MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Improvements to Chapin Park in the City of Myrtle Beach are taking shape, with construction underway on a stage, which is expected to be complete early next year.
The stage is one of several improvements that have come to the park in the past few months to make the park more functional for additional events, according to the city. The stage is being built in the northeast corner of the park, and is expected to be complete in late January or February.
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.
The city re-budgeted an another $200,000 in the 2016-2017 fiscal year for other improvements. The stage cost about $50,000 dollars, according to assistant city manager Ron Andrews when he was interviewed back in June. Other improvements include painting the pergola and thinning the tree canopy to make the park brighter and more open.