Chamber to Mark Campground’s Reopening

March 28, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on Chamber to Mark Campground’s Reopening

The Chatham (Ill.) Area Chamber of Commerce will help mark the re-opening of  the Double J Campground with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 1.

The new owners of the Double J Campground & RV Park, one of the area’s oldest campgrounds, plan to double the size of the facility in the next five years, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported. Larry Fons and wife Elizabeth completed the purchase of the campground on the Interstate 55 frontage road south of Chatham early this month. It’s a return to Illinois for Larry Fons. He grew up in Kankakee and is waiting for his family to complete the move from Florida.

The campground opened in 1970 as the Safari and later operated as the Holiday Campground. The most recent owners, Jerry and Jeri Francis, changed it to the Double J about 10 years ago.


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