New York KOA Earns Business of Year Honor
The Orleans County (N.Y.) Chamber of Commerce on Saturday (Sept. 11) will honor the Medina Wildwood Lake KOA as its business of the year during its 12th Annual Awards Dinner at White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville, N.Y.
Being named Orleans County Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year is a big honor for the owners, Rob and Rachel Kaiser, who came to Orleans County and purchased the campground in 2004. They were strangers to the area.
“It means the people in the community recognize and appreciate what we are doing here,” Rachel said.
What the Kaisers have done during seven seasons at the campground on County Line Road is major cleanup. They overhauled basically every building on the grounds, built a new swimming pool and activity hall, added two new playgrounds and a jumping pillow, built a basketball court, added cabins and lodges, revamped site areas, upgraded electricity and joined the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) franchise.
“It’s great for the county to have this national franchise,” she said.
In 2009, the Kaisers received KOA’s President’s Award, based on the company’s inspection of the campground and customer feedback. They have been rated No. 1 in growth among KOA’s 482 member campgrounds, Rob Kaiser said.
Running the campground is a family affair. The Kaisers, including children Layla, 12, Madeline, 10, and Gabriel, 4, move to Wildwood from North Tonawanda every summer.
The campground offers more than 300 sites, from bare bones campsites to full-service sites with water, sewer and — some with cable and Wi-Fi. Two new lodges accommode eight and four individuals.
A lake on the property offers swimming, fishing and boating. Other features include boat rentals, planned activities, golf cart rentals, a pavilion for groups and a redemption-style gameroom. Every Saturday, Mr. Kaiser gives the children rides in a restored firetruck.
Medina/Wildwood Lake KOA is open from May 1 to Columbus Day weekend.