It’s Costing More To Park At Some Galveston Beaches

Park officials say they’re trying to raise money to make needed improvements.

The entrance to Stewart Beach in Galveston
The entrance and pay station to Stewart Beach in Galveston.

The old rate was $8.00 a day to park at Galveston's East Beach and Stewart Beach. Now visitors will have to shell out a little more. The new parking rates are $12.00 on weekdays and $15.00 on weekends.

Spokeswoman Mary Beth Bassett says the Galveston Park Board wants to raise funds for long-term improvements from parking fees that have stayed the same since 2004.

"We want to become more of a regional and national destination," Bassett says. "And we think that raising the bar will get us to that point."

But to get there, Bassett says need to do a lot of work.

They'd like to make about $40 million in upgrades over the next ten years. That includes things like new pavilions and boardwalks. They also have to bring in sand to fight beach erosion.

"So it's going to be a slow process but we have a plan in place and we know where we can start," Bassett adds. "We have short-term goals and long-term goals laid out. And as our revenue increases we'll be able to make incremental changes and improvements."

Bassett says the parking prices will drop after Labor Day to $10.00 on weekdays and $12.00 on weekends.


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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