Galveston Island Beaches are Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Phase III is almost complete! Begin world beach domination!  But seriously, we are SO excited about the gorgeous new stretch of beach along the Seawall!

Take a minute (01:24 to be exact!) to learn a little more about what you’ll see next time you’re on the Island!

Some quick facts:

  • Phase III covers 12th Street to 61st Street
  • More than 1 million cubic yards of sand in Phase III alone
  • Sand comes from the Galveston Ship Channel & is pumped on to shore
  • Nourishment project began in December 2014

We can’t wait to share it with you!

Spring Break on Galveston Island!

stock photo 1 (12)

It’s FINALLY here!  Check out what’s going on this week:

March 11 – Family Day at the Ocean Star Drilling Rig & Museum
Children 18 years and younger are FREE with a paying adult! This month it’s “Derrick of Distinction”  – build your own oil derrick!

March 11 & 18- Beach Exploration Guided Tour
Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. Tour activities include hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beachcombing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

March 12 & 19 – Bay Exploration Guided Tour
Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay.   Tour activities include hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance  of FoGISP volunteers.

Build-Your-Own Break!
Here are some of our favorite things to do!
– Artist Boat – Ecological Tours via kayak. Something for all skill levels!
– Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier – Fun for all ages! Rides, midway games & live music.
– The Grand 1894 Opera House – The Rob Landes Trio, 42nd Street, and more! Check out their schedule for the week

Galveston Beaches Are Growing Again!

We are excited to see Phase III up and running!  (Because really, when does more beach ≠ a good idea??)

Sand Slurry Being Pumped Onto Beach
Image Credit: Galveston.com

The last phase of this multi-year sand nourishment project is taking place along the 4 mile stretch between 12th and 61st Streets and is expected to be done by May. The sand is sourced from the Galveston Ship Channel and is moved into place by pipes and pumps.

It’s mesmerizing to watch the sandy slurry shoot out from the 36″ wide pipe – not to mention the heavy construction equipment pushing it around!  Check out this live video from Galveston.com to see just what we mean!

 

Galveston’s Beach Nourishment Going Strong

We can’t get enough of this awesome project!  There’s a huge expanse of brand new beach already open to the public, and work is continuing westward along Seawall Blvd.  Here’s a progress picture from September 17:

beachnourishment091715

We get to see the progress every morning on our way to the office, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to a Sand `N Sea vacation home soon you can always watch the progress live on the SandCam!

Galveston’s Seawall West Nourishment Project

Imagine this: You’ve just arrived somewhere in Texas with your friends and family for a weekend getaway. The sun is shining on your face, the wind is in your hair, and you’re relaxing on 725,00 new cubic yards of beach. You read that right- there’s a whole new beach in town. Where are you? Galveston Island, of course! The biggest beach reconstruction project in the history of the Island, the Seawall West Nourishment Project, is officially underway.

img_1238

How far will 725,000 cubic yards (taken from the Galveston Ship Channel) really get you? Once moved, the sand will make for 20 brand new blocks of beach between 61st Street and 81st Street. That’s 20 new blocks of sun-bathing, sea swimming, frisbee throwing, and much more! Beach access in this area is currently limited, but it’s worth the wait! You can keep track of the progress by checking out Galveston.com’s Live SandCam.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers began adding sand for the Beach Building project in August 2015 and completion is expected by late October 2015. Come enjoy the finished project this fall by planning your next Galveston getaway!