City Kicks Off Packery Channel Project with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Media Advisory

When:  Friday, January 7, 2022, 1:00 P.M.

What:   Packery Channel Groundbreaking Ceremony

Where: Packery Channel Concrete Walkway

            149 Zahn Road off SH 361

Who:    Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate

             Michael Cloud, U.S. House of Representatives

             Tracey Phillips, FEMA Texas Recovery Office Director

             Chairman Todd Hunter, TX House of Representatives

             Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo

             Greg Smith, Councilman District 4, City of Corpus Christi

             John R. O’Valle, Texas Division of Emergency Management Regional Section Chief, Region III

             Peter Zanoni, City Manager 


CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The City of Corpus Christi will be hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Packery Channel Restoration Project. The $13.5 million project is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and includes the restoration of the channel’s infrastructure and walkways damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The Packery Channel opened in 2006 and has provided significant recreational and environmental benefits by allowing easy access to the Gulf of Mexico for boating and constant tidal exchange, improving fishing in the Upper Laguna Madre.

“The reconstruction of the Packery Channel along with the construction of Park Road 22 Bridge will serve as a catalyst for economic development in Corpus Christi!” said Mayor Paulette Guajardo. “This marks another day for Corpus Christi in beautifying our city, providing advancements to our infrastructure, and positively impacting the lives of every resident and visitor.”

The City is requesting only one media representative from each outlet attend. Due to COVID-19 risk, social distancing and masks will be required. The public can view the briefing live on the following communication channels:

Facebook: @citygov

YouTube: CCTVCorpusChristi

For more information, media representatives can contact Sr. Public Information Officer Melanie Lowry 361-826-3837 or by email at