Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Courier News, Russellville:
David Ivy, operator of Ivy’s Cove RV Retreat, expressed concerns at the July 18 meeting of the Russellville City Council about a proposed amendment to Russellville’s zoning code pertaining to RV parks. The amendment, if approved, would establish guidelines and regulations for the operation of RV parks within city limits.
Ivy said he had two concerns with the proposed regulations. First, was the 60-day time limit for RV parks. Ivy said there are many contractors in the Russellville area, including workers at Arkansas Nuclear One, who may stay as long as a year while working on a job.
“These people bring a lot of money to Russellville,” he said.
The second concern, Ivy said, was the inability to meter each campsite individually. This restriction could cause him to lose money if a particular campsite uses an inordinate amount of electricity and he is unable to recoup his costs.
City Planner David Harris agreed to meet with Ivy and other RV park owners to work toward a resolution.
From The Associated Press:
Authorities say some campgrounds at a section of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in east-central Arizona are being temporarily closed due to flooding and debris flow.
Forest officials said Friday that the Diamond Rock, Aspen and Deer Creek campgrounds are closed because of the continuation of monsoonal moisture.
The temporary order will be lifted after flood damage stops and a needed repair is done on a Forest Service road.
From The Associated Press:
Calling it a historical site with cultural and archaeological significance for Native Americans, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad dedicated South Dakota's first state park in 40 years on Friday.
They were joined by tribal leaders, state legislators and officials from South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks department at the dedication of Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, the 13th state park. South Dakota owns about 600 acres of land there, while Iowa owns several hundred acres. The ultimate goal is to join the land and create the first joint state park in the country.
Blood Run was designated a national historic landmark in 1970. The area along the Big Sioux River was used by thousands of Oneota Indians into the early 1700s. Archaeologists believe that Blood Run, a term coined by European explorers because of the nearby creek's reddish-colored water, was used as early as 6,500 B.C. The area includes a large oak forest, rolling hills, flood plains, riverside bluffs and burial mounds.
From the Mansfield News:
A North Attleboro man was arrested and faces assault charges after allegedly holding an 8-year-old boy underwater at the Canoe River Campground pool.
The campgrounds are located at 137 Mill St. in Mansfield. Shawn E. Rossi, 40, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at his campground site, after the alleged incident took place.
A witness told police that after the boy jumped into the pool, and came in close contact with another swimmer, Rossi allegedly held the boy under water. When he came up for air, the boy was out of breath, police said.
A 26-year-old witness intervened and the boy got out of the pool. He did not require any medical attention, police said.
Rossi allegedly used bad language and called the witness and others names as he got out of the pool, according to police.
He pleaded innocent on July 17 in the Attleboro District Court to assault and battery on a child, disturbing the peace and being disorderly, according to Mansfield police.
He is free on $1,000 cash bail and due back in court on Aug. 14.
From a news release:
The oldest hotel in Yellowstone National Park, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, has received a bottom-up facelift – literally – that would make any grand dame of 122 years proud. The project, costing in excess of $10 million, included new lobby décor, major structural enhancements, the addition of an elevator, new business center and 43 renovated rooms, including four newly created suites in the west wing of the hotel.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ Yellowstone National Park Lodges, operator of the hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, tours and activities in the park, has been working since the day the hotel closed for the summer season in 2012 to complete Phase I of a two-part renovation program that will ultimately affect every room in the 154-room hotel.
Through its Yellowstone National Park Lodges operations, Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates nine lodging facilities, four campgrounds and an RV park inside the park along with restaurants, activities and gift shops.
From the Porterville Recorder:
The Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will be increasing fees for three large-group campsites.
These sites, which accommodate 20-40 people each, are located in the Cedar Grove area at Canyon View Campground. They will go from $40 to $50 per night to bring the price structure into alignment with other similar large campsites in the parks.
The price increase will be effective today (July 22).
A fight that broke out at Lake Guntersville State Park Friday (July 19) sent several people to area hospitals, The Times news partner WHNT News 19 reported.
The fight broke out at Town Creek Campground around 8:30 p.m., WHNT reported. Two people were airlifted by helicopter to local hospitals, WHNT reported.
Officials said it is not clear what started the fight.