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Proposal Seeks Comprehensive Revamp of Oakley Campground to Boost Usage and Revenue

A significant proposal aiming to enhance the utilization and income of the Oakley Campground was presented to the Oakley City Council by David Diehl, owner of Oakley Rentals. 

The initiative involves a partnership with the city where Diehl would manage the day-to-day operations of the underused campground, promising a substantial increase in revenue.

Diehl expressed confidence in the plan’s potential during the council meeting, stating, “We have a really good plan put together for how we’re going to proceed.” He emphasized that the changes being proposed are flexible and could be adjusted based on the project’s success.

The proposal outlines a revenue-sharing agreement with the city. Under this arrangement, Oakley Campground, which generated about $3,500 last year, would see its earnings at least doubled in the first year under Diehl’s management. This shift would relieve the city of maintenance and marketing responsibilities, potentially improving both the usage and upkeep of the campground.

Daily operations under the new management would include site maintenance and guest check-ins, managed by Diehl’s staff. An emergency contact line would be available around the clock. Future plans may include building a residence for campground staff if the revamp proves successful.

The reservation system currently in place will remain, supported by online booking capabilities and QR codes for on-site reservations. This system is part of a broader strategy to maintain operational continuity while introducing new features.

Located within the Oakley City Recreation Complex, Oakley Campground currently does not include RV spots near the rodeo complex but features 18 individual campsites, a pavilion, a gathering area, and restroom facilities. The proposal suggests the potential addition of two to three tent and dry campsites.

In the second year of the project, Diehl plans to introduce tiny cabins as a new revenue stream. These cabins, planned without initial water or sewer hookups, would include amenities such as a loft bedroom, kitchen, living area, dining area, and a porch. Infrastructure could be expanded later depending on demand.

The city would assume ownership of these cabins if the agreement with Diehl terminates, with the option to remove or sell them depending on future needs.

The revamped campground would also offer enhanced recreational opportunities, including paddleboard and kayak rentals, as well as access to the local trail system and river. Additional amenities under consideration are firewood sales and a community fire pit.

As per a Park Record report, Diehl envisions the campground operating year-round, with continued maintenance services including snow plowing during the winter months.

To address privacy concerns, the plan includes the planting of trees and the construction of a berm. Additionally, guests staying longer than two weeks will undergo a screening process.

City Councilor Joe Frazier commented on the potential impact of the revamp, “I think it will be used more. I don’t think people know about it.” The community’s response appears supportive, reflecting a positive outlook on the proposed changes.

Diehl is scheduled to submit a formal proposal, which the council could approve at their next meeting on April 24. The Oakley Campground currently operates on a first-come, first-served basis, with rules and information available at a centrally located wooden sign.

Featured image from Oakley Campground via oakleycity.com

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bikeless7773
bikeless7773
April 12, 2024 11:52 am

You know, I’m really excited about David Diehl’s plan to revamp Oakley Campground. It’s not just about making more money. it’s also about making it an awesome experience for visitors. By going green with recycling and nature efforts and offering cool educational programs, this place is going to be the go-to spot for outdoor fun!

w1ldc4t_88v
w1ldc4t_88v
April 12, 2024 12:26 pm
Reply to  bikeless7773

It’s fantastic to focus on sustainability and education to enhance the campground experience. Have you considered introducing outdoor workshops or wildlife watching tours? These can attract more visitors and boost revenue while providing enriching experiences.

MelodySprint
MelodySprint
April 12, 2024 8:32 pm
Reply to  w1ldc4t_88v

Focusing on sustainability and education sounds awesome. I wonder if they’ve considered outdoor workshops or wildlife watching tours to attract more visitors and boost revenue. Any thoughts on that?

Iris Flight
Iris Flight
April 12, 2024 1:08 pm

Isn’t it exciting to see Oakley Campground getting a makeover? Imagine all the new fun activities and upgraded cabins waiting for us there. What do you think?

Champion237
Champion237
April 12, 2024 7:18 pm

The revamp plan for Oakley Campground sounds awesome! Outdoor lovers will soon enjoy more comforts and fun activities. Can’t wait for the cabins and new adventures coming our way!

Alphacode135
Alphacode135
April 21, 2024 8:59 pm
Reply to  Champion237

Excited for the new cabins and adventures at Oakley Campground! It’s going to be a blast for us outdoor lovers. Can’t wait for all the fun activities ahead!

Megan Collins
Megan Collins
April 13, 2024 3:44 am
Reply to  Champion237

The upgraded cabins and expanded activities will bring a whole new level of excitement to Oakley Campground. Did you know that adding a camp store with essentials can enhance the overall camping experience? Can’t wait for all the fun to come!

Gia Sunrise
Gia Sunrise
April 13, 2024 2:33 am

Have you thought about the potential at Oakley Campground? Picture a place where you can enjoy upgraded facilities, nature hikes, and eco-friendly practices – it could be a real gem!

YvonneStellar
YvonneStellar
April 13, 2024 2:54 am

Let’s chat about the Oakley Campground upgrade! They’re planning cool stuff like cabins, paddleboarding, and new family-friendly spots. Updating restrooms and adding hiking trails will make it even better!

SethPeak
SethPeak
April 13, 2024 7:42 am

I wonder if David Diehl’s going to make Oakley Campground the place to be! Heard whispers of tiny cabins, tent sites, and even marshmallow-roasting battles under the stars! Camping’s getting intense and toasty – who’d have thought? Sounds like a fun, wild ride!

jenna_jams
jenna_jams
April 13, 2024 11:36 am

I heard about the cool plans for Oakley Campground! They’re aiming to boost revenue with new features and eco-friendly initiatives. Can’t wait for those guided nature walks and stargazing sessions!

NinjaTaco422
NinjaTaco422
April 13, 2024 2:20 pm

Isn’t it awesome? The campground’s makeover includes eco-friendly plans like recycling and fun events. Let’s make Oakley Campground a top spot for nature lovers and outdoor buffs!

Emma Ward
Emma Ward
April 13, 2024 10:41 pm

I’m so curious about the changes at Oakley Campground! What other sustainable ideas are they planning? Excited to see how they’ll partner with the community for a cozy vibe there!

jerrybeans
jerrybeans
April 13, 2024 10:56 pm

Have you thought about how the changes at Oakley Campground might affect the wildlife and environment there? It’s important to be mindful of their habitats. I believe we should ensure thorough environmental assessments and sustainable practices to protect the biodiversity in the area.

Fascin8m36
Fascin8m36
April 13, 2024 11:06 pm

The revamped Oakley Campground is set to be a bustling spot for community events, fostering a tight-knit vibe among visitors. I’m excited about the eco-friendly tweaks in Diehl’s proposal!

lisa_lopez
lisa_lopez
April 14, 2024 5:19 am

Isn’t it cool how Oakley Campground is getting a facelift? Guided walks, educational programs, and an online booking system sound like great additions. Can’t wait to check it out!

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