Harborwalk – MLK Jr to Laishley Park

This is another pleasant walk that can be started from the parking area at the end of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, behind the Justice Center or from Laishley Park at the end of Nesbit Street. For this entry, I will start at the MLK Jr parking area.

  

The opening to the left here leads to a boardwalk that traverses the mangroves and ends up at a sidewalk along the harbor next to the Harbor Walk condominiums.  At the far end, you will arrive at a more decorative area which includes a sculpture of palm trees which commemorate Hurricane Charley.


From there, the walk forks and you can either go up into the park toward the commercial area or walk along the harbor to the end of the marina and the fishing pier.  At the fishing pier, you can see across to another segment of the walk that goes from the Laishley Marina to the area between the US-41 bridges.

  

If you go to the left though, you will end up in Laishley Park.  This is a recreational park for children and is also used for public events like chili cookoffs, barbecue contests, etc.  Keep up with local calendars to see what all the fun is.  When there aren’t any events, you will find children playing in the interactive fountain and climbing equipment.  Lots of folks walking around or out on the fishing pier.  The interactive fountain even has a shaded sitting area to watch the kids.

   

Laishley Park is at the end of Nesbit Street.  You can either walk back the way you came or go south past the commercial part and turn left onto Retta Esplanade at the Kiwanis Veterans Memorial.  The Justice Center will be on your right and you will soon arrive back at the MLK Jr parking area.

   

If you turn right through the commercial area, you will pass the marina building with it’s murals and have another segment of Harborwalk to explore.

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Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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