APATX18 Mobile Workshops
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CDT
Galveston’s historic port is a working harbor with a thriving cruise presence, while also providing recreational and cultural opportunities. The main attraction will be the harbor tour by boat including playful dolphins and a shipwreck! Participants will also explore several of Galveston’s Historic Districts, viewing the mansions built from fortunes made in the port while discussing Galveston's Historic Preservation Program. Knowledgeable speakers will discuss the history and future of the port, impact of the cruise industry, benefits of private/public partnerships, and the wide variety of birds and marine life in Galveston Bay. Don’t miss this chance to get a new perspective on Galveston Bay and the historic Port of Galveston!
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT
Workshop participants will enjoy visiting three dynamic bay area cities – League City, Webster and Kemah. The first stop will be League City to learn about the city’s current planning and economic development projects. Next stop will be City of Webster to learn about the City’s 200-acre “Destination Development” project that includes Topgolf, American Furniture, adoption of Planned Development Guidelines and the start of a grand boulevard, as well as a visit to the 244-acre Project Genesis business park. Now for a bit of bay-area fun the third stop will be the City of Kemah where workshop participants will hear a colorful account of how the Kemah Boardwalk was born – from shrimping village to tourist magnet, the Kemah Boardwalk entertains over 4 million visitors a year. This sprawling entertainment complex includes waterfront dining and theme-park, Kemah Lighthouse District and Old Kemah Schoolhouse Visitor center. Since we leave Galveston early, we’ll have a bit of a breakfast treat on the bus!
2 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Enjoy a relaxed bike tour of Galveston’s recently formalized bike network connecting the beach to one of Texas’s first pre-Victorian commercial districts – the Historic Strand. Participants will experience Galveston’s pedestrian and bike friendly historic realm riding along its platted grid dating back to the 1830s. Learn how this thriving island city successfully handles alternative forms of mobility for its 50,000 full-time residents and seven million annual visitors. The tour will include a stop at the City’s Farmer’s Market to learn about how it partners with the City Housing Authority for better health options for residents and the School District in developing community gardens. The tour ends at the Bryan Museum with a refreshing beverage of choice. Novice riders are welcomed for this relaxed-paced ride – e-bikes (battery assisted for easy riding) and helmets will be provided.
2 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
One of Hurricane Ike’s most visible tolls was the loss to Galveston Island’s urban tree canopy, with an estimated 40,000 trees were lost after being inundated by brackish water. This mobile workshop is proposed to be a bus tour around town to learn about the various projects undertaken by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy working with its various project partners (City, neighborhoods, private foundations, etc.). Projects to be highlighted include leveraging tourist dollars (hotel occupancy tax) for Broadway corridor, NeighborWoods projects to target neighborhoods for replanting, and advocacy for best management practices. Eastern Neighborhood Tour will include Galveston's tree sculptures, which are made from dead trees and waste from Hurricane Ike.
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT
Workshop participants will experience firsthand how three residential developers successfully blended Galveston Island’s natural environment with the building demands of creating new residential communities. Teaming with natural resource specialists and nonprofit partners, these developers achieved win-win scenarios in which residential properties are enhanced by surrounding ecosystems and protected for generations to come. These Galveston Island West End developments have leveraged required environmental mitigation obligations to enhance the value and appeal of their developments for prospective and neighboring residents and visitors alike. Attendees are assured to gain a fundamental understanding of successful environmental mitigation and ideas about opportunities for promoting similar creative solutions within their own communities.