane Ian in September 2022, most areas of the Port Charlotte Cultural Center are closed indefinitely.  Updates about the status of the facility will be posted as more information becomes available.

Parkside CRA Data Dashboard:  Access key demographics, business, and housing data through the interactive data dashboard.

Interactive Boundary Map:

Administrative Information

Budget and Financial Information

Charlotte County Fiscal Years begin on October 1 and end September 30.


Registered Agent:
Hector Flores, Executive Director - Parkside CRA
18500 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, Florida 33948

Phone:  (941) 743-1944

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