TPWD decided to revamp the area after Hurricane Ike hit and damaged the park in 2008. The Galveston Island State Park beach redevelopment project was completed with $10.6 million in Early Restoration Funds from the Texas Trustees’ Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Phase III.

Improvements to the park include a new park headquarters building, two new restrooms and the renovation of an existing restroom, according to the release released Wednesday, June 22. It will also have new roads, 95 new campsites, two new changing rooms and rinse-off showers, as well as 20 new shade shelters in the day-use area and a seasonal equestrian day-use area.

Improvements come after Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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There will be over five miles of hiking trails, a newly renovated bayside nature center, two lookout towers, two boardwalks, three bayside kayak launch sites, a new vendors and three new beachside group use pavilions. .

“The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife is very pleased to be able to reopen such a popular park on the Texas coast,” Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks, said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our State Parks team, TPWD partner divisions, numerous volunteers, as well as our partnership with the NRDA Administrators Implementation Group. The commitment and dedication of countless individuals and stakeholders have made this redevelopment project a reality.Through our ability to raise grant funds as well as Sporting Goods Sales Tax, the people of Texas will benefit from this full opportunity. improved look for years to come.”

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