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Horry County News and Announcements


Recreation Centers Reopen Monday, June 22, 2020

Horry County Department of Parks & Recreation facilities will reopen to the public on Monday, June 22nd. This includes Recreation Centers, Community Centers, and the Cochran building. All HCPR facilities will resume their normal operating hours. Those with memberships will be refunded a pro-rated amount based on the amount of time our facilities were closed and their memberships will remain valid until the original expiration.

The Recreation Centers will be offering pickleball and basketball during designated hours only, while the walking tracks will be open the entire day. Gym schedules can be found below. Fitness classes will be offered with limited capacity, so those interested are encouraged to register online to ensure their spot. Register here:

In an effort to make our facilities as safe as possible and to stop the spread of COVID-19, our staff will be wearing masks, gymnasium capacity is limited, cleanings are being conducted more frequently, drinking fountains have been disabled, hand washing stations have been added, and social distancing markings have been placed throughout the Centers.

We appreciate your understanding during this time and ask that everyone visiting our facilities please be respectful of social distancing guidelines. We strongly encourage visitors to wear masks while in common areas and will have them available at the buildings. Please bring your own water bottles and any personal equipment needed for fitness classes.

Ghost of the Coast Fun Run & Trunk or Treat

The Horry County Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Fun Run and Trunk or Treat at the Carolina Forest Recreation center on October 26th, 2019. This event will be the grand opening of a newly created 5K run and walk trail behind the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.

Costumes are encouraged for the Fun Run and awards will be given for best female adult costume, best male adult costume, best female child costume, best male child costume, best couple costume and best family costume. Fun Runners will be rewarded with a themed medal at the finish line and all paid registrants will receive a Halloween themed race t-shirt.

Immediately after the Fun Run, Horry County Parks and Recreation will host a free Trunk or Treat for all children of Horry County. The Trunk or Treat will feature games, face painting, and inflatables while numerous businesses and Horry County departments will be handing out candy to the children. Please join us for this great event!

Everyone is welcome to participate in both events, or just bring your family out for some trick or treating fun at trunk or treat!

Register for the race in advance here:

Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan Public Meetings

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation, and the Parks & Open Space Board will be hosting public meetings to present a draft of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan. The plan provides recommendations for recreation facilities and open space preservation in the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  Many people and organizations have been involved in the development of this plan, and the County is seeking additional public input prior to finalizing the plan. Public meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on:

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 – South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57 South, 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 & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526

A draft of the plan can be found on the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board webpage. Printed copies of the plan are also available at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office, CB Berry Community Center, North Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, South Strand Recreation Center, and James Frazier Community Center. Citizens are also invited to send comments directly to Leigh Kane.  

After comments are received, the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board will incorporate them into a revision and make a recommendation to the Horry County Planning Commission and the Horry County Council to consider adoption of the plan. 

Horry County Bike & Run Park Volunteer Beautification Day


Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Parks and Open Space Board, along with a number of partners, is seeking volunteers for Saturday, October 10th from 9 am to noon to assist with the beautification of the entrance to the Horry County Bike & Run Park. The beautification efforts on Saturday will create an inviting entrance to the park and will finalize the improvements that have been funded through the South Carolina State Trails Program and Horry County. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel and gloves so they can help with the installation of a dozen trees and over 100 potted native grasses. For more information, please contact Leigh Kane at 843-915-7034 or visit the Horry County Planning & Zoning Facebook page.

This unique park, located in Carolina Forest off of River Oaks Drive, hosts seven miles of mountain biking and running trails. The trail system was developed by the Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club and partner running and cycling clubs. It is now maintained by the Cape Fear Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. Since the beginning of the year, the entrance to the park has undergone a number of improvements, including the establishment of a parking area and installation of a picnic shelter and bike repair stand. The improvements also included the installation of a ten-foot multi-use path, connecting the park to an 11 mile, off-road section of the East Coast Greenway that runs along Robert Grissom Parkway and Harrelson Blvd to Market Common.  

The East Coast Greenway is a 2,900-mile continuous trail system that is being developed to link 25 major cities from Maine to Florida. The Bike & Run Park serves as the first East Coast Greenway trailhead in the State of South Carolina and the initial link to connect the East Coast Greenway into the Carolina Forest community. While portions of the East Coast Greenway have been developed in Horry and Georgetown counties, additional plans to develop of this continuous, off-road trail is defined within the East Coast Greenway Master Plan for Horry & Georgetown Counties (2003) and the Horry County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (2013). 

Running Dead 5k Race

Conway, South Carolina - The Horry County Parks and Recreation Department, the Coastal Carolina University Recreation and Sport Management Programming and Event Planning class, and the Grand Strand Running Club present the Running Dead 5k to be held on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hulk Trail on Frontage Road B-2 in Myrtle Beach.


The 5k-race, which is planned by Coastal Carolina University students, is set in a zombie apocalyptic world on the Day of the Dead.  Runners will race through a challenging woodland trail trying to “survive” by avoiding zombies and making it to the finish line with their lives.  Their lives will be represented by a flag football belt that they will run with and the zombie will try to snatch.   

The first 100 participants to register will be provided with a t-shirt and a medal.  Prizes will be provided to the top three male and three female finishers who finish with their belts and also the top three male and females finisher who finish as undead.  In addition to the race an after-party will be held at Murphy’s Law in Carolina Forest immediately after the race.  Soft drinks and boneless wings will be provided.  On-line registration and fee information are available HERE.   

For more information, please contact Don Rockey at 843-349-4040 or