Photo courtesy TPWD
Galveston Island State Park in the wake of Ike

Galveston Island State Park's Makeover: Your Chance For Input

Galveston Island State Park

was ravaged by Hurricane Ike, but plans are now underway to make it, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, "a premiere destination within the Texas state park system."

Parts of the park have reopened, but the legislature has approved plans to fully renovate the place. A design firm -- MESA Design Group of Dallas, which designed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center -- has been hired.

They're looking for your input on what to build.

TPWD is asking Texans to fill out an online survey on the matter.

The online survey is one of many opportunities for citizens to share opinions and ideas about how they would like to see the park developed and what kind of recreational opportunities they would like to have. This is the first time TPWD has surveyed the public to gather input about what users would like to see included in state park design and development.

"Each year, visitors from Texas and the United States visit Galveston Island State park. Additionally, we have a group of folks that were displaced by Hurricane Ike who no longer live in the area," says Justin Rhodes, TPWD's regional director of state parks in southeast Texas. "We wanted a mechanism to secure feedback from a wide range of geographically diverse stakeholders. The online survey seemed like the best and most cost-effective way to do this."

All we demand is that the state keep that wacky modernistic arch design on the shelters It's groovy, baby.

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