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Leisure Systems Adds Parks in Calif., Penn.

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Leisure Systems Inc., franchiser of 70 Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in the U.S. and Canada, has added new parks in Milton, Pa., and Cobb, Calif., to its roster.
“We are proud to add these particular facilities to our North American Jellystone Park system,” said Rob Schutter, Cincinnati-based Leisure Systems president and COO. “Both Yogi at Shangri La in Milton and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Cobb Mountain are ideal locations for quality camping resorts, and will reflect the values of Jellystone Parks.”
Yogi at Shagri La Camp-Resort in Central Pennsylvania at the foot of Mountour Ridge, is owned by Brant Management, which also owns Legacy RV Resorts with 10 locations in the United States, including Jellystone Parks in Cherokee, N.C., and Waller, Texas.
Shangri La is managed by Jim and Betsy Laughner, veterans of the property, formerly operated as Shangri La on the Creek.
The park features wading and swimming pools, a poolside cafe, and a three-story playground that includes a trampoline, rock-climbing wall and chutes.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Cobb Mountain formerly operated as Beaver Creek Campground, which has undergone $400,000 in renovations. Owner Brian Barnhart is the second-generation of his family to operate the park in northern California.
Cobb Mountain features 107 full-hookup sites, along with creek-side cabins, fully furnished two-bedroom A-frames and tent rentals. Planned summer activities include outdoor movies, softball and soccer, pedal car rentals and year-around trout fishing. Wi-Fi Internet access is available at all sites, and a new camp store, restaurant and 18-hole miniature golf course are in the planning stages.
In other Leisure Systems news, Jellystone Park, Warrens, Wisc., in April hosted Camp Sunshine Wisconsin, providing 17 cancer patients and their families a free week at the park.
“Our business is all about serving families,” said owner Ed Van der Molen. “Camp Sunshine allows us to bring together families who have had many separations due to hospitalization.”
While the children played, their parents participated in team-building games and group sessions led by a psycho-social director.
An expanded session for 40 families is planned for Oct. 15-20 at the newly opened Jellystone Park Three Bears Lodge, a 90-room lodge and conference center on the Jellystone grounds in Warrens.

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