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August 25, 2017
Hurricane Harvey hit the South Texas coast, impacting the structural integrity of many piers in the region.

April 29, 2018
Structural deficiencies are discovered.

April 30, 2018
A private engineering firm was authorized to begin an investigation on recommended actions to be taken.

May 3, 2018
In a Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee Meeting, staff reported that the pier had been closed and that the City was hoping for a temporary repair, so that the pier could remain open while a permanent plan is made. 

May 8, 2018
A private engineering firm delivered an assessment that a full rebuild is required to safely reopen the pier.

June 7, 2018
In a Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee Meeting, staff reported that the pier was not repairable.

November 6, 2018
Bond 2018 is voted on and Proposition C passes. Proposition C is for Cole Park and Dimmitt Piers Renovations & Improvements, allocating $1,288,000 in funds.

March 7, 2019
In a Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee Meeting, staff reported that many of the Cole Park Pier issues were also ADA compliance issues.

June 2019
Parks and Recreation Department conducted an online survey to gauge public opinion and received 1,388 responses.

June 12, 2019
Applications are submitted to the Texas General Land Office for additional funding to help with upfront costs.

February 3, 2020
City Manager announces design firm for Cole Park Pier project. View video summary »   Read news release » 

May 20, 2020
Cole Park Pier Update presented at Council Meeting. View video presentation here »

June 23, 2020
Motion passes authorizing Amendment No. 1 to the professional services contract with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., to provide additional professional services to furnish the design, permitting, bid documents and construction phase services for the Cole Park Pier project, located in City Council District 2, in the amount of $613,055.00 for a total revised contract value not to exceed $713,055.00, effective upon notice to proceed, with funding approved and available from Bond 2018.

Agenda Memo - Cole Park Pier »

Contract Amendment No. 1 - Cole Park Pier »

Maps - Cole Park Pier »

COF - Cole Park Pier »


December 22, 2020
Ordinance passes awarding a construction contract to JM Davidson Ltd., Aransas Park, Texas, for Cole Park Pier Improvements, located in Council District 2, in an amount not to exceed $7,542,527.00; appropriating $4,415,430.00 from the Type B Sales Tax Fund, $1,250,000.00 from the Community Enrichment Fund, and $1,877,097.00 from the General Fund unreserved fund balance (to be reimbursed to the General Fund after a deductive change order is executed) and amending the operating and capital budgets.

Cole Park Pier Improvements Presentation »

Ordinance Details »


July 2020 - October 2020
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. will work on the design of the new Pier.

April 30, 2021
Project Update: The pier demolition was completed in mid-April. The Cole Park Pier contractor, JM Davidson, has installed a total of 10 concrete support piles as of April 29th. They will continue to install these piles for the next 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions. JM Davidson will start bringing in concrete supports (3 total) that will be put in place in the next week or two. Once complete they will begin the installation and construction of the parking lot and plaza. Additionally, starting next week the contractor will also begin installing conduit and junction boxes to support new security cameras around Cole Park. As of now the project is on schedule and under budget.

May 12, 2021
Project Update: This week the contractor continued installation of both landside and bayside concrete support piles that will be used to support the new pier. Additionally, the contractor worked on the installation of new IT conduit to support new security cameras planned for the Cole Park area. Next week concrete support pile and IT conduit installation will continue, weather permitting.

May 26, 2021
Project Update: Last week despite the wet weather, the Cole Park Pier contractor was able to install two bayside concrete support piles that will be used to support the new pier. Additional supports will be installed over the coming weeks. This week, the contractor will begin the landside excavation for the plaza and parking lot as well as the underground conduit boring to support new security cameras.   

June 9, 2021
Project Update: The Cole Park Pier contractor began excavation this week on the new parking lot that will service the new Cole Park Pier Plaza. Additionally, surveyors were on site working on positing new concrete piles that were being installed. As of today 35 out of 59 piles have been installed and the project is currently 22% complete. Plaza landside work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

June 24, 2021
Project Update: This week JM Davidson completed the installation of the last 6 support piles for the pier base. All 59 supports have now been installed. The contractor will be moving on to the installation of the pier caps in coming weeks. The new pier parking lot was also worked on this week as crews installed a layer of subgrade and prepared the area to begin receiving fill next week. The project is currently 30% complete and on schedule.

July 8, 2021
Project Update: Last week, JM Davidson began transporting pile caps from their Ingleside location to the new pier. Next, the contractor will begin setting the cap collars on the piles in preparation for pier cap installation. Additionally, the installation of infrastructure to support the new security system continued at the Cole Park Amphitheater. This week’s inclement weather has delayed work on the new pier. Work will resume as soon as weather conditions allow.

July 30, 2021
Project Update: Last week, the contractor set cap 14 and began preparation for cap 13. Cap placement is set to continue in the coming weeks. In addition, site work continued for the parking lot including the grading and compacting of the curb and gutter areas. The project is currently 38% complete.

August 10, 2021
Project Update: Last week, JM Davidson continued the pile cap preparation and installation. Currently 15 of 29 caps have been installed. The pile cap preparation and installation are anticipated to continue into the coming weeks. The contractor is also working on the new parking lot and plaza. The project is currently 41% complete.

August 31, 2021
Project Update: Currently the contractor is working to install pile caps and 26 out of 29 have been installed. The curbs and gutters for the new parking lot have been completed and the parking lot will be installed in the coming weeks.  The next steps for this project include the installation of the pier’s precast panels which are set to arrive in the coming week. Once they arrive, installation will begin followed by the composite decking and handrails. As part of the Plaza construction, excavation is set to begin as is the installation of the plaza electrical. There have been some delays on the project due to rain and the freeze event, the new Anticipated completion for the project is November 2021.

September 17, 2021
Project Update: This week the contractor worked on grouting the newly installed pile caps, completed the installation of the new parking lot, completed the resurfacing of the adjoining existing parking lot and complete the new striping on the new and existing parking lots. The installation of pier concrete panels is scheduled to begin today and continue into next week.

October 7, 2021
Project Update: This week the contractor continued installation of the concrete panels along the pier and have installed 27 to date.  They also began excavation of the area that will soon house the Cole Park Pier Plaza and trenching around the new parking lot in support to the new electrical feeds associated with the new parking lot lighting.

October 21, 2021
Project Update: This week the contractor continued placing concrete forms, installing handrail supports, installing plaza canopy and archway foundations and installing electrical conduit on both sides of the pier for lighting.  The contractor has completed the plaza subgrade installation and have started preparing for the concrete placement.

November 19, 2021
Project Update: As part of the pier construction the contractor continues installation of the composite desking, handrails, pier canopies, and electrical infrastructure of the pier lighting. On the landside the stamped concrete is currently being installed on the new plaza as well as electrical work, the new concrete walking path, and the pier archway. The Cole Park Pier project is currently 91% complete and should be done by the end of the year.  

December 17, 2021
Project Update: The Cole Park Pier & Plaza is substantially complete as of December 17th. The contractor will be onsite during the next month cleaning and putting finishing touches on both the pier and plaza.