20% Price Hike May Deter Some Campers
The city of Jamestown, R.I., may have overpriced its treasured commodity: a city-owned RV park.
Recreation Director Bill Piva told the town council on March 7 that the park has 21 vacancies. He said reservations are lagging behind previous years, the Jamestown Press reported.
Piva said he has started to contact people on the waiting list, but so far, only four of the first 19 at the head of the waiting list have indicated they plan to purchase a seasonal pass.
“Only four are really interested,” he said.
None has sent a deposit.
Piva said two of the four waiting list candidates are Jamestown residents, and he will allow them a couple more days to decide. The town did get a later start than usual on Fort Getty reservations, but Piva isn’t certain he can rent the entire campground in time for the summer. If not, he said, the town may have to open up some sites for transient passes and charge by the day.
In December, the council voted to reduce the number of Fort Getty campground sites from 105 to 84, shorten the season by two weeks, and raise the price for seasonal passes by more than 20%, from $3,700 to $4,500 per season.
Earlier, the council had voted to reduce the campground footprint by eliminating 15 sites on the eastern edge of the park along Fort Getty Road. The town would then relocate most of those displaced seasonal campers to a different section of the campground that had been rented to transient campers. Piva said nine of the 15 displaced campers are returning, and they have selected new sites.
Under the new arrangement, most of the $60-per-day transient spaces were supposed to be converted to seasonal use.
Council President Kristine Trocki said 87 people are on the waiting list.
“We’ll get some filled,” Piva said, but added that some on the waiting list have asked not to be contacted about openings.