The North Myrtle Beach City Council approved the design for the 145 acre North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex to be constructed on City-owned land west of the Intracoastal Waterway.
City Council approved the architect’s approach to the main entry identification sign; the location and design of a Veteran’s Plaza; the location and schematic design for an outdoor amphitheater; and the location of a privately financed, privately operated Zip Line within the park, from which the City would derive income through a sharing of revenue.
The 2,300 square foot Veteran’s Plaza would offer five 25-foot flagpoles for the different branches of service, and one 35 foot flagpole for the United States, South Carolina, and POW/MIA flags. A brick seating wall would be incorporated on three sides, and perimeter landscaping would be used to frame the plaza. It would be located near the entrance to the park.
The amphitheater will be located in the lower part of the 12 acre expanse of lawn at the center of the park that is known as The Meadow. The 63 feet wide by 30 feet deep amphitheater is designed to accommodate large performances, such as a 40 person orchestra, and more intimate venues. The illustration shown during the workshop and included here incorporates fixed, stepped seating but that aspect will be replaced by a natural grass berm, which can accommodate more people and is less expensive. As the North Myrtle Beach population continues to grow over the years, the opportunity exists for a larger version of the amphitheater to be located elsewhere in The Meadow.
The first phase of the privately funded Zip Line would be about 4,500 feet long and its route is indicated by thin red lines in the illustration shown on page one of this news release. It would operate throughout the core of the park, and over a portion of the lake abutting Highway 31. The towers connecting each section of the Zip Line will fit in with the overall architecture of the park.
The name for the main road into the 145 acre facility is Champions Boulevard, and the proposed name for the primary inner loop road is Citizens Circle.
According to the current project schedule, construction of the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex will begin in mid-November 2012. During February 2014, the City would take ownership of the facility, move in and prepare for activities. On March 1, 2014, the first sports tourism event would be held at the sports complex.