The Market Common

Parks & Playgrounds

In addition to all that The Market Common has to offer, it is located in one of the most well-appointed parts of town.  Just blocks from the beach, it is surrounded by parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities, museums and a library.  Nestled in with our shops and restaurants is Valor Park where our summer concerts and movies are held.  That is across Farrow Parkway from Grand Park with its bridges over Grand Lake that lead to Crabtree Gym  featuring indoor basketball and racquetball courts and a full program of classes.  Among its neighbors are an outdoor inline hockey rink and the vast sports fields of the Grand Park Athletic Complex which welcomes tens of thousands of athletes annually.

The parks and facilities are owned and operated by the City of Myrtle Beach.  Click on the name of these locations for more information.  If you would like to  book public events in any of Myrtle Beach’s parks, call Chris Wiggins at 843-918-2338.  For private event bookings, like weddings or family reunions, call Rhonda Edge at 843-918-2332.

A fitness trail with workout equipment is found along the mile-long walking path around Grand Lake.  Other walking trails have been established throughout the district and will be joined in the near future by Thunderbolt Park which will boast three miles of walking and biking trails beside picturesque water features and will connect to the East Coast Greenway.  If you are more adventurous with your biking, take on the A-10 Mountain Bike Trail, a 1.4 mile loop of a twisty single-track trail that is fun and fast.  The trail head is located by one of Myrtle Beach’s two dog parks, Barc Parc South on Mallard Lake Drive that becomes Howard Avenue once it crosses Pampas Drive.

The jewel in the crown of Grand Park is Savannah’s Playground, an enabling play area that  features ADA-approved playground equipment and structures designed to provide children of all abilities the opportunity for social interaction.  Other playgrounds are found near Grand Lake’s main bridge and in the middle of Howard Avenue on the esplanade where a giant-sized chess set awaits just steps away.

As the entire Market Common District was formerly the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from 1956 to 1993, there are a few buildings from that era that are still in use, and parks have been created to honor those who served.  The General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center is a community gathering spot where you can rent meeting rooms, a ballroom, or take a variety of classes.  It originally served as the base’s recreation center.  The former base’s officers club, just across the street, is now the Elizabeth Mattocks Chapin public library that doubles as the campus library for HGTC, Horry Georgetown Technical College.  Residents of Horry and Georgetown Counties are invited to apply for a library card with photo identification at any of the three campus locations.  The most significant tribute to the former base is Warbird Park on Farrow Parkway at Kings Highway.  See static displays of real aircraft that once flew from here, the Wall of Service honoring veterans and civilians who were stationed at Myrtle Beach or worked at the base, and other patriotic memorials.  Historic markers are found there and throughout the district depicting the area’s military history.  Small military museums are housed at The General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center, The Crabtree Gym and , soon, in Thunderbolt Park.

Another museum nearby is the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.  It is just around the corner from the Myrtle Beach State Park on the oceanfront.  Both are across Kings Highway from the east entrance of the Market Common District.