A 20-acre green space alongside Jekyll Island’s main beach dune system is the first phase to revitalize Jekyll’s town center.
Jekyll Island's governing authority has hired Southwestern Wilderness of Edison, Ga., to build Great Dunes Park.
The park will replace Jekyll's cracked concrete boardwalk with a new 10-foot-wide tabby-style one that curves around dunes and connects to the rest of Jekyll's trail system.
Also in the project blueprints … a convention center, beachside shopping, a pedestrian district and new hotels.
The authority considers the beach village project a key ingredient in attracting visitors back to the aging state park.
Contributors: Rickey Bevington