Doors open to North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

The new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sport Complex officially opened its doors for the first time 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

The new complex is home to six softball fields, playgrounds, walking trails and even dog parks.

The park was put to use right away hosting a youth soccer league game and a college softball tournament.

Officials say the park will play a big role in North Myrtle Beach's economy, helping to improve the area's position in sports tourism.

"We expect to generate between $15 and $18 million in economic impact just here at this facility alone. Throughout the city we're probably around $30 million in economic impact, so that's big for us for a tourism driven economy," explained Matt Gibbons, Superintendent of Sports Tourism and Athletics.

Gibbons added that the complex took nearly 16 months to complete.

It will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located near Robert Edge Parkway and Highway 90 in North Myrtle Beach.