Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From WEIR-TV, Charlottesville:
The city of Waynesboro is kicking off a fundraising campaign to upgrade its campground for hikers following the Appalachian Trail. Plans call for a solar-powered shelter to give visitors a place to recharge before continuing their trek.
Waynesboro is an officially designated Appalachian Trail community.
The city’s parks department and downtown development group are taking donations for the project they say will make Waynesboro an even friendlier trail town for hikers.
The shelter would move from Constitution Park to the Appalachian Trail campground along the greenway. Right now, the campground is a field with a few benches and a port-a-potty.
The city plans to outfit the relocated shelter with solar panels to power charging stations – where hikers can plug in cell phones and electronics. The shelter would also provide space for hikers to tie-up hammocks and take cover during storms.
“We’ve heard from hikers that we’re one of the friendliest trail towns around, and certainly this will enhance their experience,” said Dwayne Jones, director of Waynesboro Department of Parks and Recreation. “These folks are not from around here, so I think they’ll be surprised to have a neat solar power station and a place to get out of the weather.”
The city is working with Waynesboro-based Sigora Solar. The entire shelter move and makeover will cost about $3,000.
The parks director hopes to have enough funding to move the shelter within the next month
From the Homer Tribune:
Community planners decided to give RV drivers space — space to park, that is. Planning sessions in recent years identified the need for RV drivers to have space to park in the downtown and Old Town areas to make it easier for those driving these larger vehicles to access Homer’s center.
“This first year is really to see if this is something that visitors appreciate,” said Katie Koester, community and economic development coordinator for the city of Homer, who helped organize the effort with the Economic Development Commission. “If we get even a few dozen more visitors, that’s more money spent here locally.”
The idea is simple — find a place where RV drivers can park and either walk or take a cab or trolley into town. Two parking areas were identified.
Signs went up last weekend at the two lots, advertising that parking was available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Overnight stays are prohibited, and Koester said organizers will be watching closely to see if littering or other factors become an issue.
The cost to the city, which approved the seasonal day-use parking last winter, was $750 for signage, as well as staff time.
From the Sidney Herald:
The Richland County Planning Board agreed last week to recommend county commissioners approve the Fox Creek RV Park in Lambert.
Fox Creek, located just north of Lambert School off Main Street, creates a major subdivision with 32 RV spaces; the land is owned by Roger and Bronwyn Meyer.
Opponents and nonpartisan parties said they were concerned with sewage, the size of the water line, a shortage of water, whether garbage pickup once a week is enough and animals crossing the school property.
“Our concern is liability being on the school grounds,” Lambert Superintendent of Schools Bill Colter said, speaking as an interested party. He also wondered about screening background checks for new residents to ensure the safety of students and suggested “some type of barrier” so that people can’t wander to and from the property.
Meanwhile, the board had questions of its own, questioning potential flooding – the land isn’t identified as flood area and therefore doesn’t need a flood plain permit – how to dedicate park land, and how mail is supposed to be distributed.