In 2008, Harris County released plans to demolish and replace the pavilion with a multi story hotel and convention center. This plan met a significant roadblock when concerned citizens rapidly mobilized to prevent park rezoning to commercial. However, following Hurricane Ike in September 2008, Harris County continued to pursue demolition, but this was finally stopped in 2009 when the Texas Historical Commission deemed the pavilion eligible for listing on the National Historic Register (NHR) based on the nomination submitted by Friends of Sylvan Beach. In 2011 the State Historical Commissioners unanimously granted the pavilion State Antiquities Landmark status.
In September 2010 the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) announced that Harris County would be awarded a $4.5M HUD grant for restoring the pavilion. TDRA stated that the awarding of this grant was only because of the pavilions successful NHR listing. The County initiated the project in early 2011, when Jack Morman became the new Harris County Precinct 2 commissioner.
The ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the renovated pavilion occurred on 25 October, 2013.