Gulf Place Revitalization Project
GULF SHORES - AL:
The "Gulf Place Revitalization" was designed to restore one of the most prominent locations in Gulf Shores to a more usable area for visitors to come and enjoy. Amenities include an expansive boardwalk along the beach, public green space, walking paths, shade structures, restrooms, and attractive landscaping. The revitalization project was divided into three phases, each adding a new and improved addition to the recreation area.
The property currently offers a variety of activities that range from active to passive beach and water-based recreation. The location is home to festivals and sports events while also providing access to dining, shopping, and other tourism-supported businesses. Annual events held at the public beach attract over 350,000 visitors and generate an estimated regional economic impact exceeding $100,000,000.
As part of the "Gulf Place Revitalization", custom milled Cumaru was delivered for the construction of two new buildings as well as boardwalks. One building houses restrooms for beachgoers and the other is a home-base for lifeguards and other personnel that work the beach area.
Cumaru was a perfect choice for this project because of its excellent durability and weathering properties: making it extremely resistant to decay. It is ideal for a beach setting where constant sun exposure and weathering by the elements occur year round. It was used for siding on both of the new buildings as well as all of the stairs/decking and boardwalks extending up from the beach. The advantages of using Cumaru for beachfront applications are endless. The density of the wood makes it virtually impenetrable to rain and saltwater while it can also withstand long-term exposure to the sun without losing any of its structural integrity.