Historic Galveston Water & Electric Light Community Center

Galveston Water and Electric Light Community CenterThe Historic Galveston Water and Electric Light Community Center, located at 715 30th Street, was originally constructed in 1904 and replaced the building that was destroyed by the 1900 storm. The building originally housed the City’s water pump, electricity generator and horse-drawn fire department. The pump station was decommissioned in 2010 with the construction of the new 30th street pump station located adjacent to the site. 

Prior to the decommissioning of the building in 2010, it was the oldest functioning municipal waterworks plant in the United States. As a result of the devastation from Hurricane Ike in 2008, the City was awarded funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to restore the facility for use as a community center that is located in the heart of the Cedars at Carver Park mixed income multi-family community. With the completion of the renovations to the facility, the community center conforms to all current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The renovations to the facility were completed in December 2020.

The Community Center is managed by the City of Galveston Parks and Recreation Department. The Community Center is available to all residents in the Cedars at Carver Park community for community events. In addition, the community center is available for event rental, subject to availability approval.

Community Use:

The Community Center is available to all residents free of charge on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m for community events. However, use of the community center must be booked at least 10 days in advance of the event.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Neighborhood meetings
  • Neighborhood Events
  • National Night Out
  • Disaster distribution center
  • Disaster Recovery Center
  • Citizen Warming/Cooling Center
  • Voting
  • Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness meetings
  • Recreation programs
    1. Arts & Crafts -Seniors -Adults – Children
    2. Senior Exercise programs
    3. Bingo

If you're interested in using the space for a community (non-profit) event, please fill out the form below and a staff member will contact you. Please note, the form must be completed at least 10 days in advance of the event and the reservation is not guaranteed until you have been contacted by a staff member confirming availability and approval from the department director. 

Private Use:

The Community Center is available to rent for private events, subject to availability. Use of the community center must be booked at least 10 days in advance of the event and executed rental agreement most be completed & fees paid prior to the event. Fees include a Use Fee ($1,500.00), a Clean-up Fee ($500.00) and a Staff Fee (Regular rate of pay for at least 1 staff member).

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Private Events
  • Weddings
  • Birthday Parties

If you're interested in using the space for an event, please fill out the following form and a staff member will contact you. Please note, the form must be completed at least 10 days in advance of the event and the reservation is not guaranteed until you have been contacted by a staff member confirming availability and approval from the department director. 

For additional information or questions regarding the Community Center, please contact Stormy Collins at (409) 797-3711 or ACollins@GalvestonTX.gov or Megan Pierce at (409) 797-3705 or MPierce@GalvestonTX.gov.

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