Ohio Campground Hits Record in 2013
The Stow, Ohio, municipal-owned campground, located in Silver Springs Park, has hit an all-time high in attendance. The number of campsites used during the 2013 camping season is higher than any other year in its 38-year history.
Silver Springs Campground, at 5238 Young Road in northeastern Stow, is operated by the Stow Parks & Recreation Department, the Stow Sentry reported. The city opened the campground around 1976, although it received little usage in the early years. This year, there were 1,737 site rentals — up about 12% over the previous year.
"I'm really pleased with the record-breaking attendance," stated veteran parks & rec employee Ken Barnhart. "But I'm even more proud of the fact that we have been so consistently successful in recent years. The four biggest years in the campground's history have taken place over the last five years, and seven of the 10 biggest years have taken place in the last seven years. This indicates that our campground has a pretty solid fan base."
Nearly half of the 2013 campsite rentals (48%) were for Stow residents. That's up 1% from last year. Barnhart added, "Given that a campground's typical market area is approximately a one-hour drive of the campground, it still amazes me that about half of the camping taking place at Silver Springs are Stow residents. It shows just how much support our residents provide."
It's also an indication that local campers have discovered the conveniences of camping close to home. "The campers appreciate not wasting valuable vacation time driving long distances to other campgrounds," Barnhart continues. "They can camp locally, and still run home to collect mail and newspapers, tend to their pets, or pick up that important item that they had forgotten to pack. They can't do that if they're camping in southern Ohio, for example."
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