New RV Park Sought for Newfoundland
A development company is hoping a proposed RV park located less than two miles east of New Harbor, Newfoundland, will be up and running this year, according to a document filed with the Department of Environment and Conservation.
Anthony Developments Ltd. in North River is hoping to set up a park with 150 camping sites on Route 73 between New Harbour and Tilton. The entrance to the site would cover the former location of a senior's complex torn down several years ago. That piece of land is already the property of Anthony Development, and an application is in the province's hands to purchase additional land, the Newfoundland and Labrador Compass reported.
According to the registration document for the environmental assessment already underway, Anthony Development believes the growing popularity of RV camping has created a need for more camping grounds. It cites the activity as an enjoyable one for the entire family that encourages "stay at home" tourism.
The need for more sites to host RVs may also be linked to measures put in place two years ago by the provincial government to prevent campers from illegally occupying crown land on a long-term basis.
The proposed location for Island Pond RV Park borders the shoreline of its namesake. According to an illustration included with Anthony Development's registration, there would be a buffer zone between the park and the pond. It also highlights the location's accessibility via the paved road and its isolation from neighbouring communities and the existing cottages located five-kilometres east of the proposed site.
Like most RV parks, the camp would operate from the May 24th weekend until Labour Day. The registration document adds that the business could remain open beyond the Labor Day weekend depending on weather and public demand. It would employ two seasonal workers, with one handling clerical duties and the other dealing with maintenance and security.
An approved septic system is already on site that requires upgrading to include a dumping station, and a paved driveway remains from its prior existence as the home of a senior's complex. An artesian well already exists on the site.
Details from the registration document outline a five-to-six-week construction period for phase one. This work would involve roads, a kiosk building, and a pool, which will utilize the foundation from the old senior's complex. Installation of water and electrical services would also take place. It would leave 50 camping sites ready to go for users.
Phase two would handle the remaining 100 sites. Laundry facilities, a comfort station with hot showers and public washrooms, and recreation areas would also be built over a three-month period.
Those plans, which were registered with the Department of Environment and Conservation on April 8, had an eye towards completing phase one work by the May 24 weekend, with 50 sites ready to use for campers.
But the current timeline outlined on the department's website makes this unlikely. Public comments on the project are due May 17, and Minister Ross Wiseman is due to make a decision on the proposed RV park by May 22.
David Anthony, the CEO of Anthony Development, declined a request for an interview, stating he did not want to publicly discuss the proposal until after the environmental assessment process is completed.