Myrtle Beach South Carolina is building a new oceanfront boardwalk, hoping to increase downtown business. The boardwalk will be about one mile long , beginning at the Fourteenth Avenue Pier and ending at the Second Avenue Pier. Many people think the boardwalk will be able to take the place of the long gone Pavillion.
The Myrtle Beach Pavillion was built in 1908 and torn down in 2006. Since then, the Myrtle Beach downtown has suffered from a lack of business. The Pavillion was the heart of Myrtle Beach . Every summer tourists and locals would flock to the Pavillion to ride the amusements, eat funnel cakes and play the games of chance. The Pavillion had a unique merry-go-round with horses and other animals. There was a lion, an ostrich, a tiger, a dragon, two dogs, a frog and a few other unusual creatures to sit on. My family and I vacationed in Myrtle Beach for many summers and have fond memories of the Pavillion. My daughter always said ”I want to ride on the dog, while my son preferred the tiger.” There was also a wonderful old pipe organ that everyone watched, which has been relocated to Broadway at the Beach. I also recall organ grinders walking around the park with little monkeys begging for pennies. The teenagers would visit the Magic Attic, a teenage night club, where they could dance and have fun. Most of all I remember the happy crowds of people in the downtown area. Can a boardwalk restore those crowds and happy feelings?
I recently decided to visit the downtown and have a look around. What a difference, a few years makes. Yes, there were still people walking about, but the excitement of the Pavillion was lost. There is a big empty dirt space where the Pavillion use to stand. Sure, there are still attractions available; Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Guiness Book of World Records Museum,and souvenir and tee shirt shops galore. However, business owners say sales have not been as good without the Pavillion attraction.
Can a new oceanfront boardwalk bring the downtown area back to life? Wildwood, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland and Rehobeth Beach, Delaware have all reaped the benefits of a boardwalk. So , why not Myrtle Beach? The boardwalk will offer something for all age groups. Seniors can use the boardwalk for exercise; just walk from one end to the other.Children will love the games, rides and food the carnival section of the new boardwalk will provide. Mom can shop, while Dad watches all the pretty girls walking by. Young lovers can walk hand and hand, just enjoying each others company. Everyone can sit on the benches and watch the waves roll in and out on the sand. Even the fishermen will be delighted with the boardwalk, as the two piers are being remodeled.
In conclusion, I think a boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would be a great economic boost for the downtown area. I am a hostess at a local restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. One of the tourist recently remarked that he and his family would not be returning to Myrtle Beach anymore. He said they miss the excitement the Pavillion brought to Myrtle Beach. Who knows? Maybe an oceanfront boardwalk will bring him and other locals and tourists back to Myrtle Beach. Soon you might hear, ” Meet me at the boardwalk.”