Governor Sonny Perdue breaks ground today on the first phase of revitalization of Jekyll Island’s Great Dunes Park. A decade ago more than 2.1 million visited the state-owned park. In 2008, only 1.49 million visited the park.
The Great Dunes Park revitalization will replace the cracked concrete boardwalk with a new 10-foot-wide tabby-style one that curves around dunes and connects to the island’s trail system.
The ground-breaking will begin the proposed Great Dunes Park, now a parking lot, and signify one of the first steps toward the revitalization of the island.
The oceanfront park will be part of the future Jekyll Island Beach Village, which will also include a redeveloped and expanded convention center, two new hotels, vacation-ownership properties, a retail village and a public plaza.
The revitalization project, which has met a lot of resistance, is supported by the Jekyll Island House-Senate Oversight Committee, Gov. Perdue and the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.
Great Dunes Park is expected to be completed by early summer 2010. Read more about the proposed plans here.