Generations of Waccamaw Neck residents gathered Thursday for a look at the community’s new recreation center, which took nearly a decade to come to fruition.
A crowd of about 50 people were on hand to get an early look at the first gymnasium space on the Waccamaw Neck. The occasion was the ribbon cutting for the Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center at Parkersville Park in Pawleys Island.
The recreation center, which boasts a cardio room, kitchen and rock-climbing wall, will open on May 4, and offers the Waccamaw Neck community a place to gather, exercise, and learn.
Reverend Abraham Nelson led the crowd in an invocation, with Rev. Norman Reid and Rev. Bill Murray speaking on behalf of the center’s decade-long building effort.
The dream was finally realized through the Capital Improvement Plan and a partnership between the Pawleys Island Civic Club.
The center includes a large gymnasium space with basketball hoops, a climbing wall, cardio room, walking track, kitchen and meeting rooms. The center cost $4.4 million in total and was funded through Georgetown County’s Capital Improvement Plan.
Programming will vary by season, but the center will initially offer karate, painting, line dancing, and chess programs along with year-round senior programs. A summer camp for children ages 5-12 will be available at the start of June.
The facility also will serve as a senior center and provide congregate meals and fitness programs for the elderly.
Registration for community programs can be done at the center or online at www.gtcounty.org. Call 545-3275 for more information.