MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, has announced the reopening of the Springmaid Pier at the southern end of South Carolina’s famed Grand Strand.
Badly damaged during Hurricane Mathew in 2016, reconstruction of the pier began in May 2019, following approvals from federal, state, and local agencies. Once the work started, the year-long construction process proceeded without interruption, allowing the pier to reopen in time for the summer travel season as projected.
“This project has been highly anticipated for a long time now, with many fans of the pier anxious for it to reopen,” said DoubleTree Resort general manager Michael Frits. “Reopening the Springmaid Pier for summer is a great way to safely welcome people back after weeks of isolation.”
Consistently ranked a hotspot for locals, resort guests, and visitors to enjoy walking, fishing, and
strolling, the pier is once again open for daily use, while following Myrtle Beach’s social distancing guidelines. Benches located on the pier are separated by six feet in length and all employees will be complying with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Upon opening, some of the pier’s amenities and services may only be available on a limited basis.
“We celebrate the reopening of the Springmaid Pier and the return of a significant symbol of South
Carolina tourism,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “It underscores the timeless appeal of the Grand Strand and the great experiences families have enjoyed in South Carolina for generations.”
The nearby gift and tackle shop and Southern Tide Bar & Grille are also open and adhering to social distancing protocol. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront is also welcoming overnight guests, although some amenities and offerings may be limited due to federal, state, and local executive orders and guidelines still in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
Built in 1953 as part of the original Springmaid Resort, the Springmaid Pier became a popular landmark for the area and is now recognized as one of the longest piers on the east coast of the
U.S. After reconstruction, the pier is once again 1,680 feet long and 24 feet wide, and offers ample amenities such as benches, fish cleaning/washing stations, and restrooms.
To better protect the pier from future storm damage, it has been reinforced with steel rather than
timber and is raised at the end to combat future storm surge. Construction was done by South
Carolina-based Cape Romain Contractors.