Galveston Beaches will be closed July 3-5, 2020
For the health and safety of visitors and employees, the Galveston Park Board has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks. Among the procedures put in place are cleaning bathroom surfaces and high touchpoint areas on an hourly basis, increasing the frequency of trash removal, and sanitizing park equipment daily. In addition, measures have been taken to ensure proper social distancing in queues and at public gathering places.



The Galveston Park Board of Trustees is a non-profit government entity created by the Texas Legislature in 1962 for the purpose of directing all of Galveston’s tourism efforts. The Park Board oversees beach maintenance, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. The organization is funded solely by Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue and beach-user fees and receives no property or sales tax.

Park Board Departments

Tourism Development – The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of Galveston Island and works to generate tourism within the leisure, meetings and convention, and group travel markets.

Beach Patrol – The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is a state certified, first response agency employing more than 100 lifeguards, senior guards, supervisors and peace officers. 

Coastal Zone Management – The Park Board’s Coastal Zone Management department operates the island’s public beach parks, including Stewart Beach, R.A. Apffel Park, Dellanera RV Park, Seawolf Park, and the West End Pocket Parks as well as Seawall beaches between 10th and 61st streets. The department provides litter control and seaweed removal services at these parks and provides debris removal as needed along the entire Galveston coast.

Beach Park Updates

R.A. Apffel Park (East Beach) received a $1.6 million renovation in early 2013 including reconstruction of the East Beach pavilion, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The new pavilion includes concessions, a boardwalk and an entertainment stage. 

Dellanera RV Park is now home to a new playground. The $39,365 playground equipment replaced the playground that once stood at Dellanera before Hurricane Ike.

Best Deal in Town! If you visit the beach parks regularly, pick-up an annual parking pass for $50 which includes year-round admission to all Park Board managed facilities. Call 409.797.5151 for more information.

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Administrative offices are located at 601 Tremont Street (corner of 23rd & Church) 409.797.5151.

Map: 601 Tremont Street

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