Spring Break has business preparing for busy week
It’s time again to pull your swim gear out of storage and make plans to head to the beach.
Beginning March 2, Galveston’s public beach parks will be open for the 2013 beach season, offering special amenities to help visitors enjoy outdoor activities on the sand.
R.A. Apffel Park – most widely known as East Beach – will offer beachgoers some extra perks this year after undergoing a $1.6 million renovation. The park is now home to a brand new pavilion, featuring concessions and a boardwalk. An entertainment stage with an open seating area will be complete by mid-March.
To celebrate the park’s makeover, East Beach will host a free, live concert series this beach season. The series will kick off during Spring Break with live music from 1-4 p.m. on March 10 and 17. Concerts will continue May through September on second, third and fourth Sundays. East beach is an alcohol permitted beach and visitors can take advantage of its many amenities including chair and umbrella rentals, fresh made tamales, hot dogs and frozen novelties.
Stewart Beach will also open March 2, offering a family-friendly environment where alcohol is not permitted. Stewart Beach also offers a variety of special amenities, including a waterslide, volleyball courts, umbrella and chair rentals, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers.
Those seeking a quaint and quiet beach getaway can experience the natural beauty of Galveston’s three Beach Pocket Parks located on the island's West End.
Admission into East Beach, Stewart Beach and the West End Beach Pocket Parks is $8 per vehicle. For more details, visit www.galveston.com/beachparks.
The island’s public beach parks are managed by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. The board also manages the beaches along Seawall Boulevard, between 10th and 61st Street. Galveston’s Seawall beaches are open year-round.
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