ARVC Finalizes Property Purchase Plan
During the April board meeting in Denver, Colo., the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) finalized plans to purchase five acres in the south metro Denver area of Castle Rock for its new headquarters and its proposed Center for Outdoor Hospitality, ARVC announced today (May 12).
ARVC plans to move its headquarters from Falls Church, Va., by Aug. 1.
According to a news release, ARVC is buying the property in Colorado from ARVC members Ian and Sally Steyn, owners of Castle Rock RV Park & Campground. Their park adjoins the land they sold to ARVC. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Located halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the new ARVC facility will be in a 4,200-square-foot custom-built lodge, which currently resides on the property and serves as a vacation rental unit. An architect created plans to convert the lodge into a practical working office environment without spoiling the natural flow and comfort the lodge provides. Part of the lodge’s unique history is that it was constructed in 1999 of logs from the Yellowstone fire.
The property, which sits on the border of the town of Castle Rock and Larkspur, offers the association the opportunity to develop the Center for Outdoor Hospitality.
Larkspur Mayor Sherilyn West was present for a small welcoming ceremony and hayride tour of the property on April 4.
“I’m excited that ARVC has chosen this area, it’s an ideal location,” said West. “I think the vision for the Center for Outdoor Hospitality will bring an identity to Larkspur – creating a destination spot for travelers while still maintaining a rural feel and encompassing the open space we’ve worked so hard to maintain. I’m really looking forward to the partnership we can develop.”
The Center for Outdoor Hospitality has been a vision for the industry for the past five years and now with plans to move to Douglas County, the southern part of metro Denver, ARVC can begin to fulfill this dream.
No plans have been made at this time as to when development of the center will begin, but when completed, it will focus on offering ARVC members the tools necessary to sustain financial success. It will showcase proven park development applications — based on consumer research — that will help them to enhance their facilities and offer educational programs to create successful campground operators with solid business skills.
Additionally the center will highlight the benefits of the outdoor lifestyle to the media and consumers that include strengthening of family ties, bonding with family and friends, appreciation of nature and health and fitness benefits.
“Moving the ARVC headquarters out to the Denver area is the first step in the process of developing the Center for Outdoor Hospitality,” said Linda Profaizer, ARVC CEO. “While the dream of the center won’t happen overnight, we are moving in the right direction and have already designed a possible building for the site. The opportunities that await us are tremendous; this is the just the beginning of a wonderful vision. We are so grateful to Ian & Sally Steyn for helping to make this possible.”