Park and Open Space Board

The Horry County Parks and Open Space Board is an 11 member board that was established to promote open space preservation, natural resource protection, and the expansion of public recreational facilities. The Board is responsible for providing guidance to Horry County Council on areas to preserve for such uses and for allocating resources from the Open Space Fund. For more information on the responsibilities of the Board, visit the Horry County Code of Ordinances (Chapter 15, Article VII, Section 15-124). Upcoming meetings can be found on the County’s meeting calendar at:

Parks & Open Space Plan

The Horry County Parks & Open Space Board is finalizing an update to the Horry County Park & Open Space Plan. The plan addresses current demand for recreation facilities and highlights areas of the County to focus conservation efforts. The plan also accounts for future population growth and development trends. Community input has been obtained through a county-wide survey and numerous focus groups. A draft of the plan can be found HERE.

The County will be hosting public meetings in August to obtain additional feedback. After which, the Parks and Open Space Board will make a recommendation to Planning Commission, followed by consideration at County Council.

Public Meetings

Public meetings will be held from 6 to 7 pm on the following dates:
Monday, August 28, 2017 – South Strand Recreation Center (9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – North Strand Recreation Center (102 Wampee Rd/Hwy 57, Little River, SC 29566)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Carolina Forest Recreation Center (2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579)
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Horry County Government Building (1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526)

Public Comment

Comments may be sent via email to Leigh Kane, Community Development Planner, at or mailed to Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. Comments should be submitted by September 1, 2017 to be considered by the Parks & Open Space Board for incorporation into the plan. Additional opportunities for public comment will be available later in the adoption process when considered by Planning Commission and County Council.


Horry County Parks and Open Space Inventory (2016)

  • The Horry County Parks & Open Space Board formally adopted the inventory in July 2016. This document is intended to provide baseline information on existing parks and recreation facilities and the distribution of open space throughout the county.

Horry County Health and Recreation Initiative Survey (2015)

  • Coastal Carolina University’s Swain Scholars Program developed and conducted a county-wide recreation survey in partnership with Horry County Planning & Zoning and Horry County Parks & Recreation.

Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan (adopted 2009)

Horry County Recreation Needs Assessment 1999-2009

  • This was Horry County’s first recreation plan.

Parks & Open Space Board Brochure

Recreational Opportunities in Horry County Brochure

Parks and Open Space Board Members

MemberContact InformationTerm Expires

Suzanne Pritchard

District 1

2234 Dykman Circle

Little River, SC 29566



Dr. Claudia Miles

District 2

241 Center Dr.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Home: 843-421-6932



Christina Mahon

District 3

172 Fulbourn Place

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579



Pamela Dawson

District 4

113 Dreamland Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Cell: 256-295-1684




District 5




District 6



Charles "Tony" Hernadez, Chairman

District 7

920 Eaglet Cir.

Conway, SC 29527

Home: 843-421-6932



Dr. Sarah Banks

District 8

117 Furman Circle

Conway, SC 29526

Home: 843-773-2246



William J. Hardee III

District 9

1679 Oak Dale Road

Loris, SC 29569

Home: 843-222-8701




District 10


Samuel T. Johnson, Jr.

District 11

11975 Pee Dee Road S

Galivant's Ferry, SC 29544

Home: 843-358-0736



Richard Hathcock

Senior Planner


(843) 915-5340


Taylor Smith

Administrative Assistant


(843) 915-5340


Donate Today!

Interested in donating your land or providing funding for park development or conservation? Contact Richard Hathcock at 843-915-7894 or for more information on how to contribute to the Horry County Parks & Open Space Fund.