Arlington Sells High Plains Camping in Oakley, Kan.

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December 9, 2011 by   - () 1 Comment

Mary Arlington

Mary Arlington has sold her High Plains Camping campground in Oakley, Kan., to Jim and Jessie DesRoches.

Arlington, a former board member of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC),  resigned her positions this week as president and treasurer of the Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC).

Arlington and her husband (now deceased) bought the park 10 years ago. The park today is in the top 8% of all parks in the country with its 5W-rating by Woodalls for its facilities. The park now is also one of just 12 nationwide which have achieved the GuestRated “A” Award every year since its inception in 2008 (including the most recent one given last week at the ARVC conference in Savannah, Ga.).

In a Dec. 7 letter to KARVC members, new president Carolyn Fenn had this to say:

Today the Kansas Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (KARVC) had mixed emotions over our need to accept the resignation of Mary Arlington as president and treasurer and as a member of our group. We're excited for her as she moves on from owning High Plains Camping (Oakley) but we will miss her endless enthusiasm and energy that she provided to our organization for nearly a decade.

The Board of Directors elected me, Carolyn Fenn, of Four Seasons RV Acres (Abilene) to her seats of president and treasurer, and I look forward to serving our members until next we meet in February when we'll fill the board vacancy and elect the officers. Mary has graciously offered to assist me in the transition, and she's already transferred the bank funds to me.

With Mary's departure, we'll be looking forward to having your help as we fill the roles that Mary has carried for us. Please make it a point to be at our general membership meeting. It's set for February 28 and Natalie Donges is hosting it at her park (Deer Grove RV Park).

KARVC's board approved the acceptance of membership for the new owners of High Plains Camping, and we welcome them to the group. Jim and Jessie DesRoches took ownership today, and we wish them a warm welcome, even if it is a very chilly December day. If you're driving near Oakley, please stop in and introduce yourself to them.

If you wish to remain in touch with Mary, you'll need to email her at

If you're interested in reading a bit more about the sale of the park, Mary posted 2 blogs relating to her departure:

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One Response to “Arlington Sells High Plains Camping in Oakley, Kan.”

  1. Sara Billick on December 15th, 2011 7:40 am

    Just heard about this. We love taking the RV over there. I wish Mary the best in whatever she goes after next!

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