Texas Parks In Expansion Mode
The economy may be mired in recession, but that hasn’t stopped Texas RV resort owners from collectively investing millions of dollars in new campsites, cabins and other upgrades, according to a news release.
“The recession is temporary, and most campground and RV resort operators believe that it behooves them to move forward with their improvement plans if they want to remain competitive with other travel and tourism options,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Consider La Hacienda RV Resort in Austin, which just completed a $5 million expansion that resulted in the quadrupling of the size of the resort from 60 to 240 sites, 88 of which are extra-large, pull through sites. Other improvements include construction of a 1.5-acre manmade lake bordered by a granite walking path and the addition of seven recreational park trailer cabins, boosting its total cabin count to 15.
“We think these investments are worthwhile,” said Ken Butschek, managing member and part owner of La Hacienda RV Resort, adding that his cabins have already sold out for spring break and his summer reservations are coming in at a rapid pace.
Other Texas parks that are expanding or investing in major improvements this year include:
And while some private parks are holding off on improvements for the time being, many who are moving forward with improvements say they are encouraged by strong levels of consumer interest in camping.
“People are making reservations left and right,” said Joe Moore, manager of The Vineyards, adding, “If the trend continues, our business levels will be stronger than last year.”