Improvements to Galveston’s Interior State Park include a new park headquarters building, two new restrooms and the renovation of an existing restroom, new roads, 95 new campsites, two new change rooms and flushing showers, 20 new shade shelters in the day-use area, and a seasonal equestrian day-use area. In addition, 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 vendor area and three new beachside group use pavilions.

Galveston Island State Park is reopening the park’s beach on June 27 after completing a major redevelopment project that began in the summer of 2019. The Galveston Island State Park Beach redevelopment project was achieved through $10.6 million in Deep water horizon Texas Trustees Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Phase III Early Restoration Fund.

“The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is very pleased to be able to reopen such a popular park on the Texas coast,” said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. “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.

Improvements to the park include a new park headquarters building, two new restrooms and the renovation of an existing restroom, new roads, 95 new campgrounds, two new changing rooms and flushing showers, 20 new shelters shade in the day-use area and a seasonal equestrian day-use area.

In addition, 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 vendor area and three new beachside group use pavilions.

“In 2008, Hurricane Ike impacted families and individuals across the upper Texas coast,” said Kody Waters, acting superintendent of Galveston Island State Park. “After Galveston Island State Park was damaged during the storm, we were able to temporarily reopen while this larger scale project was planned. It’s been a while in coming, and I couldn’t be more excited that the public can once again experience the park to the fullest.

Reservations for Texas State Park can now be made online anytime or by calling the Texas State Park Reservation Center at 512-389-8900 weekdays during regular business hours or anytime. moment online on the TPWD website. Overnight reservations can be made up to five months in advance and day passes can be booked up to 30 days in advance. If your plans change, please amend or cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow someone else to enjoy the park as we expect the park to reach capacity limits.

Texas administrators include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

For more information on ongoing restoration efforts in Texas, visit https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/texas.

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