City of Grand Forks adopts new campground policy

The City of Grand Forks has adopted a new policy (Campground Procedure Policy No. 1206) for the campground at City Park.

The campsite at City Park in Grand Forks.

The campsite at City Park in Grand Forks.

The City of Grand Forks has adopted a new policy (Campground Procedure Policy No. 1206) for the campground at City Park.

The city said it was in need of a policy to ensure operations are meeting the needs of council and best management practices.

Rates for the 2013 season are $18 for tenting, $23 for RV parking with no hook ups and for RVs with water, sewer and electrical, it is $33.

The season will last from May 1 to Sept. 30 and rates will include tenting and recreational vehicle (RV) parking.

For the offseason (from Oct. 1 to April 30), rates would be paid in advance and services would not include tenting, washroom access, water or snow removal but would include RV parking with sewer service (depending on the weather) and electrical service.

There is a maximum size of 12 metres (40 feet) for RVs but no restriction on the width and slides.

According to the city, sites numbered one through seven are for shorter RVs with a depth of nine metres (30 feet). Sites eight to 15 are for longer RVs with a depth of 12 metres. Sites 16 to 21 have pull through access.

Forty-eight hours would be required for cancellation and if there is no written receipt before the 48 hours, customers will be charged a penalty with no exceptions (one night camping rate as per site reserved).

Check-out time is noon and check-in time would be 1 p.m. or earlier, dependent on if the site is ready.

Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times.

Reservations are taken at city hall, the Visitor Information Centre and staff at the campsite.

In addition, Wi-Fi Internet service is included and access to the campground washrooms is provided at no additional cost.

Bylaw enforcement will attend the site when there are people camping without authorization and if the person or people cannot be found, the said site will be cleared at the violator’s expense.

According to the city, while the campground was operated previously by the Visitors’ Centre, city operations staff took over in 2006 and the campground received water, sewer, electrical and sewer upgrades. In 2012, additional upgrades were made with the addition of panels to separate recreational vehicle sites.