Northgate Resorts Expands Park Portfolio in 2017

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December 6, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Northgate broke ground in late October at its Golden Valley, N.C. park

With revenues doubling, 2017 was an exciting year for everyone at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts.

It was capped in late October with the announcement that Northgate had broken ground on a multimillion dollar project to convert a former 550-acre Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley, N.C. into a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, the ninth Jellystone Park that Northgate owns.

All told, the company, which was founded in 2013, now owns 11 resorts, two of which are not branded as Jellystone Parks. Zach Bossenbroek, CEO of Northgate Partners LLC, said that selecting a new campground to own is a labor of love for everyone involved.

“There is a lot that goes into it,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. “We look at demographics, where the park is located. We want resorts that are near big population centers or near areas that have a tourism component, something we can draw people in from.”

Northgate’s first acquisition was a Jellystone Park, something Bossenbroek said the company learned a lot from and that they now try to emulate at their other properties.

“We liked the family model of Jellystone Parks, so we decided to keep that moving forward,” he said.

Northgate intends to stay in that mold as it invest capitol in its newest acquisition in Golden Valley. Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bossenbroek said that the campground itself is massive and provides breathtaking views of the mountains.

“The views are amazing,” he said. “It is such a beautiful location for a campground.”

With treehouses and a large lodge already located at the campground, plans for the park also include park model RVs, glamping tents and large, multi-bedroom accommodations for family reunions and other large groups.

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