The Sisters, Ore., parks advisory board wants to hear what local residents see as the purpose of Creekside Campground and what, if anything, they think should be done with the campground, the Nugget News reported.

At their Oct. 29 meeting the board, made up of citizen volunteers, asked city staff to prepare a draft proposal for improvements to the campground, including wider roads, more full-hookup spaces, new restrooms, and noise abatement along Highway 20.

On Nov. 5, the board reconvened to review the draft plan. In attendance at that meeting were a number of neighbors who live adjacent to the campground and have multiple issues regarding what happens in their neighborhood because of the campground. Concerns were voiced about safety, noise, pollution of Whychus Creek, traffic congestion, air pollution from campfire smoke, illegally parked campers and motorhomes, and unsightly laundry hanging in campsites.

J. J. Yakovella, who lives on Locust Street two blocks south of the campground, questioned the benefit of the campground to the town. “My tax money is being used to maintain and improve the campground and I don’t see a benefit for the whole town. If you’re going to do anything inside the park, you have to do something for the residents who live near it. It’s becoming intolerable.”

Coyote Springs resident Alan Hull mentioned that big rigs wandering through his neighborhood get trapped because of the trees that were purposely left in the area, necessitating their having to try to turn around and back up.

Another resident commented that it seemed as if the city wants to take a nice community campground and make it into something that isn’t safe and wasn’t planned for getting bigger. “A lot can be lost if you make it ‘usable.’ It should be for tents and small RVs. It’s not a KOA” (Kampgrounds of America), she said.

Liam Hughes, the board’s chairman, summarized the various issues raised: “Do you adapt the campground to the people who want to use it or keep it the way it is and exclude those who don’t fit it?”

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