Monday, June 25, 2007

Happy Campers at Evansdale, IA Campground

One of the Cedar Valley's largest campgrounds is about to get bigger in an effort to relieve congestion during busy weekends.

Deerwood Park, just off Highway 20 in Evansdale, already has 132 sites for campers and 30-some spots for tents. Yet, patrons say by Friday evening it's tough to find a spot to camp at times and the park feels crowded due to the volume of campers, vehicles and people.

The city will be turning five more acres into 20 modern, spacious campsites will provide a little more breathing room.

Deerwood revenues have increased by 5 percent each of the last five years. Camping receipts for 2006 totaled $106,000. By April 14, the campground already collected $36,300, keeping it on pace to meet or exceed the trend.

"We expect a lot more traffic. We don't count people, we count money," Dawson said.

Mayor John Mardis said that's why the City Council doesn't have a problem with earmarking tax dollars for Deerwood. Not only is it a public-use treasure, but one of the rare money makers for the city. The campground is self-supporting and then some.
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