Georgetown County Council has given the green light for a portion of property on Wildcat Way, across from Waccamaw Intermediate School to be used for JBs Celebration Park. As reported in September, Dr. Cindy Bindner has been working to make the park a reality in memory of her late husband, Jim Bindner who died in January. This was a project he had been working on before his death.
At its most recent meeting, council gave the final approval for Dr. Bindner to lease the property for 30 years at a rate of $1 per year. The park will be built with donations and possibly some grant money.
“The idea is to have a memorial-type trail with benches and flowers and trees donated by people who want to donate in honor of someone they may have lost,” she said. “He wanted this beautiful place where people can go. And he wanted a place where people can do activities, like musical things.”
Eventually, Bindner said she hopes an amphitheater can be added to the property where performances will take place. The amphitheater is part of the long-range plans.
“Probably at the beginning, we will have a place where stages can be brought in and out,” she said. She said the Pawleys Islands Festival of Music and Arts has already expressed an interest in using the site for future events.
“I foresee all sorts of things. Maybe bringing back the Crawfish Festival. Maybe having after school programs because it is right across the street from the intermediate and middle schools,” she said. “I love family movie nights. Or, a place for local artists to get out there and play.”
She said she just wants it to be the way her husband envisioned. “My husband was very musical,” she said.
Jim Bindner was a man with many talents who wore many hats. He was a chef, artist, fisherman, musician, businessman and entrepreneur. He was the owner of Gray Man and Ivory's restaurants. He was also involved in events such as the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art.