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Parks: Rec center’s soft opening draws people

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Monday’s “soft opening” at Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center at Parkersville Park went well, according to the Georgetown County Parks and Recreation director, Beth Goodale, after some last-minute tweaks to accommodate Midway Fire and Rescue and get a certificate of occupancy.

Eight people signed up for senior programs, and the center will begin serving hot lunches next Monday. Meals for home delivery will also be processed at the center beginning Monday. “People were really excited to be there,” Goodale told members of the county Parks and Recreation board Monday.

County rec department employees were on hand to greet visitors at the Waccamaw center. The center’s schedule does not include any hours on Saturday. It will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are fees for use of the fitness center and the climbing wall. Monthly fitness center fees for adults ages 18 to 59 are $25 and $20 for an additional adult from the same residence. For adults over 60, fitness center fees are $20 for one person and $15 for a second from the same residence. Daily fees are $4 for adults 18 to 59 and $3 for seniors. Climbing wall fees will vary. Use of the walking track is free between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

A summer camp is scheduled at the Waccamaw rec center beginning June 10.

The farmers market, which was moved to Parkersville Park, should benefit from the rec center’s opening, Goodale added.

Retreat Park is hosting adult softball games, and there has been a “big response” to plans for a co-ed softball league at the new park, Goodale said. There are also plans for a co-ed kick ball league.

Stables Park hosted 50 Coast FA soccer teams for a tournament recently. Goodale said participants praised the parks’ natural grass turf. She was also pleased there were no issues with traffic entering the park from Petigru Road, as there had been during a big football tournament last fall.

Another program in the works is archery in cooperation with the state Department of Natural Resources, board members were told. “We are committed to outdoor recreation,” Goodale said. Two other possibilities discussed Monday were lacrosse instruction and play and a ropes course at a county park.

Board members were also told that Georgetown County will host a national catfish tournament with a $10,000 purse next year. Goodale said she made contact with representatives of Cabela’s “King Cat Trail” at a sports marketing expo in Kentucky last month. She expects the two-day tournament to attract hundreds of fishermen. The tournament’s weigh-in will be conducted at the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River. Tournament officials will work out details during a site visit later this year.

Georgetown County will host a Dixie boys machine pitch/coach pitch baseball tournament at 8 Oaks Park. It will be for boys 7 and 8 years old.

Hershey’s Track and Field qualifying for the state meet at Mount Pleasant will be May 18 at 9 a.m. at Georgetown High School’s track.

Also, new lights being installed at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk that are more resistant to vandals.

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