Alva, Florida is home to a unique historical, rural, and agricultural ambiance that is quickly dwindling in this age of development. Alva was founded in 1887 making it the oldest settlement in Lee County. This quaint town is located on the picturesque Caloosahatchee River and earned its name from the first settler, Captain Peter Nelson. He called his town "Alva,” naming it after the small white flowers growing along a bank of the same name in his native country of Denmark.
Captain Nelson was instrumental in the forming of Alva, and laid much of the framework of what the town would one day become. Alva maintains that charm today, providing residents with the small town feeling that is becoming difficult to find in Florida. From the extraordinary Caloosahatchee River sunsets to the extensive citrus groves, cattle and horses pastures, and regal oaks, laden with moss, Alva truly epitomizes small village life moments from the sight and sounds of Fort Myers.
The Charleston Park Community Center was renovated by the Lee County Dept. of Human Services, Neighborhood Building Program in 1994 for use as a Daycare center. It is also utilized as a meeting location for several community groups. In June 2005, Lee County Parks & Recreation partnered with Lee County Human Services to provide summer camp and after school programming for elementary aged children. *Funding provided by LCHS.