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Park Group Seeks Oklahoma Tax Dollars

Officials from the Lake Texoma Association are asking Oklahoma lawmakers for funding to restore recreational facilities at Texoma State Park, according to KXII-TV, Sherman, Texas. The Lake Texoma Association board of directors recently passed a resolution asking state lawmakers for money to restore all of the park’s campground facilities to where they were six years ago. LTA directors want to have all campsites around Lake Texoma restored by May 1, 2008. Directors say they are urging Oklahoma lawmakers... Read more

C&O Canal Park Bans Outside Firewood

The National Park Service is asking that visitors who use campgrounds or picnic areas in C&O Canal National Historical Park near Hagerstown, Md., not bring firewood from outside the park, according to the Picket News, Hagerstown. Firewood may contain non-native insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Bringing firewood into the park from other areas may accidentally spread pest insects and diseases that threaten the health of the park's forest. "We are asking... Read more

Happy New Year from WOODALLSCM.com!

The WOODALLSCM.com website will be idle Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 as staff observes the New Year holiday. The site returns on Wednesday and will feature limited posting for the remainder of the week – if something breaks, we will keep you informed. Thanks to all our subscribers for a great year, and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.  Read More →

Bare Bones Park Attracts Campers

The Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Roadrunner RV Park near Los Alamos, N. M., won’t make any national magazine’s Top 10 places to visit – there are no showers, no landscaping and no concrete pads. But the lack of amenities in the gravel parking lot hasn’t stopped an average of 20 campers a night from making the long-defunct weigh station for trucks a temporary home since it opened in September, according to the Santa Fe (N. M.) New Mexican. Dave Brazda, director of realty for the Pueblo of Pojoaque,... Read more

Campers Escape Cold on Jekyll Island, Ga.

Glen Mauck rolled into the Jekyll Island Campground on the Georgia coast last week after a long ride from Cheyenne, Wyo. It wasn't long before Mauck saw some familiar faces – Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus and his reindeer. Settled in for the winter, Mauck said the inflatable Christmas characters were among the decorations he puts up each year for his stay on an island where the Christmas lights sparkle, according to the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. The Maucks are not unique. About five... Read more

KOA is A-OK for 2 RV Parks

For the past 17 years, Nory Schultz has called “Town and Country RV Park” home, but no more. Schultz will now call the park, renamed Daytona Speedway KOA home, according to the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal. The park is one of two campgrounds owned by the O’Dwyer family that recently joined the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) network. The other park, Orange Isles Campground in Port Orange, is now Daytona Beach KOA. “We always liked it because of the location,” Schultz said about the park... Read more

RV Park on Industrial Canal to Expand

Mention of New Orleans’ Industrial Canal evokes certain images: a gritty shipping hub, for starters, and the scene of a tragic levee breach that ravaged the Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina. A bucolic vacation spot, however, does not come to mind. But don’t tell that to dozens of campers who park their RVs on 20 waterfront acres along the canal in eastern New Orleans, according to The Times Picayune, New Orleans. “They love it,” said Mark Delesdernier, who opened the New Orleans RV... Read more

Texas Allocates Funds for State Parks

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) plans to spend $4.35 million to upgrade Cedar Hill State Park near Dallas, $3.67 million for repairs at Bastrop State Park near Austin and $1.55 million on cabin renovations and other repairs at Garner State Park in the Hill Country. Another $1 million will be used to repair the infrastructure of Sea Rim State Park, damaged by Hurricane Rita in 2005. TPWD hopes to reopen that coastal park, near the Texas-Louisiana border, at some point next year, according... Read more

RVIA Gives Nod to New Energy Package

New fuel standards for the majority of vehicles that tow recreational vehicles likely won't be set until sometime in 2009 under legislation passed by Congress and signed Wednesday (Dec. 19) by President Bush. “It looks like it will be awhile,” said Jay Landers, senior director for government affairs for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Although the 35-mpg fleet standard in the new law will capture sport utility recreational vehicles (SURVs), a separate standard will be... Read more

LSI Sponsors Aquatics Course in March

Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) will sponsor a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) aquatic facility certification program March 13-14 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati, Ohio. The training program is for managers and operators of aquatic facilities. The certification course is specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public and municipal pool or waterpark facilities. The program offers a unique discussion of risk management, not usually directed toward operations... Read more

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