Sandcastle Village becoming PIHS Class of 2020 tribute

Jenifer Windy Harren carves names from PIHS’ class of 2020 at Sandcastle Village. Courtesy photo.

By Gaige Davila

Sandcastle Village, outside of Gravity Park and Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, is going through another facelift, celebrating the graduation season, specifically for Port Isabel High School’s class of 2020. 

Initially, the Sandcastle Village was undergoing a “spring breaker-friendly theme,” before the global COVID-19 pandemic made the sand sculptors stop work.

When the City of South Padre Island said they could return to work, Lucinda Wierenga, owner of Sand Castle, Inc, the non-profit organization who created the Sandcastle Village, had PIHS’ Class of 2020 in mind.

“It occurred to me that this year’s class of graduating seniors got a bit of a raw deal, and that we could use the sculpture garden to pay special to tribute to their success,” Wierenga said. 

Currently, Sand Castle, Inc, sculptors—Anubis Morrison; Jose Sanchez; Jenifer Windy Harren and Wierenga—are making the PIHS’ seniors’ names larger, along with remaking the large sand throne within Sandcastle Village, so the soon-to-be graduates can take photos. 

PIHS Class of 2020 seniors’ names carved into hearts from Sandcastle Village’s Valentine’s Day theme. Photo by Gaige Davila.

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