Good Summer Awaits Horn Lake Jellystone Park

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February 14, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Entrance to Jellystone Park at Horn Lake, miss.

Two months after the expansion groundbreaking of Memphis Jellystone Park in Horn Lake, Miss., owner Keith Russell is remaining upbeat, The Commercial Appeal reported.

It's all about staying optimistic despite the snowy weather woes that won't exactly allow the project to be finished by the original completion date.

"We hoped to have it ready by (March 15), but we're not going to make it," said Russell, "but we've got nine days of good weather, so we hope to make a lot of headway this next week."

When the 30 acres off U.S. 51 reaches capacity, the number of recreational vehicle sites will grow from 114 to 154. It's also going to include six cabins, which doubles the current amount.

"We should have a good summer and fall," said Russell, who along with his wife, Penny, will be celebrating four years in DeSoto County on June 7. "We think we're good for the area and the area is good for us."

Keith and Penny Russell

Entering the week, Jellystone had already locked in four rallies, which according to Russell is RV enthusiasts traveling together and visiting different parts of the country.

"We've got one coming out of Northern Michigan in May," he said. "They'll be here four or five days and that's good business for us. They do a lot of eating out and they'll do Graceland, Beale (Street) — all of the tourist stuff.

"Most of them are retired. It's kind of neat, though, when we get a call out of Michigan to come to us."

Russell didn't disclose the financial figures of the expansion project, yet he did confirm it was a great time to build.

"We got good prices on everything," the 63-year-old Russell said. "Some of the contractors are struggling, but with everything fixing to happen, I think there will be work for everybody."

Buoyed by the smiling face of Yogi Bear, Jellystone is enhancing its kid-friendly look with a new basketball court and blowup water attractions.

Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker says everything about the Russells has been a positive.

"It's been an impressive journey with those two because they've done exactly what they said they wanted to do," Baker said. "It's really put Horn Lake on the map as far as a destination."

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