Maryland City Hires Firm to Operate Campground
The city of Brunswick, Md., has signed an agreement with a Knoxville, Md., firm to operate its campground.
The Gazette, Gaithersburg, reported that under the agreement between the city and River and Trail Outfitters, the company will lease and operate Brunswick’s campground along the C&O Canal for the next five years.
The five-year lease will generate $71,600 for the city.
River and Trail Outfitters brings a lot of new amenities to the campground, such as bikes, canoes and kayaks, as well as services such as a software program to take reservations, said Brunswick City Manager Rick Weldon.
The deal also takes care of a personnel issue for the city regarding the campground’s caretakers, Weldon said. The IRS considered the workers full-time employees rather than contractors, leaving the city to pay unemployment for several of them during the seasons when the campground is closed.
River and Trail Outfitters offers rafting, hiking and kayaking trips, and also sells outdoor products and supplies.
The company has been working with Brunswick for several years on various festivals and other events, said founder Lee Baihly. He said the company already provides bikes for tours of the C&O Canal and other areas from a facility in Brunswick.
The campground can be a starting point for tours of the Potomac River as well as Catoctin Creek, he said.
“This just seemed to us a natural expansion of our recreational activities,” Baihly said.