GALVESTON, TX – May 12, 2021 –The City of Galveston will have additional public safety measures in place with a large event planned for neighboring Bolivar Peninsula.
The annual Jeep Weekend returns to Crystal Beach this Saturday. While the event takes place on Bolivar Peninsula, the island often receives additional traffic as a result.
The City is planning for this increased traffic with additional public safety measures, including lighting along the Seawall and no parking zones at Fort San Jacinto at the east end of the Seawall and Diamond Beach at the west end.
As public safety needs dictate, there may be temporary closures of parking areas along the seawall to ensure the access of emergency vehicles and access for public safety staff. There will be additional temporary free parking spaces along the south side of the Seawall to make up for the free parking areas that are blocked on the north side of the Seawall.
Beginning Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16, parking will be restricted at Diamond Beach on the western terminus of the Seawall and at Fort San Jacinto on the eastern end.
Please bear in mind that in paid parking areas Seawall parking fees have increased to $2 per hour, and paid parking is enforced between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. We have annual passes available on the PayByPhone app for $45 for the year as an affordable option if you're a resident or staying a while.
The Park Board also offers annual passes, which cover a greater area, including the beach parks. A $50 beach parks pass provides for admission to Stewart Beach, East Beach, Dellanera and pocket parks on the island’s west end. An Ultimate Beach Pass combines admission to seawall parking and beach parks and costs $95. These passes are currently available and may be purchased at the beach parks or at the Park Board offices located at 601 23rd Street.
There are also paid parking areas downtown. In paid spaces, downtown parking is $1.50 an hour, and enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drivers displaying handicap placards or disabled veterans are exempt from paid parking fees.
Remember that alcohol is not allowed on most Galveston beaches and littering is prohibited.
Additionally, a city ordinance (No 19-017 Secs 8-27) prohibits leaving umbrellas or beach set-ups on the sand overnight, so please don't leave any items, including umbrellas or lawn chairs as they will be discarded. More than 120 bollard signs have been placed along the beachfront to inform beachgoers about the ordinance, which is intended to protect aquatic animals and keep Galveston beaches clean.
As always, practice beach safety by observing the flag system posted by the lifeguards to determine water conditions and swim near a lifeguard whenever possible.