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August 6, 2014

New path in the works to connect ITAP to Grand Park in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach planners are hoping to begin work on a walking and bicycling path that would connect International Technology and Aerospace Park to Grand Park along the lake.

Myrtle Beach planners are hoping to begin work on a walking and bicycling path that would connect International Technology and Aerospace Park to Grand Park along the lake.

Planning Director Jack Walker said the city set aside $135,000 and received $90,000 from developer Beazer Homes to construct the 1.2-mile “linear extension.” Walker said he hopes the first piece of the path is completed this fall, with hopes to construct the rest of the path in the future.

“We’re looking at connectivity issues,” assistant city manager Ron Andrews said. “It’s going to connect up to Grand Park and eventually be on the other side of the lake.”

Andrews said the hope is connect the homes at The Reserve at Market Common, developed by Beazer Homes, with Grand Park.

Walker said the first phase of the path will go from the existing bridge at Airpark Drive along the lake to where Farrow Parkway curves back around near Myers Avenue. It will be 10 feet wide and made of asphalt.

Walker said the city also plans to build a 50-foot wood laminate bridge across the lake closer to the Grand Park area.

Andrews said the project is in the very early planning stages with some surveying being done to see how much of the land where the path would go is owned by the city.

However, Walker said the city first needs to raise the lake’s water level.

“This fall, we’re hoping to raise the level of the lake 3 to 5 feet,” Walker said. “That way we’ll get rid of the aquatic vegetation that’s taking over. I would love it if by the spring we could extend it all the way to Fred Nash Boulevard.”

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