Preparations to open current and new local campsites

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Preparations move forward to open current and new campsites in the area. 

Under new ownership and re-branding, Hammondsport/Bath KOA Resort, formerly Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, will open their new site April 26. 

It is the sister resort to the Watkins Glen/Corning KOA Resort location. It provides toddler-friendly activities from sprinkler playgrounds to minigolf. 

“Corning Watkins Glen KOA is more for folks who want to see the area, people come to land and then they go out, they see the museums, they do the wine tours,” Anne Romano, Finance Manager at the Hammondsport/Bath KOA said. “Here it’s more so people come with their families to make memories, to use the park, to have fun in the park as opposed to going out and about.”

The sale of the Hickory Hills campsite recently closed at the end of February, which is why they are opening a week after their sister location is on April 26. 

Until then, staff plan on finalizing campground maintenance and organizing shipments in their store. 

The Watkins Glen/Corning staff have also been on their feet preparing for the 2019 season since the close of the last in October. 

“The cabins have been freshened up, the whole spa and plumbing system has been gone through, any leaks have been corrected,” Douglas Bullivant, Director of Facilities at the Watkins Glen/Corning KOA said. “Our biggest concern now is the leaves.”

With plans on opening April 19, one of their main focuses for the next week will aim at clearing loose leaves. 

But as spring blossoms out of a long winter, so are other local campsites, including Clute Park in Watkins Glen

Clute Park staff uncovered their outdoor spring plants alongside the main office Tuesday afternoon. They said they are looking to rejuvenate appearances before their opening day May 3.

Campground officials generally encourage those on campsites to remain vigilant of wild animals by clearing leftover food and items. 

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