As part of a long-term strategy to be good stewards of the coastal environment while protecting Galveston’s No. 1 tourism asset, the Park Board periodically takes on special projects aimed at improving recreational experiences at Galveston’s beaches, preventing the erosion of Galveston’s shoreline and reducing the long-term cost of beach maintenance. These projects are guided by the Park Board’s recently adopted strategic sand management plan as well as master plans for Galveston’s beach parks.
Galveston is poised to receive $10 million in funds for two ambitious projects that will enhance the East End Lagoon (EEL) and keep our beaches healthy.
In December, two Park Board projects – a pavilion at the EEL and a beach nourishment project – were two of the twenty-six projects included in the Texas’ Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP), for the RESTORE program, accepted by U.S. Department of Treasury.
Governor Abbott and Commissioner Baker can now begin submitting grant applications for projects based on available funding. What order the projects will be submitted is up to the discretion of the above mentioned offices.
“Galveston Beneficial Dredge”
The beach nourishment project is eligible to receive $4.5 million for the upcoming 2019 beneficial use of dredge material (BUDM) project. The project has a tentative construction start date of January 2019, which requires all funds be secured and available no later than August 2018. The total project cost is approximately $24 million dollars, which includes the $9 million local contribution of which the RESTORE dollars make up half. Remaining matching funds will be provided by the City of Galveston and Texas General Land Office. If the funds are not available in time the project most likely will not be constructed, passing up an opportunity to replicate a project done in 2015 that placed 629,000 cubic yards of sand along Seawall Blvd., which resulted in the creation of nearly one mile of new beach.
“East End Lagoon Phase 1A”
The East End Lagoon pavilion project could receive $1.4 million for the development of an elevated open-air pavilion with tables and benches, restrooms, an ADA-compliant “experience pier,” parking, signage, landscaping and interpretive nature trails. The project protects habitat, preserves the ecosystem, diversifies tourism, and promotes economic and ecologic resiliency. Architectural and Engineering plans have been developed and the Park Board currently holds a building permit to construct this wonderful amenity for the area. In other words, we are ‘shovel ready’ and simply need approval from the Governor’s office. The view and educational opportunities from this pavilion will be a major asset for the Texas coast.
2016-2017 Phase III Beach Nourishment: Seawall East
In October 2016, the Park Board began a $19.5 million beach nourishment project that will replenish and expand seawall beaches from 12th to 61st streets. The project, to be completed during the spring of 2017, was brought about by a partnership with the Park Board, the City of Galveston’s Industrial Development Corp., the Texas General Land Office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
More Information on the Project
2015 Phase II Beach Nourishment: Seawall West
In November 2015, the Park Board unveiled 15 blocks of new beach along the seawall west of 61st Street. The new beach area, named Babe’s Beach after former Texas Rep. A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, was the result of a $23 million investment and collaborative effort sponsored by the Park Board, City of Galveston and Texas General Land Office with support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association named Babe’s Beach one of 2015’s top five Best Restored Beaches in America.
2015 Phase I Beach Nourishment: End of Seawall/Dellanera RV Park
During the spring of 2015, the Park Board unveiled a half-mile of newly nourished beach west of the seawall at Dellanera R.V. Park. The $4.5 million project placed 118,000 cubic yards of sand on the shore, creating an expanded beach and protective dune.
- Beach Parks Master Plan -- East Beach - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- Beach Parks Master Plan -- Stewart Beach - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- Beach Parks Master Plan - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- Seawolf Park Master Plan - November 20 2014 (PDF)
- East End Lagoon -- Guiding Principals Document - February 14 2011 (PDF)
- East End Lagoon -- Phase 1A Site Plan & Initial Rendering (PDF)