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Gardner's Park Community Association

This group is organized through a concerted effort of improvement by private and commercial property and business owners. We reside in a historically significant portion of the city. Named after the second Mayor of the City of Fort Myers, Rev. William P. Gardner, the Gardner Subdivision retains many of the early structures that where built in his time.

It was home to his family's 22 acre farm growing and canning guava, lemons and sweet potatoes just to name a few. Our hope is to focus on his families success and share this magnificent history by celebrating their achievements. Arriving to Fort Myers in 1885, the Gardner Family purchased twenty-four acres in the heart of the City of Fort Myers. Some of the only 332 residents, they engaged in fruit growing and established the Seminole Canning Company. This became their guava canning factory, canning guavas and making fruit conserves, jellies and marmalade's.

The Gardner's provided the finances for the first electric lighting plant. Electric Lights were turned on January, 1898. The following day, January 2nd, William Philbrick Gardner passed away, having lived to see his important local utility plant into successful operation. In 1901, the family put into operation the first ice manufacturing plant. They called the operation Electric Light & Ice Plant.

Rev. Gardner's family, R.H. Gardner, Son Albertus Alphonso and Daughter Miranda Melvina went on to change Fort Myers and Southwest Florida for many years to come, including achievements in combating fire prevention and water supply. Our merchants reside throughout Gardner's Park of the Downtown Fort Myers River District. We would like to thank the Gardner's and many other influential settlers that made the City of Fort Myers what it is today.

Gardner's Park Meetup Group is an group of business and property owners in Downtown Fort Myers. Discussion tabs allow us to post ideas, present information and organize meetings. There are many fantastically talented people throughout our section of the city. Join our meetup and get connected to people eager to make a difference for a better place to live, work and play.

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Website: GardnersPark.com (http://www.gardnerspark.com/home.html)

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