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Two coastal state parks are gearing up for major improvements to help ease crowding and improve the parks’ appearance.

Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park are tapped for million-dollar projects in the coming year, including infrastructure and campground remodels, said Marion Edmonds, S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism spokesman.

Myrtle Beach State Park has about $2 million allocated for paving projects and sewer upgrades – projects needed because of the park’s heavy traffic, Edmonds said.

“It’s not a huge park, but it’s on the beach, so it gets a lot of use for such a little area,” Edmonds said. “People are going to find that movement around the park will improve after the paving.”

The state has allocated about $1 million for Huntington Beach’s renovations on a 55-year-old campground at the south end of the park, Edmonds said.

The site was originally constructed in 1960 but hasn’t been in service for several years, Ranger J.W. Weatherford, Huntington’s assistant manager, said. The park has 140 campsites but only 24 are full-service, so rangers are hoping the renovations create at least 50 more full-service areas.

“Essentially it’s really going to attract more of the RVs,” Weatherford said. “That’s going to open up more sites for the tent campers, so it’s really a win-win for everyone.”

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