New attractions in place at old Pavilion

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The third and final new attraction planned for Myrtle Beach's old Pavilion amusement park site is now in place.

Three sand volleyball courts opened on the lot  near the ocean on Friday where the Pavilion's arcade and the Magic Attic night club once were. The courts join a small stage for live music and a giant inflatable water slide that the city's Downtown Redevelopment Corporation (DRC) is responsible for adding to the site.

The corporation is now leasing the land from Burroughs and Chapin Company, Inc.

On Monday, the Jones family from Ohio took note of the new attractions.

"We came down here today just to hang out at the beach and saw the big slide there," explained Casey Jones. "So we decided we'd come up and check it out."

Attracting families and other visitors is certainly the goal of adding something new to the old Pavilion site. At approximately 40 feet tall, the slide is highly visible, and the music stage is used twice a week for live music. Koribrett Turner-Vaught with the DRC said the live music is especially popular on nights when fireworks are displayed downtown. Now that the volleyball courts are open, Turner-Vaught said the DRC is realizing its goal to get more people to use the open space.

"We do encourage anybody that wants to come play to bring your ball and play," she said. "That's what the courts are there for."

The owners at the Boardwalk Coffee House are happy to see the new attractions. They opened their business because of the new boardwalk, and they support any efforts to compliment  it.

"I think it's a great start," said Deann Sarver. "I think every little thing that they're doing out here like the canopy and the slide and the volleyball - I think it's great."

Down at the Beverly Motel Tim Zhuta is starting a new sub and pizza shop.  He said he likes the attractions. He would just like to see more.

"I think it's a good start, but I don't think it's where it should be," Zhuta said. "The Myrtle Beach Pavilion was the heart and soul for years and years.  They still call and ask for the Myrtle Beach Pavilion area. and I think that it's still not enough in my best guesstimate."

The DRC's lease is annual and there are no plans for additional development. Instead, the group would like people to start using the area as a public park space. Turner-Vaught said she would like to see people use the old Pavilion site as a place to fly a kite or have a picnic near the ocean.

The area could also be used to watch future concerts or hold festivals, she said. Volleyball leagues may also be organized.

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