The plan to build a 20-stall RV park near Missouri’s Ninth Street and International Avenue intersection was the central aspect of the Washington City Council’s workshop meeting on Monday. According to a report, the council members were different in their opinions about the proposed park.
“I am torn,” said Fourth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Pettet. “I think we could certainly use an RV Park that is closer than what we currently have, but I am torn about it being so close to a residential neighborhood.”
Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Giesike and Tourism Director Emily Underdown said that the proposed RV park would be constructed on an “underutilized” property with “easy access to Highway 100.”
“We’ve considered lots of different properties, including some public and privately owned property. Some were not financially feasible. Some of the other plots of land just weren’t feasible as far as being able to hold an RV park,” Underdown said in her presentation to the council.
The project is now feasible because of Washington’s $2.6 million in American Rescue Plan funds. The city’s leaders plan to contribute $200,000 towards the project if the city council approves it.
Chamber officials say they plan to rent the spaces that measure 30-foot-by-50-foot spaces for $35 per night. However, Second Ward Alderman Greg Skornia said he felt that the price was too low considering the amenities offered by the proposed RV park.
Each site will be supplied with electricity, water, and sewer hookup, Giesike said. Shower houses will not be constructed within the RV park, as per officials.
Bookings will be made online and paid in advance, Giesike said.
The guests are limited to staying up to 10 nights. They will not be able to reserve a second campsite without leaving for at the very least one night.
“The reason we chose ten nights was because they could come in on a Friday and stay through the following Monday, so they would get two weekends in Washington if they wanted to,” Giesike said.
Each campsite would include a fire pit and picnic table, and one vehicle apart from the RV would be allowed to park on-site. Other vehicles would have to park off-site or use parking spaces on the street.
If the city council approves it, checkout would be at 1 p.m., and the check-in period would be 3 p.m.
There were no tent campsites in Monday night’s proposal. Officials declared that anyone camping on the property would be removed immediately, and their rent would not be reimbursed.
Fourth Ward councilman Joe Holtmeier said he is supportive of the RV park. However, Skornia declared that he was not convinced the city should get involved in the RV park business.
Chamber leaders plan to come back for a presentation and discussion during the December 6 meeting of the Washington City Council.
According to Underdown, the development of the campground occurs when the RV industry is witnessing growth in popularity. According to statistics, 11.2 million American households own RVs, increasing 26 percent from 2011.