Hanahan’s new amphitheater a great place to visit — if you can find it

Berkeley County Councilmen Ken Gunn (left) and Phillip Farley visit the city's new amphitheater, which is set to open this fall. Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com/staff 8/19/2013 Buy this photo

Hanahan’s new amphitheater is a hidden gem.

So much so that even people who are looking for it have a hard time finding it.

As a result, few folks attended a gathering Monday that included a tour of the new park. Others talked about having difficulty locating the 3102 Mabeline Road site.

The park, which is still under construction, is behind the city’s Senior Center, overlooking the Goose Creek Reservoir. To go there, visitors turn in at Hanahan Elementary from Mabeline Road and then turn right toward the Senior Center.

In the works for almost a decade, the park boasts a walking trail that winds among the trees, a state-of-the-art $1 million amphitheater for performances and a tiered, grassy lawn for spectators.

On Monday, state Treasurer Curtis Loftis attended as part of an effort to visit “well-run” municipalities throughout the state. Local legislators, county and city council members also attended the event.

“To be or not to be,” Loftis said, standing in front of the stage. “There, I am now the first person to perform Shakespeare in the park.”

Loftis went on to praise Mayor Minnie Newman-Caldwell and city leaders for spending money on a project “that’s not for you all, but for the folks you represent.”

Plans call for adding a large playground, a pier and picnic shelters in later phases.

City administrator Johnny Cribb said officials hope the site will attract events, such as concerts, festivals and even weddings.

Activities planned for the fall include a movie in the park on Sept. 21 and an old-fashioned fall festival on Nov. 16.

Reach Brenda Rindge at 937-5713 or facebook.com/brindge.

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