New Logo and Website for Arizona ARVC
The Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC) had a good story to tell its membership at the Annual Conference and Trade Show April 25-26 at the Rincon Country West RV Resort in Tucson.
The association has a new logo, launched its revamped website (www.gocampinginarizona.com) with the help of Strait Web Solutions in February and is nearing completion of its annual camping directory with publication expected this summer, explained Jo Ann Mickelson, executive director.
The two-day conference attracted representatives from 27 parks and 15 vendors. Attendance was good, considering that the event comes at the conclusion of Arizona’s “winter” season for the parks in the southern half of the state and the start of the “summer” season for most parks in the northern half, she said.
The southern parks had a good season, about on par with a year ago, she said, and the feeling among owners is that the upcoming summer will be good for the northern parks.
For her part, Mickelson was just opening her park, J & H RV Park in Flagstaff, and reported good traffic already.
The conference featured seminars on four diverse topics.
Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), was the keynote speaker and focused on member benefits available to ARVC members. He also updated members on the ADA swimming pool and spa lift regulations, whose implementation was successfully delayed through lobbying efforts of ARVC and the hotel and motel industry. And and in a cracker barrel session, Sims helped clarify questions about compliance with federal regulations on accommodating guests with service dogs.
Others seminar speakers were Nicole Perri and Jordan Kelly, who spoke on social media, and Jason Porter of Legally Mine.
A fourth “seminar” was an instructive lesson for park owners and operators on how to play pickle ball and bocce ball, two activities that are popular among guests in Arizona parks but not necessarily familiar to park owners themselves.
A special guest was Saundra Bryn, Region 6 ARVC board member representing the West. She is the owner of Desert’s Edge RV/The Purple Park in Phoenix.
The association recognized three parks of the year. Desert’s Edge RV/The Purple Park was named Medium Size Park of the Year, and there was a tie for Large Park of the Year between La Hacienda RV Resort in Apache Junction and Rincon Country East in Tucson.
The new officers for Arizona ARVC are Robert Rolle, president, Rolle’s Linda Vista RV Resort in Yuma; Barbara Stafford, vice president, Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe; Wendy Bykovsky, treasurer, Rincon Country West; and Annette Sounnakhone, secretary, Rincon Country West.
A 12-member board also was elected.
Mickelson briefed members on key legislative issues affecting their industry. The primary focus was on pending legislation that would hold RV parks and manufactured housing communities responsible for the cleanup of meth labs that are found within their boundaries. As of April 30, the bill was in a conference committee. An amended version would not hold parks responsible for the total cleanup but only for remediation of chemical contamination