Officials and residents gathered at the newly re-opened Waccamaw Park Thursday for a ribbon-cutting and to dedicate the playground to the Purvis Brown family, who donated land to make the park’s renovation and expansion possible.
Brunswick County originally acquired the land on Waccamaw School Road in Ash in 1978, and began construction of a park. In 2012, plans began to renovate and update the park, bringing it into ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and adding new ballfields, renovations to existing ballfields, new tennis courts, additional parking spaces, a concession stand with restrooms, and a picnic shelter and playground, as well as renovating existing ballfields.
The Purvis Brown family donated a one-acre easement of land to enable the renovations at the park, as much of the land surrounding it is wetlands and not usable for the park expansion. Thursday, Pat Purvis Brown and Doug Brown were joined by County Vice Chair Randy Thompson, Commissioners Marty Cooke and Mike Forte, School Board Member Catherine Cooke, and county staff and residents for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.
“I was born and raised on the other side of Waccamaw School,” Purvis Brown said, referring to the school adjacent to Waccamaw Park. “My grandfather came here in 1925, and he dedicated part of his
property to help build the school. My father donated land for the school [for renovations]. It’s our desire to carry on their legacy, preserve their legacy. Our family is one who gives back, and how grateful we are to beautiful, bountiful Brunswick County. We treasure it.
“We hope that the children of this community will enjoy the playground and know it was given in love.”