The 125 acres of land where the former Freestyle Music Park once stood has been sold.
According to Horry County tax records, the site was sold for $3,545,000 on Dec. 28, 2018. Records show it was purchased by FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC, which was registered as a business with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office in Oct. 2018.
In 2008, the site was home to the Hard Rock Music Park. The defunct park was then sold to FPI MB Entertainment for $25 million in 2009 to become Freestyle Music Park, which closed that same year.
Some rides from the park have since been sold, including a large steel roller coaster, which is now the centerpiece of Dragon Park in Ha Long, Vietnam. The park opened in Jan. 2017.
On WMBF News' Facebook page, many have speculated as to what they think the land will ultimately be used for. Some have suggested an amphitheater or drive-in movie theater, while others hoped for an indoor hockey rink.
Some neighbors said they’ve heard chatter of an RV park, but no rumors have been confirmed.
Plans have been submitted by the new developers of the former Hard Rock Park/Freestyle Music Park property to rezone the Waccamaw Pottery Outlets mall section of the park, paving the way for a distribution district that could include storage, warehouses, breweries and some indoor recreation elements. This proposal would not rezone the majority of the total property, leaving much of the former park's land for theme park use only, though the purchaser of the land has been quoted previously as saying that the land would not be used for a new theme park.
The location of the proposed distribution district within the former Freestyle Music Park property. (Courtesy: Horry County)
Developers are trying to bring a new purpose to the site that was supposed to be one of the biggest attractions in the Myrtle Beach area.
It looks like the beginning of a Halloween horror movie: an amusement park abandoned a decade ago. Near the interchange for U.S. Highway 501 and George Bishop Parkway is the site of the former Freestyle Music Park, which closed in 2009. It opened in 2008 under the name Hard Rock Park.
The property’s owners, which include former Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes, now want to get some of this land in the Fantasy Harbour district of Horry County back up and running.
“There’s interest in that area from a redevelopment standpoint and this is sort of the first step in getting there,” said Sean Hoelscher of DDC Engineers.
The developers are asking the county to rezone a northern part of the property. The goal is to make it a warehousing and distribution district.
The plan does not mention any redevelopment of the rest of the property where most of Freestyle Music Park was. Right now, the whole property essentially can only be used as an amusement park.
A distribution district would allow businesses in a 300,000-square-foot building to have one of about 30 different uses. Those include warehouses, storage, breweries, indoor recreation and several different types of manufacturing.
The building would be redeveloped in up to four phases.
“They are looking to potentially subdivide the building, a few simple lots for certain portions of the building,” said county planner John Danford.
At a county planning commission workshop Thursday, Hoelscher said splitting up the building would allow more flexibility for any business looking to revive part of the old amusement park.
“We’ve instituted the phase system, the phase lines, which will provide the redevelopment of the existing structure in a timely and efficient manner,” he said.
A public hearing about this proposal is scheduled for the next county planning commission meeting Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
The phasing plan for the 300,000-square-foot building on the north side of the former Freestyle Music Park site. (Courtesy: Horry County)
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Out of curiosity, I drove past the old Hard Rock Park / Freestyle Music Park on the way back to the airport. I was interested to see what (if anything) was still standing.
Much to my surprise, the park sign still sits at the corner of Fantasy Harbour Boulevard and George Bishop Parkway.
For obvious reasons, the park has blocked off the parking lot and has many no tresspassing signs, but I was able to catch a glimpse of the abandoned parking lot and entrance plaza from the adjacent Crossfit Complex.
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