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Horry County leaders share draft of plan to expand recreation options

(WPDE)

Horry County leaders will be looking for opinions and feedback next week on their draft of a new 20-year plan for the county's parks and recreation facilities.

"If it is an ideal place where a perfect park would be ideal for a community, we need to start purchasing that property," said county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

The county's plan is estimated to cost $110 million, much of it allocated to buying land for recreation spaces, since the county government doesn't own much undeveloped land.

County leaders aren't focusing on how to pay for the projects right now, comparing their plan to a wish list.

Some of the projects potentially closer to breaking ground include recreation centers in Aynor and Loris, "soft" boat landings for canoes and kayaks, and bike paths in Carolina Forest.

If everything in the draft is completed, the county would create 16 new parks, 4 community and recreation centers, and 5 boat landings.

The plan would increase the total amount of land dedicated to parks by 400 acres.

After staff adjust the draft following public input, the Parks and Open Space Board, Planning Commission, and County Council all have to approve it. Council approval won't happen until at least January 2018.

Public Input Meetings:

Monday, August 28 - South Strand Recreation Center, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29 - North Strand Recreation Center, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30 - Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 31 - Horry County Government & Justice Center, 6 p.m.

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