Wisconsin Casino Opens 49-Site RV Park
The Ho-chunk Casino's new luxury recreational vehicle park in central Wisconsin that opened Saturday (Oct. 1) is just one part of greater expansion plans that include a water park and an addition to the casino/convention center, according to casino officials, the Baraboo News Republic reported.
The RV park on the north side of the casino property officially was unveiled to the public Saturday. Those present included casino managers, representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation legislature, Baraboo-area business owners and Packers veteran LeRoy Butler.
The park, Ho-Chunk Hoiusa Cinuk RV Park, features space for 49 RVs, including 21 spaces designed for year-round use. Amenities include wireless Internet access, fire pits and picnic tables, sewer, water and 24-hour security patrols.
Casino Executive Manager Jones Funmaker said the casino always has had some visitors who arrived in their vacation home and parked in the casino's lot. The new RV park is simply a way to accommodate a new group of customers and attract more of them.
"It seemed to make business sense, ‘hey, can we charge them to park?'" he said.
Funmaker said the casino plans to add much more to the casino/convention center property. Plans include a water park, expansion of the hotel and expansion of the casino.
"We have all these things on the drawing board, but we went with the water park first because that is the draw, then we'll build the hotel to house them," he said. "Then the other things will fall in place."
Expansion of facilities at the casino/convention center benefits business for the Baraboo area as a whole, said Deb Bauer, executive director of the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce.
"Ho-Chunk continues to boost the economy of the Baraboo area by creating jobs and developing more services to bring more people in and boost our tourism dollar," she said. "It's wonderful for the Baraboo area."
Rep. John Holst, who represents the Baraboo/Madison area in the Ho-Chunk Nation's legislature, said the expansion of the casino is part of an effort to improve the economic strength of the tribe. But it is also something that should benefit the surrounding non-Indian community.
"We are glad to be part of the community. We are part of the community," Holst said. "We will always be part of the community."