Stewart Beach, East Beach to get $41M in improvements over the next 15 years
Two of Galveston’s most visited beaches are getting more than $41 million in improvements over the next 15 years. The Galveston Park Board of Trustees approved a plan to improve Stewart and East beaches Thursday.
The short-term and long-term changes to the beaches include bike racks, landscaping, adding a space for retail and restaurants, and a boardwalk.
“This master plan will serve as a road map for improvements that will enhance Galveston’s position as the No. 1 coastal destination in the state and ultimately broaden the island’s appeal to tourists all over the country,” said Park Board Chairman Melvin Williams in a press release.
The Galveston Park Board released details of a master plan to make improvements to Stewart Beach on Jan. 15.
Local business owners are hoping an improved beach experience will enhance their bottom line.
“Anything we can do to get more foot traffic down here has got to be good for every business around here, especially a small little shop like mine,” said Hemmingway’s Pub Owner James Cunningham. “What they are talking about being built across the street – shops, pavilions – it’ll give people something more to do than just sit (on the beach) all afternoon.”
Staff will seek funding sources for the project, and work could begin as soon as summer 2015.