MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There's a new effort to bring more people to downtown Myrtle Beach, and it will begin with what you see as you're driving into the area.
A new half million dollar public park is under construction at the corner of Broadway and Collins Street. Many are hoping it will eventually bring a lot of buzz downtown.
"It will definitely be an asset for the revitalization and the continued development for the Broadway village," said Jack Walker, with the City of Myrtle Beach. "It will provide connectivity."
The park will be called "New Town" Park, and it's expected to bring a new feel to an older side of Myrtle Beach. It will change the look of what was just an empty lot, to manicured green with benches and landscaping. The park will also feature a new pedestrian bridge to go over the creek, to attract more people to downtown Myrtle Beach.
There are plenty of businesses downtown looking for a way to bring in more foot traffic and customers. People who live and work in the area think it could be a good idea, if it's done right.
"It could be a place of beauty," said John Stack, who lives and works in Myrtle Beach. "A place of nature, or a reason to casually stroll with your family. That's if it's developed properly, maintained properly, and policed properly. That would cause people to have a reason to walk down there."
Horry County is in charge of the project because the area of the proposed park falls into their territory. The City of Myrtle Beach does have an overall long term plan for the area, called the "Linear Greenway". The Greenway will include connecting a series of parks to bring more tourists and people to Broadway Street.
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