Byerly Park, a 93-acre multi-use recreation complex developed to improve to the quality of life for residents of Hartsville and the surrounding areas, is one of the finest sports facilities in the Southeast. The result of numerous land gifts to the City of Hartsville, the park is named for the Byerly Foundation, a longtime donor to the facility.
Byerly Park offers year-round activities for both youth and adult athletes. Venues such as soccer, softball, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field and horseshoes are all inclusive within Byerly Park. Those who want to enjoy the outdoors and be healthy may use out 1.2 mile lighted walking trail, the Terrence J. Herrington Track or the fitness center in the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center. In addition, Byerly Park has two playgrounds for our future athletes to play on and be a part of the action.
- 6 soccer fields
- 8 softball/baseball fields
- 2 Football fields
- 6 tennis courts
- 400 meter 8-lane track and field facility
- 1.2-mile walking and jogging trail
- 12 horseshoe pits
- Picnic area
- Concessions (during special events and tournaments)
- 2 Playgrounds
Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center
The Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center has an indoor basketball gym, indoor rubberized walking track, strength equipment, cardio equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines and more, as well as numerous fitness classes every week.
Piratesville Splash Pad
Byerly Park’s newest addition is a multifunctional water play area including water jets, water cannons, dumping buckets and water slides. Featuring trained staff on duty and concession sales, Piratesville counts among the largest splash pad facilities in South Carolina.
The splash pad operates every day except Monday when Darlington County schools are on summer vacation. One-day fees and season tickets are available during the operating season, as are private rentals before and after regular hours.
Born Learning Trail
Byerly Park is home to the Born Learning Trail, a play feature for young children which gives them a chance to have fun while improving language and literacy skills. The trail is a series of easy-to-construct activities installed along the running and walking path near the tennis courts, helping adults to engage with their children to make a trip to the park a learning experience which enhances school readiness.
The Born Learning Trail has been made possible by the United Way of Hartsville, Darlington County First Steps and Duke Energy.
Byerly Park is the most heavily-utilized recreation facility in the City of Hartsville. Beyond regular classes and exercise use, the park plays host to many local youth and adult programs throughout the spring, summer, and fall. This multi-sport complex has also hosted many invitational, district, state, collegiate, and World Series tournaments.
The facility has hosted Coker College’s Women’s Softball Conference tournament, and has also served as the site for several Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, and the Dixie Girls districts, and states tournaments. In 2012, the complex hosted the Dixie Girls Ponytail World Series, its largest tournament event ever, bringing in athletes from 11 states for 5 days of competition.
Byerly Park also hosts the Beach Blast, bringing together a variety of beach music bands for a day of fun, sun and dancing the Carolina Shag.
School District Partnerships
Byerly Park’s tennis facility and the Terrance Herrington Track and Field facility were created through a partnership between the City of Hartsville and the Darlington County School District.
This mutual agreement has allowed the needs of the school district and the community to be met successfully. The Hartsville High School Tennis and Track teams have use of the facilities during their seasons but the facilities are always open to the public as well.