Red Bluff RV Resort Nears Completion
Durango RV Resorts aims to have its new recreational vehicle park in Red Bluff, Calif., completed, landscaped and up and running as soon as mid-April, but that's dependent on the weather, according to the Red Bluff Daily News.
Bill Hollenshade, a retired Humboldt County deputy sheriff, and his wife Donna will be operating the northern California resort, the first of five the Oakland-based company, GMB Realty Partners, has planned up and down California.
Construction on the site got under way early last summer with little initial fanfare, although it had been in the planning stage since at least 2004. The company and the city worked together for more than two years to come up with a satisfactory project.
The city is getting considerable return for it, including developed walking and bike riding trails along the Sacramento River and under the Interstate 5 bridge to the east where the developer is giving land to the city in perpetuity for a park.
The project has resulted in major clean-up of the area under and near the bridge, including the hauling away of literally tons of trash and debris, much of it left by transients who have for years camped or slept under or near the bridge.
Currently the majority of the pads have been poured and construction of the club houses and the office are fairly close to completion. Paving of interior roadways, construction of three large fountains and landscaping remain. Weather will be a key factor as to when all of it is completed.
Hollenshade said he's been fielding a lot of questions in recent months, both locally, from RV groups and from individuals. "There's a cry for RV parks that meet the needs of the traveling public," he said. "Currently, there are none north of San Diego that fill the bill as this soon will.”
And while overnighters are expected to at first be the biggest business, Hollenshade says Durango is aiming to become a destination park.
"This area has so much to offer," he said, pointing out recreational opportunities, historical sites, Lake Red Bluff and proximity to Mount Lassen, among others. He said as RVers come, it could mean an upswing in business for local merchants, especially the downtown area and the good restaurants in both Red Bluff and Antelope.
The resort already has contracted with a local outdoorsman to provide visitors with jet boat rides on the river. They'll also be offered to local residents.
Also offered will be rentals of the lodge, kitchen and 150-seat capacity meeting room for local use. That might include all sorts of business and social gatherings, often utilizing the pool and poolside area.
He anticipates the majority of clientele will be retirees. But he also expects the park will attract the young families who rent a recreational vehicle for part of the summer.
There are no size restrictions. The park will have 24-hour security.
As for length of stay, the park will offer daily, weekly and monthly rates. They've yet to be firmly set, but looking at an overnight stay, "we're probably talking around $35 for a regular site," he said. Campers will pay a bit more for some, like those near the riverside.
He said the prices likely will be a bit higher than others along the highway charge, but they will be "competitive with others places, and we offer a bit more."
This is a service business, Hollenshade said, and "we want to cater to our customers; we want to give them a bang for their bucks. After their stay, all we want to hear from our customers are three words: "I'll be back.'" He's confident they'll be hearing that a lot.
Some of what Durango RV Resort will offer: