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Savannah's Playground set to open on Labor Day

Savannah's Playground. (Source: WMBF News) Savannah's Playground. (Source: WMBF News)
Savannah's Playground. (Source: WMBF News) Savannah's Playground. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach city leaders announced Savannah’s Playground at Grand Park in the Market Common will have a grand opening on Labor Day. It is an enabling playground, designed so children with disabilities can use all the equipment.

There is still some work that needs to be done. Flowers, trees, and other plants were recently donated. Crews are finishing the landscaping, including laying more sod. And HTC recently donated surveillance cameras and promised to set them up and provide monitoring services. That surprise announcement was made after vandalism, which is being cleaned up, was found around the playground.

The playground is named after local Savannah Thompson, who has William’s Syndrome. “Being an enabling park and allowing the children to play together, it’s something I think the entire community is going to be extremely proud of,” said Lance Thompson, Savannah’s dad. “And people are really looking forward to bringing family members of all ages and abilities here to be able to enjoy the facility.”

City leaders say there is a hope of having a “soft opening” at the end of the weekend or the beginning of the first week of August. But it’s still unclear, because crews want to make sure they can handle a small crowd of kids and their families to test out the equipment. Savannah said she has already challenged Mayor Rhodes to a race on the zip lines, once the park opens up.

Savannah smiled, looking at the playground, as she said, “Thank you for doing this for us, Mayor Rhodes! This is awesome! This is so cool that I can come out here and play and hang out with people that I know!"

Savannah’s family says they’re hearing from so many locals and guests before the park even opens about what a huge impact this park will have on the area. “Everyone’s been so positive and supportive, because it is something you don’t see everywhere,” said Savannah’s dad. “The entire facility is designed to be beneficial for special needs children. So even though it looks just like a really fun playground, all of the children really will benefit from being out here. And it actually helps them both physically and mentally to enjoy the facility."

This is phase one of three phases for the playground. If you would like more background on the playground, click here.

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