Realizing that Frostburg, Md., has become a popular second-night-out destination for hikers and bikers traveling from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on the Great Allegheny Passage, city officials Thursday (Aug. 20) established a policy for overflow camping in city parks, according to the Cumberland (Md.) Times-News.
“We were approached by John Sayler of Trail End B&B and Campground who was seeking a new city policy to provide for camping space when his area filled up,” said City Administrator John Kirby.
Brian Vought, director of parks and recreation, said Friday that much of the overflow camping will be directed to Frostburg Community Park, which also houses the public swimming pool.
In the past, requests for camping at city parks were dealt with individually.
“We have had Boy Scouts camp at the (Glendening) recreational complex,” Vought said. “Just (Thursday) night we had 15 campers at the community park. Next month we have a group of 40 coming through.”
Vought said there have been no problems associated with the overflow camping.
“We wanted to be ready for the future,” Kirby said. “The resolution about overflow camping is in effect as of now.”
There will be a charge of $10 per camper, according to the new rules. The city will designate which part of the parks can be used and written approval is required.
Campers must be out of the park by 8 a.m. so that normal public use can resume. Camping could be denied if normal park activities for a certain day would preclude it. A liability waiver must be signed.
Alcohol is not permitted in camping areas.