In Galveston, Texas, one of the most common post-Hurricane Ike questions posed to the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau is: When will Dellanera RV Park reopen?
The visitors bureau may soon have some definite answers, according to The Daily News, Galveston.
The Park Board of Trustees, which owns and operates Dellanera, plans to use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money to rebuild 62 sites with full utility connections and 20 with partial connections at the park, 7 Mile Road, south of FM 3005 on the island’s west end.
The September 2008 storm ruined every slip and damaged all the concrete parking and infrastructure, including electrical and sewer, officials said.
FEMA estimated damage at $1.8 million. Before the storm, the park had 84 slips, 26 with partial connections.
While there would be fewer sites upon the park’s return, slips would be large enough to accommodate larger RVs.
The pavilion, which has been restored, will continue to include restrooms and a store. The park board also intends to build a playground for children at the site.
Last week, the Galveston City Council approved plans with several stipulations, including that landscaping and renovations be done with indigenous plants to protect the nearby dune system.
Architectural work is under way and soon will be submitted to FEMA. If approved, the park board will go out for construction bids. If all goes smoothly, the park could reopen in September, officials say. Stay tuned.