MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Increased popularity of a Mt. Pleasant park has led town officials to propose park rental fees for large groups who would like to hold events in the area.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park has become a popular area for groups to hold events as the park has not charged any kind of fees for its use. The town's Economic Development Committee approved a plan Monday to begin charging large groups to hold events at the park.
Town officials say the new fees will cover the costs of police and park maintenance costs while limiting the number of events at the park. This will allow the public to enjoy the park without worrying about it being overcrowded.
Mt. Pleasant Town Council will vote on the new fees on October 9. Because it's an added fee, the town will hold two public hearings on the proposal before it is adopted.
The park has not charged organizations to use its grounds since it opened in 2005.
The proposed fees for park use will be determined by the number of guests who will be in attendance.
Groups up to 240 people - $200
Groups of 250 to 499 people - $400
Groups of 500 to 2,000 people - $1,000.
Officials say one Saturday a month will be reserved specifically for use by the Mt. Pleasant residents with no rental availability.
The town currently rents out two areas of Memorial Waterfront Park – Cooper River Room and Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion – with fees changing depending on what day the event will be held.