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Gulf oil spill cash to help redo Galveston Island State Park

November 6, 2018
In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2018, two campers walk down the road toward the bathroom at the Galveston Island State Park in Galveston, Texas. Officials say the Hurricane Ike-damaged park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years. (Kelsey Walling/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say Hurricane Ike-damaged Galveston Island State Park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department plans a ground-up rebuild funded by a $10 million grant awarded to the state after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Monday that new construction will include campsites with electrical hookups and furnishings, plus dune crossings and a food truck plaza.

The 94-acre (38.041-hectare) park flooded when Ike struck Galveston in September 2008. Planned renovations were announced in 2014.

Jeff Johnson, the parks department project manager overseeing the project, says the first part of the rebuild will involve ripping up roads and parking lots.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com