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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 Dimmit 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.

December 2020 - June 2021
Demolition of the existing pier and construction of the new Cole Park Pier is scheduled to begin.

Summer 2021
The new Cole Park Pier is scheduled to open to the public!