CONWAY/MYRTLE BEACH Rail Trail
Much discussion and activity in recent months surround a rail trail between Conway and Myrtle Beach, thus preserving the natural and unique ecosystems. The bottom line is that if successful, the trail would link the Carolina Forest multipurpose path to Conway and Myrtle Beach!
The City of Conway learned from public input sessions that citizens want more trails and specifically, a trail from the Waccamaw River Park to Coastal Carolina University (CCU). The City of Myrtle Beach met with the County’s Infrastructure committee and proposed that the City incorporate the railroad corridor into a park system that links its downtown redevelopment plan. This past May, CCU hosted a trail summit for county planners and parks & recreation staff. Also attending were Department of Transportation, Parks, Recreation & Tourism and the regional planning authority (Grand Strand Area Transportation Authority). The purpose of the Summit was to learn how to get trail plans to shovel-ready status, thus qualifying for state and federal infrastructure funds. The consensus at the summit – trail efforts should be consolidated and recommendations made to the RIDE 4 Commission that the program fund trail construction from Conway to the Waterway, thus linking the Carolina Forest multipurpose path, offering a tremendous and additional recreational opportunity for the Carolina Forest community.
A Strategic Vision plan for the trail system was presented to the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board this past July. Favorably received, in recent months the Board will consider the recommendations in the Strategic Vision. This information is shared to make the Carolina Forest community aware of these developments. The Strategic Vision presentation can be viewed at: http://www.hunt4cleanair.net/Articles/seaboard.pdf