Status: NRDA Grant Funding Pending
In November 2016, the city purchased a 3.9 acre piece of property between Joe’s Bayou Boat Launch and the Mattie Kelly Pier and Nature Walk. The property was formerly owned by the concrete company, CEMEX. In December 2016, staff submitted a grant application for Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Restoration Project) funds for this area known Joe’s Bayou Recreational Area.
The grant request includes: (1) Develop an updated Master Plan that integrates all the recreational elements and infrastructure to maximize public access and recreational experiences, as well as restore and enhance the coastal environment and surrounding waters. (2) Restore the CEMEX property by removing the existing gravel and replace with native Zone 2 white sand. (3) Construct both the infrastructure and environmental improvements based on the updated Master Plan.
Additionally, the project would accomplish the following goals: