RV Park and Campground Briefs
From WJON, St. Cloud, Minn.:
The 32nd Annual Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival gets underway today (Aug. 10) at the El Rancho Manana Campground near Richmond.
The event has been nominated as “Event of the Year” three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
So, what is Bluegrass? Event spokesman Jed Malischke says is primarily acoustic instruments and is derived from a type of country music. It was started by the so-called father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Malischke says it is the 100-year anniversary of Monroe’s birth this year making it a special festival.
The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival features three-time female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley, Audie Blaylock, Johnny Butten, Monroe Crossing and members of Bill Monroe’s band, the Bluegrass Boys.
The festival runs tomorrow through Sunday.
From the Holland Sentinel:
The Saugatuck City Council again looked at what to do with the 154 acres of city-owned property in Saugatuck Township.
Councilman Mark Bekken on Monday (Aug. 8) asked to discuss making the land a recreational vehicle campground. The issue was moved to a future workshop session.
Bekken suggested the city perform a feasibility study on competition and use of RVs in the area. The council had earlier discussed turning the site between Blue Star Highway and Old Allegan Road into an RV park. The city bought the land in the 1930s to be used as an airport, which never came to be. Plans for a public golf course on the land in 2002 also never developed.
Other uses previously proposed for the site include a sports complex and a park. City Manager Kirk Harrier asked council members to put together a list of projects such as the RV proposal that can be prioritized and worked into the city’s capital improvement plan.
From the Albany Democrat-Herald:
In January, Linn County signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Forest Service to manage six rustic campgrounds east of Cascadia. Linn County will pay the Forest Service 5.3% of adjusted gross income, or a minimum of $2,628 annually. The campgrounds have taken in about $49,000 annually. The parks department's annual budget now tops $1 million.
"So far, everything is going well," parks director Brian Carroll said. "The spring was wet and cool, and we weren't sure if that was a blessing or a curse. It slowed down usage, but it also gave us some time to get to know the operation."
Carroll said campground use throughout the entire parks system was down in July, but "since the sun came out and the weather turned nice, we've been swamped," Carroll said.
Carroll said comments about the Forest Service campgrounds have been positive.
"We have a couple campground hosts and we have two staff people working the new campgrounds," Carroll said. "They're doing a great job and people are noticing."
From KEZI-TV, Eugene:
Most of the campsites in Cascara Campground at Fall Creek State Recreation site wil reopen on Friday (Aug. 12).
A spring wind storm on March 13 knocked down 1,500 trees in two areas of the park. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department crews have been working since that time to repair the damage. Damage to the east loop was fixed, roadways and campsites were smoothed, and hazardous trees and debris were removed. Out of 47 campsites, 12 tent sites and six walk sites were damaged so severely that they will remained closed for the rest of the 2011 camping season.
Crews will attempt to continue recovery efforts in closed sites while the weather cooperates, but will return in winter and spring to continue working on replanting vegetation and repairing walkway damage.
The park is located 27 miles southeast of Eugene and Springfield, and will stay open until Sept. 30. The site is first-come first-served and visitors will have access to the reservoir for water activities.
From the Bend Bulletin:
Monty Campground, a recreation site located on the Metolius River near Lake Billy Chinook, will close Aug. 15 for the season while construction crews work on improvements.
The campground, which normally closes in mid-September, is scheduled to be reopened in May. Construction crews will work to improve the campground’s restroom and two camp sites to meet ADA standards. In addition, the number of campsites will be reduced from 34 to 12 in order to create better spacing between sites and to reduce maintenance costs, according to the Deschutes National Forest.
From WRGB-TV, Albany:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation celebtrated the opening of the recently expanded Scaroon Manor Campground and Day Use Area on Tuesday (Aug. 9).
The campground covers 241 acres at Taylor's Point, on the western shore of Schroon Lake. It is designed to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in accordance with the American Disabilities Act. All campsites, showers and restrooms are accessible. Campsites have accessibly designed ring fireplaces and picnic tables and smooth, hardened surfaces to ease mobility for those with wheelchairs or walking aids. There is also beach access to the water's edge.
"We are thrilled to offer the public a one-of-a-kind campground that has been designed from the ground up to provide access to the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park to people of all abilities," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
"Scaroon Manor is a real treasure that is now accessible to all and that is something wonderful to celebrate," said Sen. Elizabeth Little. "This is a beautiful place that says to people of all abilities, 'Welcome to the Adirondacks.'"