A popular waterfront park in Gulf Shores just got a major face-lift and is about to open back up to the public. Lagoon Pass Park at West Beach now has a new fishing pier, pavement and biking paths. It’s just the latest example of how the city is improving accessibility to its natural resources.
Frequent visitors to Gulf Shores are familiar with what’s been done at Gulf Place where 59 hits the beach. Phase three of that multi-year and multi-million-dollar project now nearing completion as well. The price tag on the project at Lagoon Pass Park is far less, but also a stunning transformation.
“Oh, it’s just so beautiful. The water…all the different colors, all the wildlife. It’s just beautiful,” said Colleen Harrelson as she looked out from the new, fishing pier.
Lagoon Pass Park has always been a popular spot for locals and visitors for fishing and going to the beach. The parking area is now paved with more parking spaces, great new biking and walking paths and the centerpiece of the project is the pier.
“Oh, absolutely. Absolutely,” said Construction Manager for the city of Gulf Shores, Clint Colvin. “You know, eventually, we’d like to continue the bike path down here so that more people can get to it, but for now, absolutely. The pier is the number one thing.”
The pier stretches out into Little Lagoon 300 feet from shore. At the end, it tees off into a 15’ by 40’ deck over deeper water. The permitting took more than a year, but the actual construction only lasted about two months. Work started at the beginning of the year with the goal to have it open by spring break.
“This is one of those spots that gets used by locals more or at least as much as tourists and so this really enhances the ability for folks to get out here and enjoy the water and even to get out here. It’s an ADA accessible path and so all the slopes and the ramps and everything’s all wheelchair accessible,” Colvin explained.
Visitors to the area were glad to see the investment the city has made.
“It’s a very good investment. It’s great to see the community putting back into the community and taking care of the community,” Danny Harrelson said.
The cost for the project came in at just less than $200,000. A grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resourced paid $50,000 and the city of Gulf Shores covered the rest. Lagoon Pass Park will be open to the public Friday morning, March 8, 2019.