About the Park Board of Trustees

About & History

In 1963 the citizens of Galveston voted to create a specialized unit of government called the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston. The organization is responsible for overseeing Galveston’s tourism efforts, Galveston Island Beach Patrol (GIBP) and Coastal Zone Management (CZM).  The Park Board is funded primarily through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and beach user fees for the six parks that they manage. Tourism pays for tourism as no sales or property tax is collected by the Park Board.

The nine-member board is comprised of volunteer residents with diverse business backgrounds. Each is required to serve at least two years and must also serve on one of the Park Board’s advisory committees. 

The Board of Trustees and advisory committees hold meetings regularly following all requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act. 

Meeting Calendar

Requests to address the Board or Committees

The public shall be allowed to provide comments to the Board and Committees regarding one or more agenda or non agenda item. All requests must be submitted in writing and can be presented to the Board/Committee reporter at the meeting or by completing the Public Comment Form.


To create a tourist destination that promises an exciting variety of experiences and a high quality of life for residents.


To promote and support tourism on Galveston Island in order to foster an environment that establishes a great place to live, work and visit.

Budget Information

View the budget information for the Park Board of Trustees including the annual budgets and budget audits.