b'Campers are looking for unique, active recreationopportunities, like this ropes attraction from Allegan, Mich.-based RCI Adventure Products. Park and Recreation Manufacturersare Noticing an Uptick in Sales asMore Owners Look to Add AmenitiesWhile RV park and campground owners parks entering the market over the past 18have notably been adding sitesincluding months.a variety of unique accommodations, cab- As more glamping resorts continue toins and park model RVsthey also have be developed, we are noticing a significantbeen expanding the variety of fun activities focus on families and younger campers,and amenities their parks offer. Romens continued. The developers seemIt is no secret that campers arent just tobefocusingonlooking for a fire pit and a place to rest their those categories andheads. They want to create memories and understandingthatexperience the outdoors in ways that arent camperswanttobeavailable at home. active, they want to in-From aerial ropes courses to trikes and clude everybody, andtraditional playgrounds, there are a variety they want to get outof options to keep campers busy, potentially and recreate.turning an owners park from another stop We had one of our Finding amenities that can add a WOW! factor to a park, like this inflatable slide from Freestylealong the way to a destination point. bestyearsin2019, Slides Inc., can turn a park into a destination point for travelers. Many recreation equipment suppliers Ryan Houchens accordingtoRyanWoodallsCampgroundManagement Houchens, vice presi-(WCM) spoke with said they remained busy dent of sales for Turners Falls, Mass.-based business as more campground owners look well, said Scott Lundmark, AGS president.throughout 2019. Cold River Mining, a manufacturer of gem- for activities that allow all age groups to Newer to the private campground andRon Romens, founder and president of stone mining sluices. Our customer num- enjoy a good time. RV park sectors, Allegan, Mich.-based RCIVerona,Wis.-basedCommercialRecre- bers are up, and we attribute a lot of the Itbringspeopletogether,hetold Adventure Products has been finding suc-ationSpecialists that to word-of-mouth. We have worked WCM, and anybody cess selling climbing walls, mazes, and its(CRS), said the com- hardtoimprovethe can play. Sky Trail and Sky Tykesrope attractions,pany continues to see actual product that we ForTraverseCity, according to Alexa Kinnison, RCI contentdouble-digit growth. aresellingtocus- Mich.-basedAdven- marketing manager.Wehavedone tomers, too. tureGolfServices We find that our attractions tap intosome very nice proj- Miniature golf has (AGS), which also pro- thatexperientialeducationaspectthatectsoverthepast experienced a renais- ducesminiaturegolf many campers are looking for, she ex-yearorso,heex- sanceofsorts,ac- courses, 2019 was a plained.plained. The RV park cordingtoJoe record year. WCM talkedwithawidevarietyofandcampground Buckshon,ownerof Wesawstrong recreation equipment suppliers to see whatRon Romens market is very strong Jessup,Penn.-based demand for both ourScott Lundmark they had to offer and the trends they arefor us, and we have Joe Buckshon Mini-Golf Inc. He has concrete product and noticing in the growing RV park and camp-noticed an increase in the number of new noticed an increase in our new Modular Advantage product as ground arena.10 -March 2020 Woodalls Campground Management'