Recreation projects on track in Pawleys Island

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Pawleys Island mainland is abuzz with the sound of construction as work continues on three new Georgetown County recreation facilities.
Stables Park, which will be the first to open, is located near The River Club development. Access to the park’s multi-purpose fields will be from Petigru Drive off Martin Luther King Road. Access to the tennis courts will be from Gilman Road off Highway 17 in Litchfield.
The tennis courts are expected to be ready for play around Labor Day and will be home to the boys and girls teams from Waccamaw High School.
The shell of the building that will house locker rooms, bathrooms and other facilities is already standing between the two asphalt slabs that will become courts. Eventually clay courts will be added to the site.
On the other side of the park, a concession stand is being built near an area that is large enough for four full-size soccer fields. The fields can also be converted into smaller soccer fields for young children, or football fields.
The county has put in a bid to host All-Star high school football games in the fall, according to Paul McCulloch, recreation manager for Georgetown County Parks and Recreation.
If the bid is successful, Stables would host games on three Saturdays in November.
R.H. Moore is the general contractor on the Stables project and construction has been going well, McCulloch said.
 The one glitch so far has been a problem with a well. After the well was dug it cracked and couldn’t be used so another had to be dug.
This phase of the work at Stables will cost $915,000.
Around the corner from Stables a new $3.6 million recreation center is being built at Parkersville Park and is on track to open in December.
“This dry weather has made it nice for construction,” McCulloch said. “If you had a crystal ball and asked ‘when is the perfect time to build?’ this would have been it.”
The center will have an area for senior citizens programs, a weight room, a climbing wall, and a gym for basketball and volleyball.
“The basketball program in Pawleys Island continues to grow,” McCulloch said.
Parks and Recreation will continue to use Waccamaw schools for basketball programs, but the new center will allow more flexibility with scheduling.
Construction has forced the county to relocate the annual Farmers Marker from the park to the lawn of the Magistrate’s Office across the street.
Next year the Farmers Market will move back to the park.
However, the next phase of Parkersville Park construction will be the installation of an outdoor pool, which will force the county to relocate the Farmers Market again.
Palmetto Corp., which is the general contractor on the county’s 8 Oaks Park project on Highway 521, is overseeing the Parkersville construction.
The newest project to break ground in Pawleys Island is Retreat Park, which is located behind Waccamaw Middle School and Bi-Lo.
The lot has been cleared and crews with a wood chipper were disposing of a massive pile of tree stumps this week.
Retreat Park will be home to two fields that can be used for baseball or softball.
Stone Construction is overseeing Retreat and the recreation work the county is doing in Andrews.
Other projects in the county’s future include:
• Pleasant Hill: county personnel are reviewing bids before submitting a contract to County Council for approval.
• Murrells Inlet Community Center: construction work has been put out to bid.
• Olive Park: request for bids have not gone out yet.

County Council, at its last meeting, approved spending $191,437 on furniture and fixtures for county recreation facilities and parks.
The money will be used for items such as benches, baseball bases and home plates, bike racks, soccer and lacrosse goals, trash cans and portable bleachers.
The expenditures were included in the Capital Improvement Plan.

By Chris Sokoloski
csokoloski@gtowntimes.com

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