Berkeley Hikes Fees To Expand Camp

February 12, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Berkeley Hikes Fees To Expand Camp

Rain, cold, wind — perfect time to start planning summer vacation, at least in Berkeley, Calif., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Berkeley’s City Council looks to expand offerings at one of the city’s camps, at Echo Lake near Lake Tahoe, to accommodate campers displaced by the destruction of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp in the August 2013 Rim Fire.

But there won’t be room for everyone, and the per-day cost for adults could jump by 76%.

“Echo Lake is a beautiful camp, but there’s no place like Tuolumne,” said Tim Hassler, president of the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp board and a 35-year camper and staff member. “It’s great we have the option, though. I think most people are happy about that.”

Tuolumne Camp, not far from Yosemite, was a tradition for generations for Berkeley families. About 4,000 people every summer went for swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, relaxation and communal meals in the historic dining hall.

The 90-year-old camp was almost completely destroyed in the Rim Fire. The city hopes to rebuild it, but strict environmental regulations, imposed by agencies ranging from Tuolumne County to the U.S. Forest Service, may complicate efforts, officials said.

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