Ocean City, Md.-based Blue Water Development intends to open two additional campgrounds in 2020 — redeveloping one park and building another from the ground up — boosting its private park portfolio to eight parks in five states across the Eastern Seaboard.
According to a press release, the new parks include a heavily wooded former Boy Scouts of America camp in Jamaica, Va., with frontage along the Rappahannock River that has room for about 900 RV and tent sites.
“We hope to be under construction soon and have 400 sites open by next summer,” said James Baeurle, Blue Water’s director of development.
He described the former Boy Scout camp as “an amazing property” with a 20,000-square-foot recreation center, two Olympic size swimming pools, rock climbing walls, ziplines and a 300-seat bonfire amphitheater.
Blue Water has also acquired undeveloped land in Delaware City, Del., next to historic Fort DuPont State Park that faces the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, a 14-mile-long, 450-foot-wide deep ship canal that connects the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay.
“We should break ground in August or September and open in the spring of 2020 with 500 sites,” Baeurle said.
Blue Water also has more campground acquisitions and development plans in the works.
“We probably have another 10 opportunities that are in some level of discussion,” Baeurle said, adding that Blue Water is very interested in acquiring more campgrounds, particularly Sunbelt properties that include significant water features.
“We are really trying to push our development into warmer climates allowing for more year-round activities,” he said.