After five weeks of closure because of floodwaters and more than 400 canceled reservations, the Downtown Riverside RV Park in North Little Rock, Ark., is scheduled to reopen today (July 1), according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The city-owned RV park along the Arkansas River naturally was at high risk when the river began rising toward major flood stage the last week of May. The river crested at 29.71 feet June 5, well above its flood stage of 23 feet.

River water flooded the park, washing out the foundation beneath the 14 concrete pads that are along the river, said Bob Major, executive director of the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau that oversees the park. The park has 28 pads inland, plus gravel campsites.

The park normally offers 61 full hook-ups for water, sewer and electricity for RVs and has 10 more sites with power only. The park observed its 10th anniversary in October as a popular stopover for RVers, with 2,313 stays between Jan. 1 and May 21, according to park figures.

Occupancy increased by 34% over the past five years. The park also received a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently positive reviews.

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