County plans new recreation centers

Horry County, SC - By A.J. Ross - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Although studies by the National Parks and Recreation Association show recreation departments across the nation are losing funding due to the tough economy, that is not the case in Horry County.

Horry County recently opened up a new recreation center off Highway 57 in Little River, and plans are underway to build two more in Carolina Forest and on the South Strand.

Richard Timmerman, district supervisor for Horry County Parks and Recreation, says rec centers are safe havens for kids.

"I think that if you don't keep them busy doing the right things they're going to get involved in the wrong things," said Timmerman. "That's our future, what's in the gym is our future."

Timmerman, who has been managing the North Strand Rec Center since it opened in February, says the entire community has embraced the new facility.

"Come out and visit with us and see what goes on out here," said Timmerman. "See the elderly and the young people that we deal with on a daily basis and see the good that we do."

The county has set aside $5.24 million for recreation this year. County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier says they are projecting they will set aside $5.12 million for next year.

Horry County has a dedicated 2.3 mills for parks and recreation.

"I think the county is certainly trying to do their part in recreation without a doubt they are to be commended," Timmerman said.

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