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Gulf State Park Pier Renovation

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

Located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and owned by the State of Alabama, the Gulf State Park Pier opened to the public in July 2009 after the original pier was destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. The 20-foot wide, 1,540-foot-long pier sits 20 feet above mean sea level. It stretches 22,670± square feet over the water and provides 2,448 feet of fishing space. The Gulf State Park Pier also includes a concession area and indoor retail shop. This project would provide funding to renovate the Gulf State Park Pier. The original decking is now nearly 10 years old and is showing considerable wear. The wood decking was the correct choice at the time, but the ADCNR, State Parks Division, now recognizes that alternative materials would likely have a longer life expectancy and provide a more "customer friendly" surface than what currently exists. This project will replace the entire pier deck with materials that have greater longevity. The new decking will be removable in the event of a hurricane. The material for the pier will be evaluated and selected with a focus on its projected life span under harsh marine conditions. Previously, the pier was constructed of treated southern pine, but the decking deteriorated in less than a decade. Using a material with a longer life span should reduce maintenance and extend the need for replacement by several decades. In addition to the replacement of the decking panels, this project will also enhance the existing lighting at the pier and in the parking lot and replace the weathered pine handrails. The improved lighting will feature narrow spectrum amber LEDs combined with special shielding, making it a on "More Info" link below


Seth Newton
(205) 247-3708
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