Fire Destroys 16 Buildings At Ventura Ranch KOA

December 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patio furniture is all that is left at this deluxe cabin at Ventura Ranch KOA. In an update late Tuesday (Dec. 12) morning, Mike Gast, vice president of communications at Kampgrounds of America (KOA), told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) that the Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has lost 16 structures, including its camp store, registration, maintenance and storage buildings, and several deluxe cabins. Also lost in the fire were two RVs owned by Scott Cory, the owner... Read more

N.Y.’s Frontier Town May Get $13 Million Makeover

Karyn Richards and Laura DiBetta, from New York’s Conservation Department, offer details of the Cuomo administration’s vision for Frontier Town. For decades, Frontier Town in New York’s Adirondacks, was one of those places in America people pulled off the highway and let the kids climb out of the back seat and explore. According to North Country Public Radio, the 260-acre Wild West theme park closed for good in 1999. Its sagging buildings and battered sign have been a sad fixture... Read more

Imler Pioneered California’s Campground Industry

John Imler John Imler, a pioneer in California’s private campground and RV park business, who helped shape state laws governing RV parks and wrote some of the most widely read books on campground design and campground management, passed away Dec. 5 at his Sacramento home surrounded by family members. He was 84. “Whether he was offering advice on how to design and manage campgrounds, and RV parks, or shaping laws that govern private parks, John Imler had a profound impact on the private campground... Read more

Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

December 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Thomas Fire spews smoke over the 101 Freeway. (Stuart Palley for The Washington Post) The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has been closed indefinitely due to southern California’s Thomas Fire, which has continued to gain steam due to dry air and heavy wind. Michael Gast, vice president of communications at KOA, told Woodall’s Campground Management on Friday that the campground has been “severely damaged” and that several buildings... Read more

ELS Buys Bethpage, Grey’s Point For $56 Million

Editor’s Note: This article is presented in full with permission of the author.  Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) has purchased two Virginia resorts, Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbanna and Grey’s Point Camp in Topping, for over $56 million. ELS is a national real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the Southside Sentinel, the sale date was Nov. 15 and the deed recorded in the clerk’s office of Middlesex Circuit Court on Nov.... Read more

Pismo Coast Is A Refuge For Calif. Fire Victims

December 7, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, firefighters work to put out a blaze burning homes early Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said the blaze broke out Monday and grew wildly in the hours that followed, consuming vegetation that hasn’t burned in decades. The Chirdon family had first told their daughter they were going camping when they packed up their RV on Monday (Dec. 4), leaving their home in Ojai, Calif., behind. “As we drove out of town,... Read more

Northgate Ready For Big Improvements In 2018

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Northgate broke ground in late October at its Golden Valley, N.C. park. With revenues seeing double digit growth in  2017 , it was an exciting year for everyone at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts. It was capped in late October with the announcement that Northgate had broken ground on a multimillion dollar project to convert a former 550-acre Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley, N.C. into a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, the ninth Jellystone Park that Northgate owns. All told,... Read more

Ventura Ranch KOA Evacuated Due To Calif. Fire

The Thomas Fire burns in the hills near Steckel Park in Santa Paula on Monday (Nov. 5). The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Santa Paula, Calif., was evacuated Monday (Nov. 5) evening as the Thomas Fire continued to gain steam, according to the V.C. Star. No damage has been reported at the campground, but Ventura County Fire Captain Stan Ziegler said that rural homes in the Steckel Park area have also been evacuated. The blaze quickly gained steam on Monday evening, growing to a size... Read more

N.C. Jellystone Park Wins Franchises’ Top Award

For the second time in nine years, the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Daddy Joe’s in Tabor City, N.C., has earned the Overall System Camp-Resort of the Year Award, the highest honor in the 80 campground Jellystone Park franchise network. “We’re just as ecstatic now as we were in 2008 when we won this award the first time,” said park co-owner Rick Coleman in a press release. “It was a complete shock.” Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) franchises 80 Jellystone... Read more

Tree House Market Up As Campgrounds Seek Edge

Many people think back with fond memories of the old tree fort where many childhood years were spent in a world of fantasy. Modern builders and arborists are working to bring fantasy to reality with full size tree houses meant for living rather than play, according to Mobile Rving’s The Buzz. “I built my first treehouse in 2003,” said Dan Wright of Tree Top Builders. “I guess I could go back further, my dad built one when I was a kid, but that wasn’t in a tree. Through high... Read more

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