When: Wed., July 3, 10 a.m. 2013
Folly Beach County Park is ready to offer up its sandy shores and services to locals and visitors once more. The reopening ceremony will take place just in time to celebrate Independence Day. When Hurricane Irene made her destructive landfall in 2011, Folly Beach suffered the brunt of the storm. West Folly’s public park had to be closed because of heavy erosion and damage to facilities. A renourishment project began in 2012 to get the park running again, which included research studies by Coastal Science & Engineering. Since then, 415,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach has been deposited, and a terminal groin has been constructed to help retain sand on the island over time. “A lot of time and effort on the behalf of many people has been put into bringing this project to fruition, and we are very excited to be able to reopen the park to the public,” says Sarah Reynolds of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. The park will host beachside parking spaces, lifeguards watching over the shores, and public restrooms. “Future plans may call for additional amenities, but foremost, we wanted to get the park open for visitors,” says Reynolds. The County Park will resume its former hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Labor Day.