Normally, campgrounds would be packed this time of year. But right now the only people allowed to stay at the Kampground of America (KOA) campground in Greenfield are essential workers and full-time RVers. But what has park owners frustrated, according to a recent report by RVT6 in Indianapolis, is other parts of Indiana’s economy are being allowed to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We specialize in creating a place for families to have fun, recreational camping,” Rachel Vaughan, Indianapolis KOA operations manager, said. “People cannot do that right now. So right now we are only able to have essential workers here and those that live in their RVs. So it is very disappointing because this is our big season.”
Springtime is huge for the Indianapolis KOA campgrounds – 90% of their business is RV camping. Typically, they’d be hosting many people right now for the Indy 500 and other events happening in the Circle City. But even without those events, they see no reason why their business has come to a halt with campgrounds unable to open until May 24.
“I think that is like starting a football game in the third quarter,” Vaughan said. “People here are obviously very spread out as you can see. Our sites are huge.”
According to the state’s re-opening plan, campgrounds are set to open in phase 3 — the same as gyms, fitness centers, pools and movie theaters.
“We really should’ve never closed. Hotels, they have been open the whole entire time,” Vaughan said. “But people can actually park their RV at a hotel, go stay at a hotel and use someone else’s amenities. So it just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”