The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Madison (Ind.) Courier:
The city council in Carrollton, Ky., got an update on the city's new municipal campground, Two Rivers Campground, at its Oct. 22 meeting.
Council member Robb Adams said an RV club stayed at the campgrounds over the weekend, and the group looks forward to returning.
"They liked everything about it," Adams said.
Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry said Halloween events with arts and crafts, candy and goodie bags for children were well-received.
"It was a great weekend, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it," he said.
The campground had about 25 children throughout the weekend events. Another Halloween weekend event will be held Oct. 26-27 for campers at the campground.
The council also discussed communicating with General Butler State Resort Park about letting visitors know about Two Rivers Campground after the state park reaches capacity. McMurry said he had discussed the possibility with park managers. He plans to contact park managers again before the weekend.
"If they referred us five, that's huge," Adams said.
From the Post-Tribune, Merrillville:
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan announced Tuesday (Oct. 23) that, according to the results of an annual survey of park visitors, 97% of the survey respondents thought the quality of facilities, services and recreational opportunities at the park were either “very good” or “good.”
This level of visitor satisfaction ties the highest ever recorded at the Dunes National Lakeshore since the yearly surveys began in 1998. These surveys are conducted at all national parks every year and are distributed and managed by the Park Studies Unit of the University of Idaho.
“There are few institutions that can receive a 97% favorable rating from their customers. Providing a high quality of services and facilities for the 2 million people who visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a hallmark of the National Park Service and a testament to the outstanding work of park employees, partners, and volunteers,” said Constantine Dillon, the park’s superintendent, who was pleased with the results.
Visitors were asked to comment on the “overall quality of facilities, services, and recreational opportunities” and were given five choices ranging from very good, good, average, poor or very poor. Respondents marking either very good or good were counted as being satisfied with the park. According to the University of Idaho’s Park Studies Unit, this survey is consistent with accepted social science practices, the Office of Management and Budget guidelines, and customer service evaluations in the private sector.
From the Parksville Qualicum Beach News:
The board of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) this week gave a green light to a planned RV park in the Bowser-Deep Bay area.
The development permit application, which received preliminary approval at the RDN committee of the whole meeting, was submitted by David and Penny Aalhus to permit a resort vehicle park campground consisting of 10 recreational vehicle sites.
The application also requested permission to redevelop one of the two buildings currently on site into an office and washroom for the facility. The second dwelling is proposed to be used as the caretaker’s residence.
The lot is located at 5996 Island Highway West near the shore of Qualicum Bay.
The RDN move still has to be finalized at the next regular board meeting.
From KRQE-TV, Albuquerque:
The U.S. Forest Service was prepared to evacuate three campgrounds Tuesday (Oct. 23) as a wildfire displaying "extreme fire behavior" continues to grow north of Red River.
The Midnight Fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. in the area of Midnight Meadow south of Ortiz Peak and roughly eight miles northeast of Red River on the Questa Ranger District.
Initially reported at 50 acres, by 5 p.m. it had grown to an estimated 250 acres, according to a spokesperson for the Carson National Forest.
An unknown number of firefighters on are on scene, and dozer crews, engine companies and additional fire teams are on the way. Air tankers also have been dispatched in part because of the current fire behavior but given the forecast for high winds on Wednesday.
Tuesday's winds were enough to keep the aircraft grounded.
Earlier in the day, when the fire was still at 50 acres, campers in the Valle Vidal, McCrystal and Cimarron campgrounds were asked to be prepared to evacuate. It is not know if the Forest Service has ordered evacuations since then.
From Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor:
Michigan school children will soon study nature at a place many people might find surprising: Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, Mich.
The auto racing track hosts crowds in excess of 100,000 when NASCAR comes to Brooklyn twice each summer.
But Adrian College biology professor Jeff Lake says the other 50 weeks of the year, the track's campgrounds are ideal for exploring the ecosystems of the Irish Hills.
"This gives kids a real good opportunity to come out and interact with local flora and local fauna … go out on a trail walk and actually see plants in their native environment … get to see the woods. And get that interpreted in a scientific framework,” says Lake.
Track president Roger Curtis says he hopes the program will encourage Michigan school children to become interested in environmentalism and conservation.
An Adrian College official says its important to expose 7th-grade students to science and math in new and different ways, because that’s the age that many students lose interest in science and math.