Sign Snafu Won’t Stop New Jellystone Park in Maine
Visitors to Maine’s Somerset County should have no trouble finding Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison once it opens this summer, the Kennebec Morning Sentinel reported.
The Skowhegan Board of Selectmen Tuesday (Jan. 11) night, however, had trouble finding the proposed site of an official business directional sign to be erected for the new summer RV and camping park. The location was not included in the application for the sign, so selectmen were forced to table the question until they know where the sign will be installed in their town. The vote was 5-0.
Jellystone Park, part of a national chain, will be at the former Yonder Hill Campground, just over the Madison town line on U.S. Route 201. The park, with 120 campsites including 90 with full hookup, cable TV connections and high-speed Internet access, is one of 76 nationwide and the only Jellystone in Maine, said park owner Allen York.
“We became a member this past summer to get in on promotions, but we officially will be opening next season as Jellystone,” York said.
York, whose wife and business partner, Pam, died in November, said there are definite advantages to having a national brand.
“It’s a bigger draw because of the brand and the Yogi theme,” he said. “Also they are noted to be the best parks in America, as far as how they are put together; they’ve got a real good reputation, good following.”
The park offers a playground, a large swimming pool, an arcade, cabins and a recreation hall in the Ranger Station, all with the Yogi Bear and Boo Boo theme. York said he has invested $100,000 in modifications and improvements to the park to fit the Jellystone mold.
“I just figured I’d separate myself from the crowd, and I’m going to be a bigger draw,” he said. “I still own the park; I just incorporated their franchise as part of my business. I didn’t have to pay for the franchise, but I’ve improved my park by tenfold of what it was. You have to have a certain level of quality before they’ll accept you in as a franchise.”
York said he plans to put add a water park and miniature golf course during the next few years.