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Galveston County
Galveston Park Board of Trustees
News Release
Friday, November 03, 2017

Park Board Qualifies for Federal Consideration of Two Major Projects Totaling $10.4 million

 

As the next step in the on-going competitive process to secure RESTORE funding, TCEQ Commissioner Baker has submitted the Texas Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP) to the Department of Treasury (Treasury) for their acceptance. Two of the 26 projects included in the MIP were submitted on behalf of Galveston Island by the Park Board of Trustees in favor of seawall beaches and the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve.

 

Babe's Beach
$9,000,000 was requested and supported by TCEQ for the continued use of beneficial dredge from the Galveston ship channel to further Babe's Beach. If successful, this funding will leverage an additional estimated $38,800,000 of State and Federal resources with an aim to place up to 1,000,000 cu. yds. of sand along the seawall from 61st to 81st in 2019. The effort to use dredge material from on-going maintenance of the ship channel is the basis of a collaborative relationship between the US Army Corp of Engineers Galveston District, Texas General Land Office and the Park Board and City of Galveston. The US ACE mines significant volumes of beach quality sand every 18-24 months from the Galveston ship channel. Traditionally this material has been deposited off shore. In 2015, the partners successfully redirected dredge material to the seawall, laying the base for what is today called "Babe's Beach.” The $38,800,000 of additional funding comes mostly from the US ACE maintenance budget and represents the cost of dredging sand. These costs will be incurred whether the sand is placed on the seawall or in open ocean. The award of the RESTORE funding would help pay the incremental cost of placing the material on the seawall as opposed to depositing in open ocean.

 

East End Lagoon Nature Preserve
A request for $1.479,411 was supported by TCEQ for the continued development of the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve site as an eco-tourism destination. The project envisions the construction of an elevated 2,900 sq ft. open air pavilion with tables and benches, restrooms, ADA ramp, parking, signage and interpretative nature trails. Located at the eastern end of the seawall off Boddekker Dr, the site is popular with fishermen and birders, but offers limited facilities. The 5 phase master plan was developed by AECOM for the City of Galveston in 2011 with the goal of developing the site for nature tourism based activities, while protecting and restoring natural resources and enhancing the visitor experience. The East End Lagoon Committee of the Park Board of Trustees engaged local architect Bob Randall and Associates for the design of the project which is ready for construction once funds are approved. For additional information on these and other recommended projects, check out
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