Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of Yogi Bear Jellystone Parks, has added two facilities to its nationwide system, according to a press release. Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort became the fifth Texas campground to join the network along with Uniontown, Ohio-based Clear Water Park Camping Resort.
Whispering Pines, a 30-year-old park in Tyler, offers 133 RV sites and 18 park model cabins. Owners Don and Jan Tardy, who acquired the park in May, said they wanted to join Jellystone Park chain to expand their marketing reach.
“I like the concept of Jellystone Park and I want to emphasize the fact that we are a park that caters to families,” Don Tardy said, adding that Whispering Pines will officially join the Jellystone Park chain on Jan. 1.
Originally built in 1947, Clear Water Park had been neglected for many years and needed major updating to make it competitive in today’s market.
Mert and Charlene Yoder, who bought the park 10 years ago, spent close to $700,000 in improvements and new amenities, including new pull-through campsites, cabins, a waterslide, a miniature golf course and a gem mining sluice – quadrupling the park’s business base.
“When we reopen May 1, we will reopen as a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort,” Mert Yoder said.