They come from far and near this week  to enjoy the Margaret MacNider Campground in Mason City, Iowa.

Perley Holloway is from near — he lives five blocks away, according to the Mason City Glboe Gazette.

“Once you’re in the park, you don’t really realize you’re in town,” Holloway said. “But it’s convenient if you forget something.”

City officials gathered Thursday afternoon (May 27) outside the new camp store for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating completion of the 95-site campground’s $1.66 million renovation.

It included a storm shelter/bath house which can hold up to 358 people and withstand tornado-force winds; newly paved roads; trailer camping pads with water, sewer and electrical hookups; a dump station; a new office/camp store for buying necessities; and room for at least 20 tent campers.

Three new picnic shelters offer handicapped-accessible picnic tables.

The storm shelter/bathhouse includes showers and coin-operated washers and dryers for laundry.

Overall, “I really like it. I really do,” said Steve Jicka of Nora Springs. “Whoever did it put a lot of thought into it. I like the aesthetics.”

“I like it all,” said Steve’s wife, Anna. “I love camping.”

Steve said the 52-year-old campground’s electrical and water situations needed upgrading.

“And they did all that,” he said. “They did a good job with it.”