ARVC Identifies More Expanding Campgrounds
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has identified additional RV parks and campgrounds in Ohio, Colorado and South Dakota that are undergoing expansions or improvements for the 2009 season and beyond.
Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence: This park plans to invest more than $130,000 in improvements this year, many of which are green initiatives. These include converting the park’s indoor pool from chlorine to a saline and UV light cleaning program; installing solar panels to help heat the pool; and replacing the park office’s propane heating system with a wood burning furnace fueled by lawn and tree clippings generated from the park’s 500 acres of forest.
Dogwood Valley Camping Resort in Mt. Gilead: This 209-site park is undergoing $600,000 worth of improvements this year, which include new water, sewer and electrical upgrades for most of its campsites; the remodeling of two bathrooms to ADA standards; the addition of 10 premium tent sites by the creek; plus a general cleanup of existing grounds. The porch in front of the existing camp store will also be converted into an Internet café with upscale coffee and pastries offered in the morning. Additional improvements are slated for 2010, including a new swimming pool, cabins and a new camp store.
Lock 30 Woodlands RV Resort in Lisbon: This 66-site park, which features several historic red barns from the late 1800s as well as the last unrestored lock on the historic Sandy and Beaver Canal, is embarking on more than $40,000 worth of improvements this year. These include installation of handcrafted, colonial-style shutters on several of the historic barns, which have been renovated for use as a gatehouse and registration area, camp store, equipment building and clubhouse. The owners also plan to erect colonial-style cupolas on two of the barns. The campground is also expanding eight of its campsites so that they will have their own private backyard recreation areas.
Shelby-Mansfield KOA in Shelby: This park has purchased seven park model cabins in the past three years, which it markets as “Kamping Lodges.” “The lodges help with family reunions and friends of campers that want to camp, but do not have a camper,” said park co-owner Garry Cole.
Stony Ridge KOA in Perrysburg: This park expects to spend roughly $12,000 in improvements this year, which will include completing a pavilion and providing guests with assorted games, crafts and hayrides as entertainment. Other improvements include upgrading a water treatment system and making improvements to the park’s miniature golf course.
Woodside Lake Park in Streetsboro: This family campground, located 35 miles southeast of Cleveland, plans to invest more than $12,000 in a variety of improvements this year, including a new Wi-Fi system, new signage and lighting for the entrance drive and basketball courts, driveway improvements; and new washers and dryers.
As part of its ongoing PR campaign, ARVC singled out the following parks:
Blue Spruce RV Park and Cabins in Bayfield: This park plans to invest more than $10,000 this year in a variety of improvements, including new flooring in three cabins; new doors, bookshelves and a new fireplace mantle in the recreation hall; new playground equipment and fencing for the playground; as well as 50-amp electrical service at three campsites.
Chalk Creek Campground and RV park in Nathrop: This park is spending about $35,000 this year to relocate the park’s RV storage area to a different location on the property. New fencing is also being installed to dress up the entrance to the park.
Durango Riverside Resort & RV Park in Durango: This park recently spent $500,000 expanding and upgrading half of the park’s RV sites with cement pads as well as new utility hookups. Other improvements include the installation of two new deluxe cabins on the river, a new heated bathhouse and a new privacy fence around the park pool.
Falcon Meadow RV Campground in Falcon: This park plans to spend about $5,000 improving entrances and exits to 12 of its campsites. This includes landscaping improvements using railroad ties and decorative rock.
Jellystone Park of Estes Park: This park has spent $7,000 enlarging 20 campsites to accommodate 20-by-20-foot tents. The park has also added tent pads, which provide a softer surface for campers to sleep on.
Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction: This park, which spent $43,000 last year on a splash pad, a new playground and arcade games, is planning to invest another $6,000 in additional improvements this year, including native, drought-tolerant plants from the CSU Extension and a local nursery. The park is also purchasing gravel for campsites and roadways.
Mobile City RV Park in Grand Junction: Reed Mitchell purchased this 50-year-old park three years ago and has invested more than $200,000 in improvements, which include increasing electrical service to the park’s RV sites; installing new sewer lines; adding Wi-Fi and cable TV service; expanding the park’s laundry and installing a propane tank for guest use. The park has 44 RV sites, five cottages and 60 mobile homes as well as an RV sales lot, Bob Scott RVs, which is located next door.
Montrose RV Resort in Montrose: This park plans to invest about $10,000 in mostly landscape-related improvements this year. Other improvements during the past two years include the addition of 13 pull-through sites with 50-amp electrical service as well as eight other back-in campsites, half with 50-amp service and half with 30-amp service; the addition of a new 35-foot open air pavilion; the remodeling of an existing open-air pavilion into a two-office suite with a conference room; adding a hot tub and a new fence to the pool area; the addition of one new, log-sided park model cabin to complement the park’s four existing rental cabins.
Snowy Peaks RV Park in Buena Vista: This 80-site park, located at the 8,000-foot level in the Arkansas River Valley roughly 100 miles west of Larkspur, plans to invest more than $21,000 in improvements this year. The money will be used to make various campsite improvements, including the creation of one supersite. Cable TV service will also be added to campsites that currently do not have it. The park also plans to install a new play structure and improve its laundry facility.
Woodland RV Park in Woodland: This park has recently spent close to $150,000 removing trees to better accommodate larger RVs. The park has also upgraded its campsites with 50-amp service, added new pavement and gravel and new landscaping, including an elk sculpture.
Beaver Lake Campground in Custer: This 103-site park, which includes 81 RV sites, eight cabins, three tipis and 11 tent sites, has invested more than $1 million in improvements during the past eight years, according to park owner Max Hammer, who serves as president of the South Dakota Campground Owners Association. Improvements slated for this year include construction of a clubhouse, remodeling of the camp office and store and leveling of campsites. The park, which is heavily forested with ponderosa pine, is open year round.
Big Pine Campground in Custer: This 47-site park, which abuts Black Hills National Forest, plans to spend more than $15,000 in improvements this year, which include the purchase of a park model and yurt for use as rental accommodations. The park also plans to upgrade several campsites with 50-amp electrical service. Motion detectors will be installed in several areas of the park to save energy costs. Other recent improvements include the purchase of two other park models for use as rental accommodations and the installation of Wi-Fi service.
Camp America Salem in Salem: This park is planning to renovate its pool this year. The owner has also converted half a dozen campsites to pull-through sites to better accommodate travelers with big rigs.
Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort in Spearfish: This new park, which is open year-round, is continuing on the expansion mode with plans to build a 9-hole golf course that could be completed as early as August. The resort also plans to build a covered reception area for family reunions and receptions and a fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs. Last year, the resort added 12 fully furnished cabins, making a grand total of 36 available rental cabins, while completing a playground area for children with top of the line equipment.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Sioux Falls: This park is investing roughly $60,000 in improvements this year, which will be used to build a new full-service cabin; pay for new landscaping and the addition of a corn maze, which will open in late summer. Last year, the park spent $150,000 on a new cabin, a jumping pillow, a new patio area, hot tub and an additional playground area.