More amenities could come to campsites in the Red River State Recreation Area campground if the East Grand Forks (Minn.) City Council accepts a bid for their installation, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reported.

The bid received preliminary approval from the council at its Tuesday (Aug. 26) work session. In total, the project could cost about $258,000 to install electricity or full service — water, sewer and electricity — in nearly 20 campsites.

The city has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that will cover $250,000 of the costs, leaving the city to pitch in for the rest.

Electricity will be installed in three campsites. These rustic sites are a draw for a number of people, according to park manager Catherine Johnson.

“People prefer those sites,” she said. “Some people don’t want to pay for those services.”

Families starting out with a small units or motorcyclists pulling small trailers are the people most likely to utilize the simpler campsites, Johnson said.

The remaining 15 campsites would be outfitted with full service. The campground has 113 campsites total, with 85 that previously were outfitted with full service.

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