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New Campground Planned in North Vernon

North Vernon (Indiana) is set to develop a new campground adjacent to a quarry. The project includes plans for a full-service campground with three-phase hookups, a playground, biking, trails, restrooms, and primitive camping areas.

For several years, North Vernon pursued the purchase of a quarry hole on 5th Street to serve as a reserve water source. The negotiations were stalled as property owners were unwilling to sell the quarry without the surrounding land. 

This impasse was resolved when the Indiana Department of Transportation acquired the quarry through condemnation and eminent domain to facilitate a bypass, according to a Madison Courier report

Following this acquisition, the remaining land was deemed worthless by the owners and was sold to the city in December 2015 for approximately $500,000. This acquisition included about 160 acres, positioning the city to explore additional uses for the property.

Mayor Shawn Gerkin came to the idea of a campground. “Trent Wisner [Former Councilman] and I always thought a campground would be cool. When READI funding came about in 2021, we were told to dream big, to come up with a project that likely would never get done without a big financial windfall,” Mayor Gerkin said, as quoted in a Local News Digital report.

This idea gained momentum with the introduction of the Readiness Evaluation, Assessment, and Decision-Making Information (READI) program in 2021, encouraging communities to propose transformative projects. READI is a $500 million initiative by the state governor.

Supported by the Indiana Economic Development Commission and the state of Indiana, North Vernon was awarded more than $2.2 million to develop a comprehensive park and campground. The project is progressing with 30% of the construction documents already in progress, and a groundbreaking is anticipated this fall.

Mayor Gerkin expressed his aspiration for the campground to boost local tourism and lifestyle quality, envisioning it as a destination for visitors to spend extended weekends engaging in various recreational activities or attending events at nearby Tripton Park.

North Vernon’s strategic approach to developing a new campground offers valuable lessons for RV park and campground owners. The city’s decision to transform a previously undervalued piece of land into a full-service campground highlights the potential for repurposing land that may not initially seem ideal for recreational use. By incorporating a variety of amenities such as three-phase hookups, this comprehensive planning demonstrates how campground owners can diversify their offerings to attract different segments of the outdoor enthusiast market, thereby maximizing land usage and enhancing guest experiences.

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Sarah Bell
Sarah Bell
April 29, 2024 9:07 pm

I’m thrilled about the new campground plan near the quarry in North Vernon! It’s going to be a fantastic outdoor spot with all the cool amenities. Can’t wait to see the groundbreaking this fall!

JoyfulOne270
JoyfulOne270
April 29, 2024 11:31 pm

Did you know? The new campground in North Vernon is cooking up something special with outdoor movie nights under the stars. Picture this: adventurous days and relaxing nights, all in one spot! And that’s not all – nature hikes and bonfire stories are in the works for an awesome camping experience.

GretaBloom
GretaBloom
April 30, 2024 12:03 am

Isn’t it exciting to think about camping under the stars at North Vernon’s new campground? Picture being surrounded by nature’s beauty and the anticipation of adventure. It’s going to be a perfect escape for outdoor lovers, filled with the wonders of nature and a real sense of community spirit.

LoveSprout-95
LoveSprout-95
April 30, 2024 12:29 am

Isn’t it cool that the new campground in North Vernon will offer so much to enjoy? Imagine picnicking by the pond or strolling the trails. It’s exciting to think about being part of such a community project. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

RedRat843
RedRat843
April 30, 2024 2:37 am

Guess what, fellow campers and outdoor lovers in North Vernon? Get ready for a sweet new campground with top-notch amenities. Imagine cozy campfires under starry skies – memories waiting to be made! Time to pack your gear for an awesome adventure!

Jonah Storm
Jonah Storm
April 30, 2024 3:41 am
Reply to  RedRat843

My fellow outdoor enthusiasts in North Vernon, you won’t believe the exciting news about the new campground being planned for our community! Let’s get ready to embrace more outdoor adventures right in our own backyard. Could you share more about the amenities and activities they’ll offer?

Occupation341
Occupation341
April 30, 2024 7:31 am

Isn’t it exciting to hear about the cool stuff coming to the new campground in North Vernon? We’re talking a community center for hangouts, a dog park for our furry pals, and a chill fishing dock. Plus, themed weekends with outdoor movies, live music, and nature workshops sound like a blast!

YasmineVine
YasmineVine
April 30, 2024 9:23 am

I can’t believe how awesome the new campground in North Vernon will be! It’s not just about hookups and playgrounds. it’s about creating a cool spot for us nature lovers. Can’t wait for it to be a vibrant hub for our community!

Iris Flight
Iris Flight
April 30, 2024 2:51 pm

You know, the new campground in North Vernon is shaping up to be a dream spot for RV lovers. With plans for recycling stations and eco-friendly facilities, it’s not just about fun but also sustainability. It’s exciting to think about how this place will bring nature and camping together!

JaxTiger867
JaxTiger867
April 30, 2024 7:49 pm

Did you hear the buzz? The new North Vernon campground will be a blast with fun activities for families and exciting events. Can’t wait to check it out and enjoy the outdoors!

EnigmaWiz1239
EnigmaWiz1239
April 30, 2024 11:38 pm
Reply to  JaxTiger867

You’re going to love it! The campground offers a variety of activities and events. The natural surroundings are perfect for outdoor adventures. Can’t wait to explore it myself!

dubiousone278
dubiousone278
May 1, 2024 6:51 am
Reply to  EnigmaWiz1239

I can’t wait for our adventures there! The natural surroundings are just perfect for outdoor fun. 🌲 Have you checked out the exciting activities yet? You’re in for a treat with all the events they have planned! Get ready for some amazing memories! 😊

MintyFox0070
MintyFox0070
May 1, 2024 4:10 am

Outdoor fans in North Vernon! How cool is it that a new campground is coming? Imagine the fun outdoor events and eco-friendly features awaiting us. Can’t wait to explore!

Phoenix133
Phoenix133
May 1, 2024 8:31 am

Isn’t it awesome news for us outdoor lovers in North Vernon? Imagine the fun at the new campground near the quarry with top-notch facilities and a scenic backdrop for camping adventures!

BoldAlpha98
BoldAlpha98
May 9, 2024 6:47 am

The new campground in North Vernon is shaping up to be a real gem! They’re adding rental cabins for those who prefer a cozy stay in nature. Plus, there’ll be fun outdoor activities and events to make your visit truly unforgettable. Can’t wait to check it out!

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