The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From WKRG-TV, Mobile:
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A Summerdale RV park described by police as a danger to the community is getting a facelift.
The manager of American RV Park on Highway 59 is putting in a new road, will landscape the property and has evicted about 12 renters he says were involved in criminal activity.
Police were called to the park more than 40 times last year. Officers responded to assault and burglary calls, shut down meth labs and arrested fugitives.
News 5 was there when officers arrested a mother and charged her with four counts of child endangerment.
Town officials were close to taking legal action against the RV park, including suspending the owner's business license and declaring the property a public nuisance.
But last month, the owner promised the mayor and town council he would clean up the place and turn it into a retirement park.
With two months to go until the ARCA Racing Series competes at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington for the second time, the track's infield camping area has sold out for the ARCA Mobile 200.
Reserved camping spots outside the track and reserved infield parking spots remain, but race promoter Tommy Praytor said that might not be the case for much longer.
"The support we're getting from race fans is incredible," Praytor said. "The renewal rate with last year's ticket-holders has been impressive. The few camping spots remaining are being snapped up by fans that missed out last year."
The ARCA Mobile 200 will be held on March 9. It's the second race on ARCA's 2013 schedule. The season starts on Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway.
From The Associated Press:
After an eight-hour meeting, the Irvine City Council has voted for an audit and reorganization of plans for the Great Park, the former military base that officials intended to turn into one of the nation's largest urban parks before financial problems slowed plans.
The Orange County Register reports that the heated meeting spilled from Tuesday into Wednesday before the council voted unanimously to seek proposals from auditors to look at the park's books since 2005.
In closer 3-2 votes, the council voted to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid millions for consulting and marketing for the park, and to get rid of four non-elected members of its board.
More than $220 million has been spent on the Great Park since plans were approved in 2002.
From a Division of Parks and Recreation news release:
Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County has been named the North Carolina 2012 Park of the Year by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
The park was chosen for its “exemplary contribution to the North Carolina state parks mission of stewardship, public service and education,” and specifically recognized for initiatives in education and interpretation, volunteerism and sustainability.
“Hanging Rock State Park exceeded expectations during 2012 with hard work by its staff tackling tough projects, developing volunteers and improving sustainability,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. “That level of commitment allows the state parks system to further its mission despite strained budgets and attendance that remain at record levels.”
During the year, Hanging Rock improved educational displays, presented nearly 200 interpretive programs and staged a 75th anniversary celebration with 93 past and present employees. The park strengthened a relationship with the Friends of Sauratown Mountains support group, and volunteer hours spent improving trails and staffing the visitor center increased 58 percent. Park rangers and maintenance staff rerouted trails, constructed a key trail bridge and nearly doubled the amount of recycled materials collected.
Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Hanging Rock State Park is one of North Carolina’s oldest and until recently, was under the direction of Superintendent Dave Cook. In October, Cook was named north district superintendent. The park encompasses 7,049 acres and reported 443,899 visitors in 2012.