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Campgrounds Keeping Wizard Works Busy

Wizard Works Product Development Co. of Albany, N.Y., is in the process of manufacturing and installing Wizard Works multi-level play structures, spray grounds and Smartworks interactive water features in campgrounds throughout the U.S., according to a written announcement. "We will be covering a few miles of territory this year," said Mark Aragona, president of Wizard Works, in a bit of an understatement. Their projects range from New York to Texas. "In Indiana we have two projects:... Read more

S.C. Camping Resorts Adding Water Parks

There was no question among the leaders at Lakewood Camping Resort that when it came time to add some amenities to the campground, a water park was going to be first on the list, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported. Families love water parks — different parts appeal to different ages — and it would be well worth the investment, said Shannon Gomer, chairwoman of the board of directors and a member of the family that built Lakewood. The $2 million water park, which opened in the fall a few months... Read more

Campground Plans World-Record Attempt

A South Jersey campground has an event this weekend that people are dying to get into, or rather they’ll dye eggs once there, television station KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pa.,  reported. The Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Elmer, N.J., is swinging for the fences with an attempt to set a Guinness record for people simultaneously dying Easter eggs. Park Manager Brian Newcomb said the current record is 316 people and he expects to have 500 to 600 at tables, ready to meet the stringent... Read more

Flooded Arkansas City RV Park Reopening

Even though it closed down early in its season last year due to August flooding, the Beaver RV Park in Beaver, Ark., will be open for camping again this year, the Lovely County Citizen reported. Council members discussed advertising to let locals know the park is open. It will, however, not be taking reservations except on holidays. Campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. "Or if they live three-plus hours away," added park attendant Jay Baldridge. "If they... Read more

City Puts Two-Week Limit On Its Campers

Campers will no longer be able to stay at the Two Rivers Campground in Carrollton, Ind., for an extended period of time, as city officials plan to close the campground during the winter months, the Madison Courier reported. The Carrollton City Council discussed the issue of long-term campers at the city's campground. Mayor Gene McMurry said council members approved a measure allowing campers to stay at the campground for up to two weeks at a time. Some of the campers had made plans to stay for... Read more

San Diego KOA Rolls Out Solar Investment

San Diego KOA Office. The San Diego Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground, owned by Kampgrounds Enterprises Inc., installed a solar power system that now produces 15% of the park’s energy. According to a written announcement from Kampgrounds Enterprises, the $250,000 solar-panel system placed on the 3,000-square-foot roof of the park's maintenance building has a "carbon offset" of two tons of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years, which is the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the... Read more

Camping Fees Rising At Sequoia Nat'l Park

On May 1, fees for campsites in four campgrounds — Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Buckeye Flat, and Potwisha — at Sequoia National Park will increase to $22. This will be the first fee increase since 2003, the Sierra Sun Times of Mariposa, Calif., reported. According to the National Park Service, the fee increase will provide for better customer service in several ways: By covering the cost of the reservation system at Recreation.gov and providing funding for staffing to assist campers, rehabilitation... Read more

Gravel Co. Plans Ore. RV Park, Golf Course

The owners of Umpqua Sand and Gravel want to build an 18-hole golf course and RV park next to the South Umpqua River in Melrose, Ore., the News-Review of Roseburg reported. The Douglas County Planning Commission will be asked Thursday to approve the project. Umpqua Sand and Gravel owner Kelly Guido said Tuesday that mining operations will continue on the company’s property at the end of Shady Drive in Melrose. The golf course and RV park would be on land no longer needed for mining. The $3.5 million... Read more

Flood Catches Ala. Campers By Surprise

The Riverside RV Park in Rosinton, Ala., is still underwater, television station WKRG reported Wednesday evening (April 16). On Monday (April 14) the Styx River spilled its banks during heavy rainfall and severe weather. A wall of water rushed into the campground, swallowing at least eight towable RVs. Flood victims said the flooding happened quickly and they were unable to hitch their trucks to their campers and pull them out in time. Several flood victims are now staying in local motels. Fortunately,... Read more

Towable RV Retail Sales Rose 1.2% in Feb.

Year-over-year retail towable registrations remained flat in February, up 1.2%, and showed a 2% gain for the first two months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., provided to RVBusiness.com, results showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 4.5% for the month and 6.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations declined 4.9% for February and 6.2% for the two months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 14.2% for the month and 12.1% through February. •... Read more

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