FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Campgrounds are among the businesses allowed to reopen part of stage 3 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana Plan.
“We had a two-day notice to switch from opening on Sunday to opening on Friday,” said Kristie Mahoney, Indian Springs Campground employee. “It's been a little bit of a struggle.”
Mahoney says the Indian Springs Campground staff is willing to work overtime to clean and prepare for campers. Especially, with Memorial Day weekend being one of their busiest all year.
“Typically Memorial Day weekend here we probably have close to 100 reservations,” Mahoney said. “Right now we are at about a quarter of that capacity.”
Employees at the Johnny Appleseed Campground in Fort Wayne didn’t feel two days notice was enough time to welcome campers.
“We are still moving forward with our May, 24 opening date,” said Kellie Adkins, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Manager.” Because our camp hosts live and work there we decided we could go beyond sanitizing a couple times a day.”
Adkins says having staff on-site allows for deep cleaning of common areas each morning, as well as sanitizing those areas every other hour throughout the day.
While Adkins fears the cancellation of large events will decrease the number of campers this summer, she hopes the recent increase in community members using trails and parks in Fort Wayne will contribute towards more visitors once they are able to open at full capacity.
“I hope that people continue to use them in a safe way after we are out of the woods on this,” Adkins said. “I hope people will have a new found love for their parks, campgrounds, and trail systems.”