Arkansas Town to Reopen Campground
After much deliberation and a site visit, Beaver, Ark., town officials have decided to reopen the Beaver RV Park this year for camping, shooting for an April 1 open date.
Full services will not be available, however.
Meeting in the city council on Feb. 12, Mayor Mary Hill presented a hand-drawn map of the park’s 32 campsites and noted the tent sites on the waterfront are so choked with mud from last year's flooding they are unusable for camping, according to the Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs.
The council also discussed and decided not to offer septic service or showers, but flush toilets will still be available. Because the park has no percable land for a septic leach field, the tanks have to be pumped, which is costly, Hill said."We have four tanks. (The contractor) was charging $175 per tank," she said. "We have no money to pay for septic."
The park was closed all last year due to flooding, so no day use or camping fees were collected. Even with a fully operative season, the park barely breaks even because of the high cost of septic and contract wages.
Still, aldermen felt it was important to open the park after a year of it being closed.
The town will take applications for park managers and relief managers.