Stewart Beach Projects
A New Pavilion for Stewart Beach
At the March 27, 2018 Park Board of Trustees meeting, a concept report and drawings for a new pavilion at Stewart Beach were presented by Rogers Partners as their final deliverable from work that began in June 2017. Their presentation provided for the style of the building, potential materials and the overall functional aspects of the program; including park operations, beach patrol operations, meeting and gathering areas and potential revenue generating areas to offset the operations and maintenance of the facility.
The Trustees unanimously moved to approve the concept report and drawings as they relate to the style, materials and programming for a new pavilion at Stewart Beach. This endorsement has allowed staff to continue moving forward with an operations, maintenance and revenue assessment in comparison to an initial construction cost estimate.
Currently, staff has been tasked with finding and assessing funding sources for the Stewart Beach Pavilion and the Drainage Assessment recommendations in the current fiscal year.
As the Park Board works with our partners, the Texas General Land Office and the City of Galveston, public input will be integral in the visioning process. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions, and would love to invite every member of the public to have a seat at the table during upcoming discussions by providing your feedback about the project below:
How does the vision for this project fit in to the 2015 Master Plan?In 2015, the Park Board of Trustees commissioned the creation of a Beach Park Master Plan with a primary focus on the two largest parks, East Beach and Stewart Beach Park. Master Plans, historically, are meant to be visioning documents that are essentially a spring board for future planning.
During the 2015 Master Planning process the replacement of the Pavilion, along with multiple other structures, was identified as a need. Over the last three years the Island has seen significant growth in tourism.
With the continued efforts by the City to improve our infrastructure and the significant investments being made on our island by the Texas General Land Office, the vision has grown as we look to what the future holds for Galveston. The structures have been combined, the footprint has expanded, and the facility is aimed at attracting our target visitor while serving the local community for years to come.