We are geeks about big machines, dirt and building things. We figure some of you may be too. With that in mind, below is the story of our journey from a dilapidated acreage to Yankton's most complete RV park. The process took about a year and a half from breaking ground to the final details like sod and lighting.
Controlling the Natural Springs
The name Spring Water RV Village was born of the tremendous battle to control the artesian springs existing on this land. Three natural springs produce approximately 600 gallons of iron-rich water per hour.
Once the spring water was under control, it was time to prepare the property for the campers which would be soon taking up residence there. From leveling to utilities, this was another lengthy job which would form the look of the park.
What is a camping destination without a huge picnic shelter? We thought so too, which is why we decided to build a huge one! In fact, we built a basement under the the shelter which houses pumps and utilities to keep them out of site. Attached to the picnic shelter is a prep-kitchen (coming Spring 2011) which allows for simpler storage and distribution of the food.
The home-base of the RV Park is the Clubhouse. While the Clubhouse had a few past lives as a General Store and a home, the new plans were to create something to be enjoyed by many campers. Walls were removed, while others were added, sheetrock was torn off to update plumbing and electrical, new bathrooms were added and the beautiful original wood floor was uncovered. The front porch was torn down to make way for the storm shelter and massive covered porch, and the outside received new siding and roofing to bring it up to today's standards.
When the building destined to be the Clubhouse needed the original front porch removed, a perfect location was uncovered for a storm shelter accessible to all residents. The tremendous storm shelter is created with 8" of reinforced concrete on all sides.
To quickly give the RV Park a mature look and feel, loads of trees were brought in. In addition to this, several thousand square feet of sod was laid down between camper pads to provide instant carpet. While this was a tremendous expense, it provided the quickest means of making the RV Village not only feel like home, but like a campground should feel.