Editor’s note: WOODALLSCM.com will be running a series of articles that look at the winners of some of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Awards of Excellence. This story is part of that series.
ARVC has named Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest, located in Harrisville, Pa., its Park of the Year and Plan-It-Green Park of the Year at the 2020 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), held virtually from Nov. 2-5. The Park of the Year Awards are a signature part of ARVC’s Awards of Excellence, which are presented annually to the standout parks and individuals in the outdoor hospitality industry.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest received the Park of the Year Award in the Medium Park Category (101-250 sites) and the Plan-It Green Friendly Park Award in the Small/Medium category (1-250 sites).
“The parks that receive the Park of the Year Award and the Plan-It Green Park of the Year are at the pinnacle of the industry, and it is incredible to see a park that is able to excel in both categories,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC. “The Quigley’s park is not only wonderful destinations with fantastic amenities but more importantly the owners and staff are focused on creating experiences that are sustainable for generations to come. There is a reason Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest has won these honors multiple times – it truly is one of the nation’s premier parks.”
Owned by Gary and Denny Quigley, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest has consistently been one of the nation’s premier parks and continues to stand out from the crowd in 2020. After starting as an independent park with just four employees, the park has grown to a staff of 50-plus and joined the Jellystone family, becoming a park that has now claimed this Medium Park of the Year Award five times.
Judges gave this park top marks across the board, including one perfect score, and noted, “Kudos to you and for all you do for your campers and the industry. You are, and will always be, winners in more ways than you know.” Featuring virtually every amenity and activity guests are looking for, and constantly upgrading and adding new features, this park is both family-friendly and Plan-It Green Friendly.
The ARVC Plan-It-Green Park of the Year Award honors parks that show leadership, innovation and commitment to running an environmentally friendly park. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest won the award partly for taking small steps but making a big impact on the environment — from heating their pool with solar heat to shifting to high-efficiency tankless water heaters to using recycled materials in all their public spaces. The park is a leader in the industry and puts green ideas into action in all they do, showcasing how a park can truly be environmentally conscious and provide all the details guests are looking for in a campground.
The Park of the Year Awards are part of the ARVC Awards of Excellence which are given out every year at OHCE. View the complete list of award winners here: https://www.arvc.org/Blog/2145/ARVC-Parks-of-the-Year,-Awards-of-Excellence-Announced
OHCE is a four-day event held annually by ARVC. This year’s event included more than 25 educational seminars, a trade show with more than 80 vendors, Takeaway Tours, ARVC’s Awards of Excellence dinner, a Reservation Management Panel, the ARVC Foundation Silent Auction and more. Visit arvc.org/OHCE for more info.
OHCE2021 will take place in Raleigh, N.C., from Nov. 8-11, 2021.