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What to do with Freestyle Park? The unused lot finds new owner

A view of Waccamaw Pottery and the former Hard Rock Park from the air in March 2015.
A view of Waccamaw Pottery and the former Hard Rock Park from the air in March 2015. The Sun News file photo

The site of the former Freestyle Music Park, located across the waterway off of U.S. 501, was sold a couple of days after Christmas, according to Horry County records.

The new owner’s address is local to Myrtle Beach, and the sale was finalized Dec. 27, according to the Horry County GIS map. The land was purchased for $3,545,000, Horry County online tax records show.

The sale garnered the county $3,900 in deed stamps and the state $9,200 in deed stamps.

The new owners are listed as FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC, a company located in Myrtle Beach. The listed agent for the property is a local and former Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Chair Robert S. Guyton, according to the South Carolina Secretary of State website.

Previously called the Hard Rock Park, the area once was hoped to be a major attraction just on the outskirts of Myrtle Beach. It has changed hands a few times, including when a Chinese company bought the land back in 2016. Some of the rides for the park have gone international, with one being used in Vietnam.

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The new owner’s company was organized last October. The Sun News reached out to Guyton to see what his plans for the property are but he was unavailable at time of publication.

The lot has gained some notoriety online even after its death. In fact, YouTube videos giving people a glimpse into the long-abandoned area have thousands of views.

The land is currently zoned as a planned development district, according to the GIS map, and is a prime spot for potential development for housing or another tourist attraction.

There are a variety of options for what the new landowners can build, including a mix of residential and commercial as long as a coherent plan is presented to Horry County Planning staff for approval.

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