Galveston Beach Pavilion Destroyed By Ike Reopens This Weekend

Photo credit: Galveston.com, March 2013
There are big festivities this weekend as a Galveston landmark reopens to the public.

The East Beach Pavilion was totally destroyed when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2008. But thanks to FEMA funds, the pavilion has been rebuilt, along with a boardwalk, an entertainment stage, and space for food vendors. The total cost is around $1.6 million.

Leah Cast is with the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau says there's a lot for beachgoers to enjoy.

"We'll have concerts at East Beach every single Sunday throughout the summer. This is an added-value experience that they wouldn't have had before the storm."

And Cast hopes the new pavilion will help increase momentum as Galveston works to rebuild its tourism base.

"Last year the island experienced its best tourism season on record in terms of hotel occupancy and revenues, so we're really going upward and we hoping the improvements at the beach parks will continue to add to that momentum."

The East Beach Pavilion officially reopens Saturday. There's music and games during the day, and a bonfire and fireworks show at dusk. 

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