By Peter Bodley – ABC Newspapers
The Anoka County Board Sept. 11 awarded a contract to redevelop the campground at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve.
The low bidder was Forest Lake Contracting in the amount of $832,805.25.
Funding will come from a state legacy grant as well as state bonding dollars for regional parks.
The campground was closed early this year, Labor Day, so that work on the project could start, according to John VonDeLinde, county parks and recreation director.
Construction will begin this fall and be completed in time for the campground to open as normal next spring, VonDeLinde said.
There are 78 campsites in the park, 40 of which are rustic, while 36 which have water/electric hook-up. There are also two camper cabins.
The work will involve reconstruction of the campground roadways, notably at the entrance, utility improvements and the campsites themselves.
“The campground is in great demand and needs some work,” said County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, chairman of the board’s Park and Recreation Committee, which recommended the contract award to the board.
According to VonDeLinde, the campground was opened 25 years ago and is in need of upgrades.
The entrance to the campground has some drainage problems, with ponding water when it’s wet and dust when dry, VonDeLinde said.
The water and septic system will be replaced and hooked up to the city of Centerville sanitary sewer system, he said.
“This is a big part of the project,” VonDeLinde said.
The electricity hook-ups will be upgraded from 30 to 50 amps to reflect the trend to travel trailers and RVs (recreational vehicles) that require 50 amp electrical hook-ups, according to VonDeLinde.
There will also be some work done to make the campground more ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, VonDeLinde said.
And an extra water spigot will be provided for the rustic campsites in loop F of the campground, he said.
“New security lighting will be installed for the campsites,” VonDeLinde said.
According to VonDeLinde, the project will reduce maintenance and operations costs to the county and make the campground safer for campers.
“All the work will be reconstruction; no new facilities are being provided,” VonDeLinde said.
Improvements will also be made to the restrooms, dump station and visitor center, he said.
The total project budget is $975,000, which includes design and engineering work. Two grants through the state’s regional park and trail legacy grant program are funding the project, according to VonDeLinde.
In a separate action Sept. 11, as part of the campground improvement project, the board entered into a maintenance agreement with the Rice Creek Watershed District for storm water management facilities.
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