Golden campground talks about a great 2012

Campground operators presented to the Town of Golden council about a great year in 2012.

The operators of the Golden Municipal Campground are nearing the end of their five-year contract with the Town of Golden, and they would be happy to continue the relationship.

During an annual report presentation to town council, operators Joy Guyot and Michelle Nagy-Deak indicated that they’ve enjoyed their time working at the campground, and that they’re excited about some upgrades they’re looking at.

“The season started a little slower this year, just because of the threat of flooding, the weather and economy. But even so, it was probably one of the most enjoyable seasons we’ve had,” said Guyot.

“I’m happy to say there’s no serious incidents to report on this year.”

The campground was able to hire two part time summer staff, and one full time with some grants received from School Works and the Columbia Basin Trust. And reports of burglary and vandalism were down this year.

As of Sept. 30, they had 6,150 site stays over the season, which is an increase of 245 over the previous year. They participated in several community events including the Fall Faire and the Canada Day celebrations, and offered up their facilities for various community and youth groups in the area.

Although they have had a very successful year, they are looking forward to the next one, and have a few ideas as to how to make that better.

“We have come to the conclusion we are in need of a shared community site… So what we would like to do is take one of the larger sites, and build six to eight tent pads that would hold about a two-man tent,” said Guyot.

“And then our plan is to build a timberframe structure, just to cover about two picnic tables. These sites would be at a reduced cost, as these individuals would be sharing the site.”

They have also determined that some major upgrades are required for the rear washrooms. Efforts were made to improve the building after an inspection four years ago, but after a surprise inspection this year they were told it was not enough.

“The town now has three options. One is to shut them down completely, replace the building with a new one, or upgrade the existing building,” said Guyot. “Our recommendation is not to replace the building… We feel refreshing the building would be cost effective, and realistic to be completed in a timely manner to meet the next inspection.”

The penalty for not taking any action could be to lose the contract with Tourism BC, which would result in a major loss of advertising for the facility.

The campground is run by a public/private partnership between the Town of Golden, and operators Guyot and Nagy-Deak. And the town will be deciding in 2013 whether or not to continue that relationship.

“We’ve learned so much, and every year we learn more… We do wish to continue as operators and we would be happy to renew the contract for an additional five years,” said Guyot.