News 12 at six o'clock, April 2, 2008
Augusta, GA---Robert Damen is a husband, father, and self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast. "Seeing what you can do with camping these days is amazing," said Robert. We caught Robert out looking at the latest R.V.'s while Augusta city leaders are looking at an R.V. Park. The location...Diamond Lakes Park..the plan...12 Tennis Courts, jogging space, and 300 camp sites.
"It sounds like a great plan to us. We feel like there's a need there, but we want to make sure to justify it with numbers," said Tom Beck who is director of Augusta Parks and Recreation. A study is now in the works. Bob Anderson with C.S.RA. Camperland says the numbers are there. "Without a doubt. If it's built...it'll be full."
Campers...a home away from home, and a great environment for the whole family. The only problem...not enough R.V. Parks. "You can't go up on a Friday and get a Friday. It will not happen. You'll be turned around. We need more campsites," said Bob.
The projected economic impact is around $400,000. "Obviously it's gonna generate a lot of money because people will come here and they're gonna spend money. The other thing it's gonna do is give our people, the CSRA people, a chance to stay local," said Bob.
"If you could have a weekend with a camper at the campsite and boat on the water I think it would be fantastic," said Robert.
There is a total 300 acres of land and lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park. The city hopes to use about 40 acres for the R.V. Park. There is no official word on the costs. A feasibility study must be completed. SPLOST...or sales tax money would fund the project.