"Galveston Bay Park (GBP) provides long-term, multi-functional surge protection that will serve future generations. The proposed chain of constructed islands includes a vital in-bay barrier system that promises enhanced storm surge protection for the industrial complexes and densely populated areas in the west and northwest areas of the bay. Scientific models show that even with future sea level rise, the project still provides protection for the most vulnerable regions along the bay.
GBP is simultaneously an opportunity to provide a new shoreline with miles of continuous access and nearly 10,000 acres of public lands for recreation and appreciation of the bay’s ecosystem. From this base infrastructure, a whole network of activities can be planned. From horse trails, to fish camps, to bicycle trails, the protection system’s islands will become destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. In the middle of the bay, at the ship channel gate, an event center will include amphitheater seating and a floating stage. Marinas for recreational vessels will create a whole new set of places to go while out for a day on the bay.
Designed to be built in fast, implementable phases, the park plan is conceived as living infrastructure that is adaptable and expandable over time. The islands are planned to support varied habitat types, from tidal wetlands to coastal prairies. The introduction of soft tidal wetland edges along the outward edges of the barrier will protect the communities and industry of the region, but also to begin to restore the ecological vibrancy. New nesting sites for migratory birds, created oyster beds, and tidal wetlands supporting the diverse and unique wildlife of the bay are all part of the reimagined Galveston Bay."