The beach side of Galveston Island State Park reopened Monday with new campsites and amenities — a renovation that lasted years after Hurricane Ike damaged structures there in 2018.

Texas Parks and Wildlife said the beach side of the park reopened on Monday and is now open for reservations for day use and overnight camping.

Additions include 95 campsites, 20 shaded shelters for day use, an equestrian area and a park headquarters building, as well as new restrooms, roads and change rooms.

There are also five miles of hiking trails, lookout towers, boardwalks, kayak launches, and a renovated nature center.

“The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) 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 a press release. .

After storm surge from Ike severely damaged the park, the park temporarily reopened “while this larger-scale project was planned,” said Kody Waters, acting superintendent of Galveston Island State Park. , in the press release.

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The redevelopment project officially started in the summer of 2019.

The statement said the renovations were made possible by $10.6 million from Deepwater Horizon’s natural resource damage assessment funds.

“It’s been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be more excited for the public to experience the park to the fullest again,” Waters said in the statement.

Reservations are made by clicking here or by calling the Texas State Park Reservation Center at 512-389-8900.

Camping on the beach at Galveston Island State Park (Photo credit: Nieco Payton)
Galveston Island State Park Beach Headquarters (Photo credit: Nieco Payton)
Seating on the beach access boardwalk at Galveston Island State Park (Image courtesy of TPWD, Photo Credit: Nieco Payton)
Outdoor showers and changing rooms at Galveston Island State Park (Photo credit: Nieco Payton)
Beach Tent Mat at Galveston Island State Park (Photo credit: Nieco Payton)
Galveston Island State Park (Courtesy of TPWD)
Camping on the beach at Galveston Island State Park. (Nieco Payton via TPWD)
Seating on the boardwalk at Galveston Island State Park. (Nieco Payton via TPWD)

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