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Chapin Park to begin phase-two renovations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Chapin Park has transformed from an eye-sore to a park city officials are proud of.  The city focused efforts on recapturing the park from overgrown vegetation, returning it to what it's meant for.

Myrtle Beach budgeted $200,000 dollars in the 2015-2016 fiscal year for phase-one projects at Chapin Park.  This included tree removal, new paint, new sidewalks and new grass.  The tree removal opened up the park, eliminating concerns from police who had difficulties patrolling the park due to overgrown vegetation.  

Most of the renovations were done in April and people noticed the difference.  This time a year ago, the park was empty.  Now, that's not the case.  Events are beginning to come back. Art in the Park was one of the first and a capture the flag game for kids will be hosted by the library at the park this week.

Assistant city manager Ron Andrews said the city is looking forward to more new things to start coming to Chapin Park because of the renovations.

"The condition the park was in would be conducive to activity that would not be favorable.  Now that we've cleaned things out, we've got it opened up, we think conditions are favorable for good things to happen," Andrews said.

New lighting is being worked on now for two new projects that are part of phase two at Chapin Park.  The city has re-budgeted another $200,000 dollars for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, beginning July 1st. This money will pay for other improvements, but the majority will be put towards a new stage and movie screen.

Both will be at the north side of the park, along 16th Avenue.  Although the money isn't there yet, plans and preparations like new lights and electrical work, has started.  Andrews said the stage will have all the bells and whistles of a stage able to put on a good show for bands, with intentions to draw large crowds.  The stage will cost about $50,000 dollars, Andrews said.  

"Families are now meeting there and having lunch together.  I think as soon as we are able to have some activities at lunch, like a small band or small group, singing group, that we'll see more of that occurring.  So there's some excitement by our staff with what's happening at Chapin Park."

Andrews said the stage and movie screen will be built within the next few months.

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