MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Improvements are being made to Chapin Park to make it more welcoming and functional. The first phase of improvements should be complete by the spring, according to a city spokesman.
Mark Kruea, a spokesman for the City of Myrtle Beach, says that at least 30 trees have been removed since the renovations started. There are currently no plans to remove any more trees. But sidewalks will be added along with a stage. An old wooden structure will be torn down. But Kruea says the pergola and the playground will remain standing.
Chapin Park has not seen any major maintenance or tree trimming for about 15 years, according to Kruea. The hope is to brighten and open the park up so that more people will use it on a daily basis and so that more events and live music can be scheduled there.
"There was an older wooden stage that came down about 15 years ago," said Kruea. "But we'd like to go back to that period where the park was bright and airy and people congregated there. And you could take a lunch and listen to a musician, for example."
The first phase of the plan will cost about $200,000. Kruea said that most of the work is being done by city crews with help from some smaller contractors. The second phase of the plan will include the library.
"Down the road we'd actually like to better connect Chapin Memorial Library to the park," said Kruea. "Maybe put in an outdoor patio in for library patrons. We could use some restrooms there too."