Joe's Bayou Recreation Area

Status: NRDA Grant Funding Pending
Estimated Completion:

Joes Bayou Recreation Area

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: 

  1. Enhance public access to natural resources for recreational use (such as fishing and boating with a combination of ecological restoration and creation of infrastructure, access and use opportunities). 
  2. Enhance recreational experiences. 
  3. Promote environmental stewardship and education. 
  4. Create, restore and enhance coastal wetlands. 
  5. Restore oyster bed habitat.
  6. Enhance submerged aquatic vegetation.