The Sault’s Department of Public Works has been working to prepare the Aune Osborn Campground for the upcoming camping season starting May 15, according to The Sault News.
Trisha Kiczenski, recreation coordinator of the Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Department of Public Works said the staff runs through a pre-season checklist. This list includes routine maintenance, hiring staff, ordering supplies, reinstating utilities to the park, equipment checks, lining up contracted services, accessing necessary repairs to building, lighting and grounds, and basic spring cleanup of the sites.
“Currently, we just completed spring grounds work to improve drainage at the park,” said Kiczenski. “This has been an ongoing project and is in its third year. In the past, the campground had the issue of standing water after heavy rainfalls. This problem has now been corrected by our Department of Public Works by installing drain tile throughout the park, trenching to encourage runoff and adding topsoil to low areas.”
Kiczenski noted another improvement for guests: increased internet signal, which has been tripled this year. This work of upgrading our wifi equipment started in 2019. Since many campground guests work while on vacation, this increased internet access is a vital and beneficial improvement. Other improvements are underway, such as leveling site pads and installing several new fire pits and picnic tables.
Aune Osborn Campground, which features 24 sites along the waterfront, includes amenities including water and electricity to each of its 100 sites. All of the sites are equipped with fire rings, picnic tables and wireless internet. The campground houses handicap-accessible restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Bundles of firewood are available for purchase for guests. There is a vending machine on-site for pop and snacks. There are bulk water and sewer dumping stations, two boat launches, and a fish cleaning station all available to the public.