RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Purple Mountain Sage:
Sacred Rocks Reserve in Southern California is inviting the public out to the campground today (June 5) to observe the transit of Venus across the sun.
The park’s online newsletter states in this week’s issue, “We have a stargazing plateau but, more importantly, we have NASA-approved glasses to actually watch Venus transit the Sun. This will not happen again until the year 2117. The transit begins at 3:00 p.m., where you can see the planet moving across the sun (with the special glasses). Come early, and lounge by the pool. A day pass is only $8. Hope to see you there! Visit our facebook page for more details.”
From the Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City:
The Webster City City Council will hold a meeting in August or September with members of the Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss what to do with the city campground.
Two years of severe flooding and a broken sewer line prompted the question of whether to repair the damage, close the campground permanently or move the campsites to another park in the community. The campground is now temporarily closed.
Assistant City Manager Kent Harfst said there has been declining use at the site that started when Briggs Woods completed its expansion and cabins. He added that the Hamilton County Fairgrounds also had about 30 spots with hookups. These campsites are frequently used by drivers at the speedway, he said. He said the city campground sites had been renting for $14 per night, and averaged about $1,000 per year in revenue.
“I would suggest we meet with the Parks and Recreation Commission this summer to discuss the matter,” said Ed Sadler, city manager. “Or do we have enough with Briggs Woods and the fairgrounds?”
Harfst said there had been no major improvements at the campground in the past 20 years. Mayor Janet Adams asked if there were grants available for improvements. Harfst said there could be Department of Natural Resources, Enhance Hamilton County and other funds available. He agreed to bring a list of those grants to the joint meeting. In a memo to the council, Harfst said that Kendall Young Park or Nokomis Park might be suitable if the city decided to move the campground.
The campgrounds will be used for RAGBRAI cross country bicycle ride in July, Harfst said. Several bike clubs will spend the night at the site. Water hoses will be put in place along with portable toilets, since the bathrooms are not open.
From WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh:
The owner of a Butler County campground is under investigation after a citation that he didn’t properly feed his horses.
Equine Angels Rescue told us at least one horse was found extremely malnourished at the campground on Peaceful Valley Road in Washington Township on Sunday (June 3).
The farm is owned by Glen Kleinfelter. He called us and said the horse taken had a medical condition and was not malnourished.
Officials said humane officers responded to the same campground in 2010 for animal neglect.
Equine Angels Rescue is assisting state police in the investigation and said saving animals has been an ongoing problem.
From WGAL-TV, Lancaster:
Police brought a man and woman into custody on Monday in connection with a campground shooting last week.
The shootings happened at a campground on May 31.
Lower Swatara Township police said Lucas Myers and Nikki Stum were brought in for questioning.
Michael Snyder, 48, of Middletown, was killed and his brother was injured.
Police said Myers and Stum both had active arrest warrants for unrelated charges.
From The Associated Press:
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this week for the construction of the Pigeon/Jones Creek reservoir near Hubbard in northeast Nebraska.
The 226-acre Dakota County reservoir will be used for flood control and recreation. The groundbreaking is set for Thursday morning. The lake will be set in a 750-acre park and will include “no wake” boating, fishing, five miles of hiking and biking trails, 10 miles of equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, separate RV campgrounds, equestrian campgrounds and tent campgrounds.
Opening of the recreation area for public use is anticipated for the fall of 2015.