The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
Santa Fe, New Mexico-based AllStays LLC will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of their free “Camp and RV” military campground app. Designed to locate U.S. military campgrounds, FamCamps and RV Parks across the United States, even when you don’t have an Internet connection, the app has built a popular following even though it’s aimed at a fairly limited market. According to its creator Adam Longfellow, a passionate camper and RVer, the app “has had streaks where it has gotten hundreds of downloads a day.”
With a list of over 200 military campgrounds and extensive map filters that let you view only what you want to see – campgrounds, showers, playgrounds, laundries, etc. – the app (which is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) provides users with a vast array of campground information from phone numbers, directions and rates to dump stations and available internet access. Longfellow – who provided the app as a thank you to current and former military personnel – used a subset of the data from his popular AllStays Camp and RV program to create the military app.
The free Camp and RV military campground app is designed to locate U.S. military campgrounds, FamCamps and RV parks across the United States.
From the Idaho Statesman, Boise:
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation says that reservations for 2013 stays in Idaho state parks will be accepted beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 3.
Those interested in utilizing the rolling nine-month reservation window need to be aware of fee changes affecting overnight stays within state parks beginning in 2013, and the savings options available, prior to making reservations.
Here are the changes:
- All overnight guests will be required to pay the $5 per day, per vehicle state park motor vehicle entrance fee (MVEF) in addition to camping, cabin and yurt rental fees for stays beginning in January.
- Idahoans can avoid this fee by purchasing the new Idaho State Parks Passport. Out of state visitors can avoid this fee by purchasing an MVEF Annual sticker.
- The Idaho State Parks Passport is the new $10 annual sticker for Idahoans that will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 1 at the time you register your recreational vehicle (RV) or passenger vehicle, online, by mail-in renewal or at any county DMV office. The Idaho State Parks Passport is valid for either one or two years, and will expire concurrently with your vehicle registration. The Passport will save you the MVEF fee of $5 per day.
- If you’ve already purchased your vehicle registration for this year, you can purchase an Idaho State Parks Passport by visiting your county DMV office.
From Vermont State Parks website:
Note: The following except is from a report from Maidstone State Park about the season's activities:
It was definitely a summer to remember. A summer filled with ups and down, joys and frustrations and a whole lot of campground misadventures. Of the top of my head we had:
- A camper drive a hatchet into his foot
- Feces smeared all over the mirrors at our Day Use restroom.
- Six police cruisers make their way into the park to expel a group of unruly and disrespectful campers.
- 10-15 car batteries die.
- and a bear steals steaks and a gallon of milk from a camper’s cooler.
On the upside, there were most certainly more positives than negatives. Except for a few minor snafus and set backs along the way, it was a great season. We had a great staff and overall, great park guests. We were paid many compliments in regards to how much the park has improved over the years. And new guests loved the park as well.
From the Saugerties Post Star:
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation has partnered with American Park Network to launch the official Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks, a free iPhone application (app) that gives visitors on-the-go the ability to access valuable park information.
This new app includes more than 200 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, campgrounds and nature centers with amenities, directions and links to important numbers and services.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “This tool is a great use of technology and the perfect customer service enhancement. More and more of our 58 million visitors each year are utilizing smart phones, and this new app will provide accurate, up to date data to explore the outdoors. We are grateful to our partners atAmerican Park Network who developed this resource — at no cost to the taxpayers and free to the public to download.”
The Oh Ranger! NY State Parks app is designed to provide everything a visitor would need to become familiar with a property, including contact information, directions, amenities, maps and events. Information is updated regularly in partnership with state park officials. Users can search by zip code and desired activity to find locations near them to go hiking, camping, boating, birding, and discover historic sites, nature centers and more.
The app is initially available for iPhone and iPod touch (it works on an iPad too), with an Android version soon to follow. To download the Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks app, visit the iTunes App store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-ranger!-ny-state-parks/id548664594?mt=8, scan the QR code or go to www.nysparks.com.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 178 state parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call (518) 474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
On Sept. 13, Disney Parks Blog announced that Be Our Guest Restaurant, scheduled to open in New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park this fall, will serve alcohol at dinner.
The new Walt Disney World restaurant will offer table service at dinner, which is the only time alcoholic beverages will be available. Guests may enjoy beer or wine with their dinner, but may not take beverages into the rest of Magic Kingdom.
The decision marks the first time alcohol will be available in Magic Kingdom during the park's regular operating hours. The park has been dry since opening in 1971, a policy believed to reflect Walt Disney’s decision to keep Disneyland mostly alcohol-free. (The exclusive Club 33 is an exception.)
Disney Parks Blog emphasized that Be Our Guest Restaurants’s drink menu is part of the restaurant’s storytelling. It reflects the theme of the restaurant and its New Fantasyland location, both of which are inspired by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” animated movie.
From a news release:
Real estate investment trust Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) stated on Sept. 14 that all shareholders of its 8.034 percent series A cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock will receive a redemption notice on Sept. 18 for all of those outstanding shares on Oct. 18.
The shares will be redeemed at $25 per share plus $.094846 in accumulated and unpaid distributions per share even if not declared, up to but not including the redemption date (aggregated redemption price) and thereafter distributions will cease to accrue.
Further, from and after the redemption date the only remaining rights of the shareholders will be to receive payment of the aggregate redemption price, the company said.
All of the Series A Preferred Stock being called for redemption are held of record by nominee of the Depositary Trust Company, Cede & Co., and accordingly those will be redeemed under the applicable procedures of DTC and queries relating to the notice of redemption and related materials should be directed to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC, the company's transfer agent and the paying agent.