Calif. County Adding Yurts to Campsites
The board of supervisors in Santa Clara County, Calif., on Feb. 12 approved the installation of 24 yurts at five county parks over the next five years, according to KNTV Ch. 11, San Francisco.
The yurts are going in at: Mt. Madonna County Park, Joseph D. Grant County Park, Sanborn County Park, Uvas Canyon County Park and Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
Modeled after traditional tents from Mongolia, modern yurts are designed to be comfortable and secure. Each one is built on a wooden platform and has deck and porch, one or two windows, a door and a skylight in the center of the roof.
The 24 yurts will go up in three phases, with most of them completed by 2011.
"We have beautiful parks here in Santa Clara County," said Supervisor Don Gage, chairman of the County’s Housing, Land Use, Environment & Transportation Committee. “This project is one example of how we are improving park facilities to make them even more attractive and user-friendly."
It will cost $32 per night for a yurt rental during the off-season months of October through March. The price goes up to $42 for the busy camping months of April through September. They will each be able to accommodate five people.
The yurts will be grouped together at the parks, giving families better access for group camping. In addition to the deck and skylight, each insulated yurt will also be outfitted with bunk beds, a queen-size futon and a table and chairs.
"Yurts have become very popular around the country," said Supervisor Pete McHugh, chairman of the board of supervisors. "They make camping easier for families with small children, older adults, or friends who want a camping experience with less set-up work."
Phase one of the project will bring 13 yurts to Mt. Madonna County Park and three to Grant. In phase two, Sanborn and Uvas will get yurts. The project finishes with five yurts at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park.
The project is expected to cost $800,000 and should bring in $1.5 million in revenue over the next 20 years, according to the parks and recreation department.