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Memory of Myrtle Beach Air Force base remembered in new park near The Market Common

Thunderbolt Park is headed to The Market Common, bringing three miles of new paths, picnic tables and a lawn.

The park, located at 2290 Farrow Parkway, is named after the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter jets that once flew at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base - what is now The Market Common.

Paths can by used by bicyclists, walkers and runners, and will feature an outdoor reading room, bike racks, bike repair stands and an outdoor classroom.

On Tuesday, the Myrtle Beach City Council accepted a grant for $200,000 from the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority. The grant will help renovate the former Air Force building located on the property, which will make way for the classroom, parking and other amenities.

Other contributors include CSX, Grand Strand Area Transportation Study, the City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Beazer Homes and The Vinings Group LLC.

Total contributions to the park totals nearly $1,200,000, according to a post on the Myrtle Beach City Government Facebook page.

The park is located down from Grand Park, next to Coventry Boulevard.

Megan Tomasic: 843-626-0343, @MeganTomasic

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