New park opens on Port Charlotte waterfront

Posted at 8:55 AM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 08:55:58-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- An area of Charlotte County once known as a homeless hangout has been completely revitalized and turned into a brand new public park.

The area now known as Live Oak Point Park sits at the base of the U.S. 41 bridge on the Port Charlotte side of the Peace River. The project included a new seawall, a promenade, restrooms, and a boat launch for kayaks and canoes.

But this is just Phase One of a project that's also meant to improve pedestrian access.  "We have some boardwalks that are planned to go underneath the bridge, and that will lead you to the west side of U.S. 41.  And then you'll be able to connect to that sidewalk system and be able to go to Bayshore Live Oak Park, which is another beautiful facility here in the county," says Debrah Forester, Charlotte County's redevelopment manager.

This project was funded partially through the Florida Department of Transportation.  The next phases will be paid for through the penny sales tax initiative.