A popular Galveston destination now sports a whole new look, thanks to a much-anticipated major makeover. Galveston Island State Park reopened the park beach on June 27 after a complete renovation.
Beachgoers can expect a new park headquarters building, two new restrooms, new roads, 95 new campsites, two new change rooms and rinse showers, 20 new shade shelters in the use area daytime and seasonal equestrian daytime use. region, according to a press release.
Hikers can enjoy over five miles of hiking trails, a newly renovated nature center by the bay, two lookout towers, two boardwalks, three kayak launch sites at the bayside, a new vendor area and three new communal beachside pavilions. .
Park reservations can now be made on line on the TPWD website or by calling the Texas State Park Reservation Center at 512-389-8900. Visitors can make overnight reservations up to five months in advance; day passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.
Dubbed the Galveston Island State Park Beach Redevelopment Project, the redevelopment is being funded by $10.6 million in early restoration funds from Phase III of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment ( NRDA) from Texas administrators. The Texas Trustees is made up of organizations such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The project was launched in the summer of 2018.
“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 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 people and stakeholders made this redevelopment project a reality. With our ability to raise grant funds as well as sporting goods sales tax, Texas residents will benefit from this enhanced outdoor opportunity for years to come.