Kansas Town Mulls RV Park Proposal
The city council in Girard, Kan., heard a proposal on July 7 on the possible construction of a 25-site RV park in a former roadside park east of town.
The proposed park is the brainchild of City Administrator Gary Emry and members of the city staff as a way to utilize otherwise unused property and attract additional tourism dollars to this southeast Kansas community of 3,000 residents, according to the Pittsburg (Kan.) Morning Sun.
Plans call for construction of 15 full-service pads for campers and 10 “primitive” tent camping sites, a covered shelter with two play areas, shower and restroom facility, Wi-Fi access for the entire park, a meditation garden and possibly bridges at either end to cross the creek that borders the park to provide access by foot or golf cart to the nearby county fairgrounds and the golf course.
“If we do this right it will be a nice little park,” Emry said. “It could be one of the nicest in the area.”
Initial cost estimates call for a start-up investment of $35,000 from city coffers, with most of the work done by city staff. Emry is also studying other ways to accomplish the initial construction, including recruitment of outside groups to help, to possibly decrease that investment or get more done with the same amount of money to start, he said.
Proposed daily costs per space were set at $18 for a recreational vehicle and $8 for tent camping sites. Based on 33% occupancy rate, figured on 210 operational days a year, the RV park could bring in almost $24,250 per year. In that scenario, the initial proposed investment would be recouped in the second year of operation, Emry said
“With the finished product, I want it to be picturesque, as pretty as it can be, so when people spend the night they'll want to tell five more people about it and we'll have it full. That would be idea.”