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Want to run a campground for Uncle Sam?

TENNESSEE

From a news release:

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is seeking proposals for commercial operators at four campgrounds in Tennessee and Alabama.

TVA has issued a request for proposals for entities to develop, operate and maintain one or more of four campgrounds that TVA previously managed.

The four locations are:

  • Loyston Point Recreation Areas on Norris Reservoir in Union County, Tenn.;
  • Mallard Creek Recreation Area on Wheeler Reservoir in Lawrence County, Ala.;
  • Barton Springs Recreation Area on Normandy Reservoir in Coffee County, Tenn.;
  • Cedar Point Recreation Area on Normandy Reservoir in Coffee County, Tenn.

Interested applicants should submit proposals by March 1, 2013. A full description of each recreation area, proposal requirements and operator qualifications are available on TVA’s website www.tva.com/river/recreation/camping_rfp/index.htm.

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

WYOMING

From a National Park Service news release:

Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase the daily fee charged to stay in campgrounds operated by the National Park Service.

For the Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris campgrounds, which have flush toilets, the daily fee would be increased from $14 to $20.

At Tower Fall, Lewis Lake, Indian Creek, Pebble Creek, and Slough (slew) Creek campgrounds, which have vault toilets, the daily camping fee would go from $12 to $15.

Individuals who hold a Senior Pass or Access Pass would continue to receive a 50% discount on camping fees charged at these National Park Service-operated campgrounds.

Under the current rate structure, Yellowstone's campground fees are lower than those charged by local commercial operators, neighboring National Forests, and Grand Teton National Park for campgrounds with similar facilities.

The Bridge Bay, Canyon, Grant, and Madison campgrounds and the Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone are operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Daily camping fees at these sites range from $20.50 to $45. They would not be affected by this proposal.

This would be the first camping fee increase in nine years. Yellowstone National Park is planning to implement these rate increases on May 1, 2013.

COLORADO

From The Coloradoan, Fort Collins:

Winning logo

With the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park just two years away, park officials unveiled the winning logo to be used in conjunction with the landmark birthday.

The logo was unveiled Jan. 29, three days after the 98th birthday of the park. The logo design is the work of Carol Welker, a graphic artist based in Dallas.

Welker spent summers as a child in the Cedar Park area near Drake in Larimer County, which left her with many warm memories of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, including hiking, backpacking and climbing Longs Peak with her siblings.

“The iconography unique to the park was ingrained in my mind and soul,” Welker said, in a press release. “The logo design was certainly inspired by my past.”

Welker’s logo was selected from about 100 proposed designs submitted for consideration.

WASHINGTON

From the South Whidbey Record, Coupeville:

Langley’s tourism promotion fund doled out $10,000 to three different groups for projects city leaders hoped would draw tourists and their money to the "Village by the Sea."

Included in the allocation was $2,500 for renovating the RV park at the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds. This amount represents 10% of its budget. In Councilwoman Rene Neff’s address to the council, she said the $2,500 will pay for the permit fees.

Another grant was awarded to the Island Shakespeare Festival. Developing a website for the festival, which will have performances at the fairgrounds this year, was given $2,500. Neff wrote that the website will “directly promote Langley as a destination, encourage people to stay overnight and promote a positive image of our city year round.”

MASSACHUSETTS

From the Taunton Daily Gazette:

The Berkley Board of Selectmen continued to discuss a special permit request for a proposed campground and multi-family home on Shoves Neck Island on Wednesday night (Jan. 29).

Selectmen first discussed the project on Jan. 16, meeting with property owner Debra Robbins, her attorney Deborah Pettey and Brian Dunn, president of MBL Land Development.

Located off of Bayview Avenue and situated on Assonet Bay, Shoves Neck Island is currently home to one residence owned by Robbins — the former owner of Bayview Cafe who is requesting the special permit.

Under the proposal, the 47-acre island would be home to a 75-site campground consisting of three bathhouses, three swimming pools, tennis courts, a playground, a boat dock, about 10 cabins and spaces for tents and RVs.

The multi-family house would consist of four, two-bedroom units, which would be occupied by Robbins and members of her family, she said.

On Jan, 16, Robbins described the proposal, which is still in its earliest design phases, as small but “high-end.”

The campground would be open from April to November and would likely offer weekly, monthly and seasonal rentals.

On Wednesday, the main concern expressed by selectmen was related to the entry onto the island, with Selectman Chair George Miller asking about the possibility of the route becoming flooded.

“If you have the situation where its flooded out, it’s going to fall on the town of Berkley Fire Department to evacuate 75 RVs,” Miller said.

“I’m not saying it’s a deal killer, but it’s a potential concern,” he added.

Robbins and Pettey said they would look into ways to alleviate this potential problem, including issuing evacuations before a major storm or purchasing an amphibious vehicle.

Selectmen also expressed further concern about the potential for increased traffic on Bayview Avenue.

Selectmen were also handed a petition signed by 20 residents on Bayview Avenue and Friend Street expressing their concerns, which included depletion of water levels due to extra well for the campground, among others.

The board ultimately decided to continue the public hearing until Feb. 13.

KENTUCKY

From a National Park Service news release:

An increase in camping fees has been proposed for the year-round Wilderness Road Campground in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. This is the only campground in the park that allows vehicle access and provides bathroom and shower facilities.

Camping rates for sites without electricity would increase from $12 to $14 and sites with electricity would increase from $17 to $20. Sites would be one half price for those having an Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Group campsites would increase from $30 to $35.

A public meeting to seek public input and outline these increases is scheduled for Feb. 26  at the national park visitor center.

From the Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville:

Kentucky State Parks is looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts during the spring, summer and fall of 2013.

Duties include checking in campers; making sure camping areas, picnic areas and bathrooms are clean; answering questions and a variety of other duties. In return, campground hosts receive free camping at the host property during their tenure.

 

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