Generations have stopped off at Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park seeking out new memories of the traditional boardwalk-style amusement park's comforts and atmosphere, but, after the 2006 season, memories will be all that lingers of the park.
For 58 years, the Pavilion has stood as a staple of Myrtle Beach, situated between Ocean Boulevard, 8th Avenue, King's Highway and 9th Avenue. However, the park will succumb to redevelopment interests after this season.
Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., owner of Myrtle Beach Pavilion, confirmed the closure yesterday following years of pressure from redevelopers seeking to replace the seasonal operation with year-round cash cows such as retail facilities, accomodations, and other indoor attractions.
Ride enthusiasts know the park primarily for its 2000 wooden coaster Hurricane: Category 5, which spans the Pavilion's 8th Avenue side with 3,800 feet of track. Among a variety of other thrill-rides is the 1998 wild mouse coaster dubbed Mad Mouse.
The fates of those rides and other potential relocations from the Pavilion are currently undisclosed. Details on the fate of the land, however, are currently being determined, and an announcement on those plans is expected in May.
Myrtle Beach Pavilion begins its final season a week from today.