In a continuing trend by the campground industry to add park model accommodations to campgrounds, seven new park model cabins and a camp store are among $500,000 in improvements at the Vineyards Campground at Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas, the city council decided Tuesday (Sept. 7).
Council members voted to start the process of issuing a $500,000 bond to pay for the cabins and furnishings, a camp store and five boat docks. They also approved spending $267,524 of the bond money specifically for the seven manufactured cabins for the 52-acre, city-owned camping area, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
“There has been strong demand” for the campground’s existing five cabins, “and it’s growing,” said Joe Moore, Grapevine’s assistant parks director.
Each new cabin will cover about 395 square feet. Each will be supplied with kitchen utensils and appliances and will have plumbing and air conditioning.
The 400-square-foot camp store will carry “minor supplies and sundries,” Moore said. It will also have a computer station for campers to check e-mail.
Docks will be installed at four recreational-vehicle camping sites and at the campground boat ramp.
Cabin rental fees — $106 to $145 a night — are expected to generate enough to repay the bond and cover maintenance costs.
The upgrades are the latest of several in recent years. In April, the city approved $1.4 million to build foundations for the seven cabins and to hook up water and sewer service and electricity to 17 RV sites. That work began in May and is set to end late next month.
A $1.8 million renovation in 2006 added the five cabins, a fish-cleaning site, new and renovated restrooms, and 13 RV sites.