Alabama Park Shortens Combined Stays
For RV enthusiasts who park in McFarland Park in Florence, Ala., during the entire summer, their days are numbered.
Twenty eight, to be exact.
That’s the maximum number of combined days campers will be allowed to stay from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to new camping rules passed by the city council, according to the Florence Times Daily.
The new limits are consistent with a trend that is appearing at municipally owned campgrounds across the U.S.
The new fee schedule also includes $3 to $4 increases in nightly rates for campsites.
“It’s not as bad as people think,” said Tina Kitchens, parks and recreation director, of complaints that some campers overstay their welcome. Kitchens estimates that about eight people stay at the campground all summer long.
On a recent overcast Wednesday, 10 RVs were scattered through the campground which is located on the Tennessee River in the northwest corner of the state.
Reservations for 2008, beginning Jan. 2, will be charged at the new rates since many of the reservations will be for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Other revised rules include: no more than two pets on site; no unauthorized motorized or battery-powered vehicles permitted in the park; even-numbered sites are available for reservations; odd-numbered sites will be first-come, first-served; reservations are nontransferable and limited to one reservation per person, although one person may make up to two reservations in another person’s name; and if a reservation is not taken within 24 hours of the scheduled time, it is forfeited.
Upgrades to the McFarland Park campground in the past two years included 22 new sites, paving of all sites, upgrades to the bathhouse, speed breakers, safety fencing, plus electrical, water and sewer hookups for all sites, according to the parks department.
Kitchens said with the reservation system comes the good and the bad.
“We made more money without the reservation system; people would stay two weeks before July 4th (to get a spot),” Kitchens said. “The positive is people can plan better.”