Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From a news release:
Lone Star Yogi, a Jellystone Camp-Resort in Waller, northwest of Houston has completed construction on a $5 million park expansion. It is one of 14 Legacy RV Resorts.
The park added 57 full hook-up sites, 67 full-service cabins, a five-level play structure that can accommodate 180 children and an 18-hole miniature golf course. A lazy river and a 565-foot family slide were completed and opened during the summer season. Existing amenities that were already in place include a 2,500-square-foot splash pad with various water slides, dump bucket and spray toys, an activities pool and a 350-foot Pine Tree Plunge waterslide.
The activities/crafts room was expanded by 4,800 feet, and a 1,280-foot store addition was also added. An 115,000 kilowatt solar power system and other various outbuildings and supporting infrastructure were also part of the expansion.
From KWWL-TV, Dubuque:
Park directors from all across the country are meeting this week in Dubuque for the annual National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) conference.
On Wednesday, the more than 200 delegates — plus area students and volunteers — participated in a tree-planting ceremony at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area.
Conference topics range from technology in parks to budget challenges.
Priscilla Geigis, NASPD president, was at the tree-planting ceremony Wednesday.
"Today, not only does it celebrate America state parks, but it celebrates the men and the women and of course the kids that spend so much time and energy just preserving and enhancing our parks through our volunteer projects," Geigis said, emphasizing volunteers' importance to state parks nationwide.
She said the association helps preserve more than 14 million acres of land every year with 730 million annual visits, returning some $20 billion in economic impact to their respective communities.
This year's conference in Dubuque runs through today.
The Dubuque Area Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the conference will benefit the area with a nearly $250,000 economic impact.
Iowa hosted the first-ever national conference for park directors 92 years ago in Des Moines.
From the Greenfield News, King City:
The first phase of the Yanks Air Museum Project, Yanks RV Resort, is now open for business. The recreational vehicle resort had a soft opening for Labor Day weekend and will remain open from now on. Even though the RV resort just opened, a variety of RVs have already stopped in to spend the night.
From the Marin Independent Journal:
Two campgrounds in the Point Reyes National Seashore tested positive for coliform bacteria in water in violation of accepted state levels earlier this summer.
The Glen and Wildcat campgrounds in the seashore tested positive for the contaminant in June. The two sites draw water from the same water tank, said John Dell'Osso, park spokesman.
That tank has since been drained and cleaned, and water samples have passed tests.
"We had no reports of anyone becoming ill," Dell'Osso said, adding that the level of contamination was unlikely to make anyone sick.
The park routinely monitors its drinking water for contaminants. In June two of 12 samples tested positive for coliform bacteria. The standard is no more than one. The samples were tested further and no fecal coliform or E. coli were found.
But the drinking water did exceed the maximum contaminant level allowed for total coliform bacteria under state rules. While the initial tests were performed in June, the park only got the results back last week, Dell'Osso said.
The water at each campsite is delivered from a single spigot.
From the Billings Gazette:
The boardwalk section of the Trail of the Cedars near Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park remained closed Tuesday (Sept. 3) after a storm late last week did minor damage to several locations on the park’s west side.
Park officials said several vehicles near campgrounds and trailheads sustained damage from falling tree debris during the Thursday storm, as did a park-owned structure near Lake McDonald Lodge.
No injuries were reported. The weather brought lightning, rain and wind.
Tree and rock debris had to be cleared from Going-to-the-Sun Road the next day. Damage to a wooden deck and handrail at Red Rocks Overlook on Going-to-the-Sun will also be repaired. The overlook is currently closed due to ongoing construction activity on the road itself.
Hikers and rangers have reported numerous downed trees on several trails, including the Apgar Lookout Trail, Flattop Mountain Trail, Granite Park Trail near the Loop, and the Harrison Creek Trail.
From the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan:
Thanks to a cool start to this year’s camping season, state officials are looking at a potential drop in visitors to the Lewis and Clark Lake area for the second time in three years.
Through the end of July, camping numbers for the entire district were down 4.4% compared to last year, including a 3.7% decrease at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area.
From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Myakka River RV Resort LLC, a Vero Beach company managed by James B. Cain, sold an 82-space mobile home park on 28 acres at 10400 Tamiami Trail in North Port to Myakka River Resort LLC for $2.575 million.
Cain’s company paid $3.1 million in September 2006.
Myakka River Resort, a Chappaqua, N.Y. company managed by Robert Kurens, financed its purchase with a $1.85 million loan from Intervest National Bank.