Chamber to Build 4-Site RV Park Next to Office
The chamber of commerce in Buhl, Idaho, hopes accommodations at a proposed RV park will lure sleepy drivers to pull over for the evening instead of simply driving on through town.
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation recently awarded the city of 4,000, located 10 miles west of Twin Falls, and chamber an $80,200 grant to construct a recreational vehicle parking area, the Twin Falls Times-News reported.
During Monday’s City Council meeting, the council held a public hearing and then approved amending its budget for the project, as the funds have to pass through the city’s accounting records.
Chamber Board President Rick Stoltenburg told the Times-News the city signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year giving the chamber permission to build the RV park on property the nonprofit organization leases from the city.
“The idea is to encourage a small number of travelers to stay in Buhl and they’ll only be allowed to stay at the park for up to three nights,” Stoltenburg said. “We’re not trying to compete. We won’t be taking reservations, it’ll be first-come, first-served.”
Stoltenburg said the chamber has marketing for other places travelers can park their RVs overnight, along with literature about area shopping and things to do.
Banbury Hot Springs owner Zippy Deuel spoke during the public hearing. Deuel was concerned with the chamber’s park competing with her business and said the “the principle is what’s bothersome.”
Monday wasn’t the last time the council will consider the issue. Prior to construction, the council must approve a conditional-use permit
The RV park will be built to the west of the chamber office and feature four spots with water and electricity. It will be available for year-round use, depending on weather. The chamber plans on volunteers and donations of in-kind labor and materials to complete the project within budget.
The chamber expects proposed nightly fees of $20 to $25 a night will offset ongoing maintenance and administration costs.