FOLLY BEACH — Equipment is being moved into place and work to restore the Charleston County park here is about to begin.

Dredges could start pumping sand this weekend, said Andy Hammill, Charleston County Park and Recreation assistant director. “That’s the hope.”

A groin would be built once the sand is in place.

Park officials hope to re-open the popular destination by mid-summer, providing at least parking and portable bathrooms, as well as lifeguards. The park, which closed in 2011 after damage from passing Hurricane Irene, is one of only three sizable public beach parks in the Charleston area, and its closing has put pressure on the other two during the summer season. Folly drew more than 100,000 people a year; since it closed, Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island has been overrun and the Isle of Palms park has been jammed.

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