Sun Bought Western N.Y. Jellystone Park
Sun Communities Inc.'s RV Resorts division has purchased the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Western New York located near North Java.
The deal, effective April 18, brings the 100-acre family camping resort in Wyoming County into the corporate network of Sun Communities, which oversees management at 185 communities in 25 states. Jellystone is its first property in New York, Buffalo Business First reported.
The purchase price was not immediately disclosed.
Jellystone was owned and managed privately since 2004 by Scott and Sue Crompton. (The park was profiled last fall as part of an ongoing series by Woodall's Campground Management about top-rated RV parks in the Northeast.)
An announcement to customers via email and Facebook issued Saturday (April 20) promised a smooth transition, as well as plans for improvements scheduled to take place during 2013.
Jackie Maguire was named new resort manager. Through its Facebook page, the camp promised the same park, same staff and same “great family camping location” but under new ownership. Plans call for keeping existing pricing in place, with all activities remaining all-inclusive.
The campground, which accommodates tents, RVs and cabin campers, includes a multi-level water playground, a lake for swimming and fishing as well as activities like mini-golf, go-carts and hiking.
Among the improvements completed already for the upcoming season, the park has upgraded its Lakefront Cabins and Boo Boo Chalets and will be adding a new structure to its wooden playground prior to opening weekend in May. Additional changes will include renovations to the pool and mini golf course; installation of a full court basketball court; and a larger golf cart fleet.
Based in Southfield, Mich., Sun Communities is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities.
Jellystone is part of Sun's recent expansion into the RV business. The company announced last month it invested over $250 million over the past 18 months in the acquisition and quality enhancements of RV communities.