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.
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.
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.
Master Planning Documents
- • Beach Parks Master Plan -- East Beach Beach - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- • Beach Parks Master Plan - - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- • Beach Parks Master Plan -- Stewart Beach - March 18 2015 (PDF)
- • East End Lagoon -- Guiding Principals Document - February 14 2011
- • East End Lagoon -- Phase 1A Site Plan & Initial Rendering
- • Seawolf Park Master Plan - November 20 2014 (PDF)