New recreation facilities taking shape in Pawleys Island area

  • Friday, August 31, 2012

Georgetown County’s three new recreation facilities in Pawleys Island are in various stages of completion.
Stables Park, near The River Club development, is nearly complete. The county hoped to have the facility open by Labor Day, but a date for a ribbon cutting has not been set.
The Waccamaw Regional Tennis Center, which is half of the first phase of work at the park, was supposed to be home to the Waccamaw High School tennis team this season. The Warriors’ first home match is Sept. 11 and it is unclear whether they will compete at the facility.
Workers were at the Tennis Center on Friday doing landscaping and putting finishing touches inside the building that will house locker rooms, bathrooms and other facilities. All the courts and fencing are in place, as is a fire pit.
On the other side of the park are four multi-purpose fields, a concession stand and parking areas. Large light poles have been installed so games can be played after dark.
This phase of work at Stables cost $915,000.
The opening of a new $3.6 million recreation center, which is being built around the corner from Stables at Parkersville Park, has been delayed, according to Paul McCulloch, recreation manager for Georgetown County Parks and Recreation.
The facility was supposed to open in December, but a January opening is more likely, McCulloch said.
The center will have an area for senior citizens programs, locker rooms, a weight room, a climbing wall, and a gym for basketball and volleyball.
The concrete exterior of the building is in place, as are the steel beams that will hold the tall roof of the gym in place.
An outdoor pool is planned in another phase of construction.
The newest project, Retreat Park, which is located between Waccamaw Intermediate and Middle schools, is also the most visible.
Construction work can be seen from Highway 17 after a lot next to the Bi-Lo supermarket was cleared.
The park will eventually be home to two ballfields for baseball or softball.
The grass has been removed and soil conditioner and the infield mix have been put down. The shell of a concession stand is standing between where the fields will be.
Curbing has been installed at the entrance to the park on Wildcat Way, where the parking lot will be. The county will use pervious pavement in some areas to allow water to seep through into the ground, McCulloch said.

By Chris Sokoloski

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