Texas Parks In Expansion Mode

March 18, 2009 by   - () Comments Off on 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:

  • Hill Country RV Resort and Cottage Rentals, New Braunfels: This park is in the midst of a $500,000 facelift, which includes extensive remodeling and repainting of buildings and bathhouses through the park, the addition of several recreational park trailer cabins, new landscaping, a new wireless Internet or Wi-Fi system and new washers and dryers.
  • Rayford Crossing RV Resort, Spring: This park, located in the Woodlands area north of Houston, is planning to add 50 new campsites and complete sewer system upgrades this year in addition to enhancing its premium sites with stone fire pits and privacy walls. The park’s sister resort, Timber Ridge RV Village in Magnolia, is also building a new bathhouse and library and plans to add a pool and spa and several more premium sites later this year. The cost of improvements at both parks is expected to be about $1.5 million, according to park owner Gwen Craig.
  • Sunset Point RV Resort, Marble Falls: This Hill County park is planning to add three new supersites along the shores of Lake LBJ at a cost of $68,000. The campsites will include extra large patio areas and built-in barbecues and outdoor kitchen areas.
  • The Vineyards Campground and Cabins, Grapevine: This park plans to begin making $1.5 million worth of capital improvements this year, including additional RV sites, cabins, sewer system upgrades, a new gatehouse and store and new landscaping. Geocaching and kayak rentals were also to be added to the park this spring.
    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.”

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