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N.H. Park Officials Eyeing More Improvements

The fate of Wheelock Park Campground is uncertain, as members of the Keene City (N.H.) Council’s municipal services, facilities and infrastructure committee met Wednesday (April 11) to consider options for the site before deciding to postpone further discussion until their next meeting.

Andrew S. Bohannon, the city’s parks, recreation and facilities director, proposed several courses of action to the committee, from reducing the number of sites to closing the campground altogether, according to The Keene Sentinel.

“We have very few campers traveling through the area who come to use the park,” Bohannon said in an interview before Wednesday’s meeting. “The reason for that is we don’t have the infrastructure or the design to accommodate today’s campers. Back in the day, it was a lot of pop-up tents and smaller vehicles. Today, people are traveling in fancier RVs with air conditioning and microwaves. The electricity can’t handle what they need.”

Only half of the 40 sites at Wheelock have electrical hookups, according to Bohannon, and these have a maximum capacity of 10-15 amps. Many RVs now require 30-50-amp plug-ins. Furthermore, some of these vehicles can measure as long as 40 feet and would require existing roads at Wheelock to be repaired and straightened, according to Bohannon.

He did not have an exact figure for what it would cost to make basic improvements to the campground, but told committee members Wednesday that estimates for what it would cost to get a study of the facility have ranged from $15,000 to $30,000.

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