RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KTXL-TV, Sacramento:
The city of Berkeley-owned Tuolumne Family Camp near Yosemite was shut down for a 48-hour dousing with bleach after 75 of 250 campers came down with the Norovirus this week.
“When we go camping, it’s usually the bears and snakes and bugs that gather our attention, but that’s because they’re visible and kind of fun – the Norovirus is neither visible nor fun,” said Dr. Todd Stold with Tuolumne County Public Health.
The highly contagious symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea tore through the picturesque camp with a vengeance – for a few reasons. When the population density is shoulder to shoulder, and when the little petri dishes weren’t washing their hands as often, it becomes a hotbed for germs.
The closure caught one family off guard. “We came, we got here and there was a big crowd by the gate and when we asked what was going on, and they said ‘well, we’ve been closed for three days because of the stomach flu,’” said Willy Stern, from Los Angeles.
Though, mom was less surprised and less worried. “It’s pretty amazing considering there are so many kids and it’s so outdoorsy and we all eat together and there’s bound to be something lurking around,” she said.
Not far from Tuolumne Family, Camp Mather was also hit by the Norovirus, though less severely.
Tuolumne public health officials believe that one of the campers brought it with them to the camp and began sharing just a little too much.
From The Republic:
A Halifax County park ranger has been honored for his bravery when he safely evacuated campsites during an April tornado.
State Sen. Bill Stanley presented Staunton River State Park Manager Josh Ellington with a copy of a Senate joint resolution Wednesday (July 13) commending Ellington for his actions.
Ellington received warning on April 16 that a tornado was about 20 minutes from the park. He immediately searched the park’s campground and cabin areas and moved visitors to shelter. Ellington then went out to check for additional visitors but got caught in the storm, waiting it out on the floor of his truck as trees fell around him.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Director David Johnson calls Ellington’s actions “well beyond the call of duty.”
From The Baltimore Sun:
Officials are considering raising the 2012 fees for camping at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.
The proposal would raise the cost of regular sites in the Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds by $5 per night. The cost of a group site would increase by $10 per night. The cost for a backcountry camping permit would also increase by $1.
Individual campsites are currently $20 per night through Oct. 15, and $16 a night the rest of the year. Group campsites are $30 year-round.
Assateague Superintendent Trish Kicklighter says the fees were proposed to keep Assateague’s fees in line with the fees at other area campgrounds. She says the site’s entrance fees and special uses fees would not change under the proposal.
From a news release:
Galveston Island’s Dellanera RV Park has reopened for business nearly three years after Hurricane Ike caused approximately $6 million in damages. The beach park, which opened in June, now has completely updated RV sites and a new pavilion.
“This is a great accomplishment for Galveston tourism,” said Mario Rabago, interim executive director for the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees. “All of the sites are updated and can handle today’s huge RVs. There is also plenty of beachfront there for folks to enjoy. We are very pleased to see the park full again.”
The 65 new sites offer wider RV spaces to accommodate modern, expandable RV trailers and motor homes. Each site features water and sewer utilities, electrical service, and a private picnic table and barbecue pit. Dellanera, which is located along 1,000 feet of sandy beach, also offers wireless internet for guests.
The park’s new pavilion offers showers, laundry facilities, a gift shop, umbrella chair rentals, and a recreation room.
The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, which operates the park, is currently working on plans to begin a beach nourishment and dune structure project at Dellanera to be completed this fall and winter due to summer crowds. The board also expects a children’s playground to be completed at the park this fall.
Dellanera RV Park is located on FM 3005 at 7 Mile Road in Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico. Reservations are currently being accepted at the park.