Jason Hommes | Staff Writer
Phase two of an improvement project to the George City Campground is nearing completion — and just in time for summer. All camping spots have been upgraded or are currently being upgraded and will soon feature water and sewer access, as well as several other amenities for each site, including electricity, a concrete camping pad, a fire ring and a picnic table.
The city used grant money to purchase new picnic tables a few years back, and then began phase one of the campground improvement project shortly thereafter. Phase one saw the revamping of six camping sites as well as a newly-constructed bathroom facility/storm shelter that includes showers. This brought the total number of camping sites with electricity, water and sewer hookups up to 11.
None of the improvements would have been possible without grant money from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
For the first improvement phase, the city of George received $72,778 from the Riverboat Foundation. George City Clerk Laurie Koerselman explained that the city applied for a second grant for phase two of the improvement project and received another $19,584 from the Riverboat Foundation.
“The work is still ongoing right now,” said Koerselman. “It should be completed in the next couple of weeks, probably sometime just after Memorial Day. All of the phase two sites have water and sewer access now and some of them have concrete pads already, and the ones that don’t will have all of that soon.”
Koerselman said the camping sites fully upgraded during phase one received plenty of use last summer. “They were open for the season last summer after having been completed in the spring, and they were pretty much full for the entire summer. We have a monthly rate now and some people took advantage of that; it’s $250 for 30 consecutive days, and for individual nights it’s only $15.”
The George City Campground is in an ideal location with plenty of services available either in the campground itself or adjacent to it. A swimming pool, volleyball court, baseball and softball fields, Frisbee golf course, playground, and recreational bike/walking trail are all woven throughout the campground area, and everything is tucked away in a quiet area on the southeast side of town. With that said, it’s still only a short distance to the downtown area.
“It’s a great location and it’s just a really beautiful area. We think this is a really cool thing for the city of George and for Lyon County,” said Koerselman. “It’s a really nice campground and it’s going to be even nicer in a couple weeks when the improvement project is all done.”