MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Market Commons' Grand Park will soon be getting a lot bigger with an expansion planned across Farrow
Parkway, thanks to some money the City of Myrtle Beach is getting from the state.
The lake that sits off Farrow Parkway right past where the Vinings apartment complex is being built, though cut through by Airpark Drive in the middle, is about to get some attention. With its own funds, the city is going to install multi-use paths around the lake.
Plus, a $100,000 gr ant from the state is making it possible to make some huge changes: new parking, an outdoor classroom, and the renovation of an old, unused Air Force building into a public restroom. The building will be completely gutted. The old Air Force building has been empty for years; it's been hidden in trees and sits in disrepair. It's a large building, and the plans would include a total renovation for the restrooms, including turning a part of it into a lobby with displays that explain the history of the Air Force Base.
Just below the building is the area where the outdoor classroom will be built, and used for classes or small shows.
Across the other side of the lake, where it runs into Airpark Drive, the city is trying to build a parking lot so that people can park and enjoy the trails in the area.
On top of all of that, the gr ant will also help build a bicycle repair station and water fountains.
It's one small reason that visitors and locals say when they want to enjoy being outside - they like to go to The Market Common.
"You know, it's nice that we're creating places for family," cyclist Lemuel Joyce said. "You know places that people can get and enjoy the scenery and the weather and ride the trails. I love to ride the trails. We ride them a lot."
Changes will be coming relatively soon. City planners expect to learn when they'll receive the gr ant money on July 1, and they will have one year to use the money when they receive it.