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Island Access for Resort Guests to Night Heron Park

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a destination for travelers from all over the world. The resort is a member of the Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA), like any other island property owner, as well as a partner, as a major Kiawah Island entity. KICA and the resort work together to ensure that the resort’s guests have friendly and efficient access to the island, while maintaining the security protocols that all our members expect.

Night Heron Park is a private park, owned by the resort. The resort has active recreational programs operating out of Night Heron Park, some of which are open to off-island guests. If an off-island guest has arranged, in advance, to attend a resort recreational program, i.e. Kamp Kiawah, the guest will be provided with a reservation confirmation. The guest will be required to show this reservation confirmation to KICA security, to receive a pass to Night Heron Park. Individuals arriving at the main gate requesting general access to Night Heron Park, its playground, basketball courts, pools, soccer field, etc. will be denied access to the island.

For special events hosted in Night Heron Park, resort staff is in contact with KICA security in advance of the event to discuss whether the event is open to members of the general public or attendance is restricted. As an example, the most recent Independence Day Festival and fireworks display was a restricted event. It was open to resort guests, outside agency on-island guests and KICA members, but off-island guests were restricted. On July 4, individuals coming to the island to attend this event at Night Heron Park were denied access to the island by KICA security.

The resort wishes to welcome its legitimate overnight and day guests to its facilities and wants to assist in preventing the abuse of its facilities in granting island access. This benefits KICA members, as well as legitimate resort guests. Conversations will be continuing between KICA and the resort, as the resort continues to work to ensure that legitimate guests have access to their island facilities in the coming months. We will highlight these changes, as they are implemented.