HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County documents obtained by WMBF News show former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes is the new owner of the former Freestyle Music Park and Hard Rock Park.
The park property, located off of George Bishop Parkway, was purchased on Dec. 28, 2018 by FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC.
A demolition permit for the property filed on Feb. 25 shows John Rhodes is the owner of FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC.
The permit is a request to demolish the interior of a retail building on the property at an estimated cost of $50,000.
According to documents submitted with the permit request, an asbestos abatement company removed asbestos from the building on Feb. 18.
“I’ve been gambling on stuff all my life. I thought I’d take a gamble on this," Rhodes said.
In 2008, the site was home to the Hard Rock Music Park.
The defunct park was then sold to FPI MB Entertainment for $25 million in 2009 to become Freestyle Music Park, which closed that same year.
Rhodes stressed the property will look better than it has over the past decade.
“I’m excited to see what can be put out there that will work, but I can promise you it’s not going to be a theme park,” he said.