CENTRAL POINT, OR – Jackson County is embarking on a project to construct a 92-space recreational vehicle (RV) park located on property immediately north of the EXPO grounds. Located off of Peninger Road, the park will be built north of the main EXPO grounds in an undeveloped area containing several fishing ponds.
The RV Park will be built specifically to cater to larger recreation vehicles and will include water, sewer, 50-amp electrical service and WiFi internet service throughout the park. Most all RV “slips” will be convenient pull-through type sites and will be a minimum of 60 feet in length, with some up to 75 feet for very large RV’s. Three flush restrooms, buildings with showers, a covered shelter for group events, and a park headquarters building are also included in the park.
The park will serve the outdoor recreation needs of Jackson County citizens, while providing a place for the travelling public to stay as well.
“We have a huge demand in Jackson County for additional overnight RV parking, which is recognized in our County Parks System Master Plan and we expect this park to be a great addition to our Parks Program,” said John Vial, Roads and Parks Director for Jackson County. “Being located adjacent to Interstate 5, next to the EXPO, and in a centrally located area to take day trips to visit the many attractions in Southern Oregon combine to make this a great location for an RV Park” Vial added.
In addition to the construction of the RV Park, the project will include enhancement of day-use facilities serving the fishing ponds, including a paved parking area, restroom, paved walkways, and improved bank side fishing access for those with mobility challenges.
The project is funded with county funds and is expected to have a total cost of $5.0 million dollars. The park will be constructed by the County Parks Program and will be managed as a county park. The county-owned land the project is being built on was previously managed by the Jackson County Fair Board. Management authority was transferred back to the County in August to facilitate the construction of the park.
This property was partially obtained with Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants and as a result must be used for public outdoor recreation purposes. Jackson County has had plans for more than 25 years to build an RV park somewhere near the EXPO.
“This park being located immediately adjacent to the EXPO grounds creates wonderful partnership activities where fairgrounds users can enjoy activities on the fairgrounds and then walk a short distance to a great county park to spend the night,” said Helen Funk, EXPO Director. Net revenue from the park will be used to help support Jackson County’s overall parks program as well as to support EXPO operations. “The EXPO is excited to see this development as we are confident this will be a great enhancement and support to the fairgrounds,” Funk added.
Construction of this project will require the closing of public access to property containing the north “EXPO Ponds” on October 12, 2015 and property will remain closed to public access until project completion in 2016. While the north ponds are closed for construction, the Oregon Department and Fish and Wildlife plans to shift its Fall trout stocking schedule and stock the large pond located south of the main EXPO grounds.