Thousand Trails is spending $2 million to upgrade its camping preserves over the winter.
“Overall, our goal is to give you better roads for driving at the parks, better campsites to park your rig, better power hookups for your RV and basically, nicer surroundings for you to relax and enjoy a wonderful vacation,” Joe McAdams, president of Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. and TT’s parent company, told readers in the January/February issue of Trailblazer magazine.
Here are examples of some of the dozens of projects taking place over the winter:
From East Coast to Texas: Work is beginning on campsite renovations for 200 campsites at the Orlando, Fla., preserve and 250 campsites at the Indian Lakes, Ind., preserve; the main roadways at Lake Conroe, Texas, Indian Lakes and Medina Lake, Texas, are being repaved or improved; and major electrical upgrades are underway at the Chesapeake Bay, Va., Forest Lake, N.C., Hershey, Pa., and the St. Clair, Mich., preserves.
West Coast: New playgrounds are under construction at San Benito, Calif., Lake of the Springs, Calif., and Oakzanita Springs, Calif.; road improvements and a new entry fence at Wilderness Lakes, Calif.; new paddle boats, kayaks, picnic tables and barbecue grills at Lake Minden, Calif.; new lodge furniture at La Conner, Wash., and Pacific City, Ore.; a remodeled entrance and new ranger station at Leavenworth, Wash.; new fencing and horse corrals at Rancho Oso, Calif.; and new flooring for the family lodge and new fencing at Palm Springs, Calif.
“Depending on permits and weather, some of these projects may take longer than others to break ground, but the funding is there and the park managers are just as eager as you to see these projects completed,” McAdams said.
The upgrade project started with preserve managers creating a “wish list” for what their park needed or wanted, McAdams explained. He said ELS is fulfilling “a large portion” of their requests.