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Pennsylvania Parks Make Major Upgrades

The economy may be mired in recession, but that hasn’t stopped private campground owners in Pennsylvania from investing in new campsites, cabins and other upgrades for the upcoming camping season.

“The recession is temporary, and most campground and RV park operators believe that it behooves them to move forward with their improvement plans to remain competitive with other travel and tourism options,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), in a news release.

As a result, she said, many private park operators are investing in new facilities and amenities this year, which include everything from cabins to activity centers and miniature golf courses, skate parks and waterslides. For example:

The push by private park operators to improve their facilities has been going on for many years. In fact, three quarters of private park owners made an average of $147,508 in improvements to their parks in 2007, according to the National Operations & Economic Survey of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which was sponsored by the ARVC Foundation and conducted by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Profaizer cautioned that not every park is investing in capital improvements this year, and some may hold off on projects until later this year until they get a better sense of where the economy is going and how their business is doing.

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