As a regular Galveston visitor and money spender, I want to register my frustration that the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will close Galveston Island State Park for three years. That will cost your economy millions.

We, who come and camp there, shop in Galveston for food, gas, booze, toys and medications. We go downtown to eat and party. We shop The Strand for things we really don’t need. Three years without thousands of state park campers? Seriously?

While I certainly support the renovations to my favorite state park, I'm shocked that it will take three years to complete. Is that the best they could do? Did anyone representing the businesses in Galveston protest taking the popular area off-line, and thus the visitor spending, for three years? Geez, the Empire State Building was completed in just over one year — 410 days.

Of course, there are other RV campgrounds in Galveston, but when the high cost of camping there is taken from the budgets of most of us, that leaves significantly less for local restaurants and entertainment. Galveston business loses. Doesn’t anyone care?

Reese Turner


(3) comments

Randy Chapman

Considering there is next to nothing there, I see no reason for this park to close for 3 years.

Bailey Jones

"The Beachside at Galveston Island State Park will be closed to all visitation due to renovations beginning July 15, 2019. This closure includes camping, beach access, day use, and fishing. Everything north of FM3005 will remain open. Fishing, day use, and camping will still be available on the Bayside. The park expects to reopen the area in 2022. " So, yeah - you won't be able to park your RV there, or swim at the beach, but you'll still be able to fish, bird watch, hike, mountain bike, paddle, camp, geocache, etc. There are plenty of other beaches in Galveston.

Rusty Schroeder

I'm with you Bailey, I like the Bay side much better.

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