NMB sports complex gears up for more than just sports

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's called the North Myrtle Beach Sports Park and Recreation Complex but soon you'll see a lot more than sports going on at the park.

Right now, park planners are creating packages for people looking to host all kinds of events. Callie Jean Wise flips through the 2014 calendar and says she's been busy.

"In the next two weeks I'm meeting with ten different groups," says Wise, who is responsible for booking non-sports related events.

This year Taste of the Coast plans to hold it's 6th annual food event at the park instead of at Barefoot Landing. The event gives participants the chance to sample food from area restaurants while also raising money for scholarships for local students.

The park is comprised of 163 acres of green space, sporting fields, concessions, shelters, a lake, dog park and other venues, providing a lot of options for visitors.

Wise says folks may want to plan weddings and family reunions at the park. Other events on the calendar include a community day with CCU, veterinarians coming to host animal education classes, drive-in movies in the meadow and the city is in talks to bring classical music to the park.

"We've already spoken with the Long Bay Symphony to try to have an orchestra for a few concerts and we are just working with a lot of people in the community because it is a community park," says Wise.

Wise says there are minimal costs to rent facilities but the park is entirely free for the public to use. The complex is expected to have an 18 million dollar economic impact just in the first year. A soft opening is set for March 1, then an official Grand Opening is scheduled for April 5.

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