Several RV resorts near Phoenix, Ariz., operated by Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) are making improvements in preparation for the upcoming snowbird season, according to an announcement from the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC).
ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort in Mesa is working to complete its second fitness center by the end of September.
“It’s going to be a really nice facility with nice equipment,” said park manager Cheryl Dewarrat, adding that a grand opening for the new fitness center is planned for Nov. 17.
Dewarrat said the resort is improving its facilities in response to guest demand. “We have very much a boomer crowd,” she said, “and they want to stay busy and active.”
ViewPoint’s amenities include an 18-hole golf course, four swimming pools and seven hot tubs. Park activities include outdoor music events, concerts, tailgate parties and music on the golf greens every Wednesday. The park also has a ballroom that can accommodate 1,500 people.
“We have 30-year-olds who tell us they want to live here and can’t because it’s an age-restricted community,” Dewarrat said of the resort, which features more than 300 RV sites as well as sites for park model RVs and manufactured homes.
Other ELS properties making improvements in preparation for the upcoming winter season include Sunrise Heights RV Resort in Phoenix, which replaced its tennis courts with four pickleball courts this summer.
“Pickleball is the new craze in RV communities and our RVers have been asking for them,” said Natalie P. Daniels, community manager for Sunrise Heights, which has 199 sites.
Meanwhile, Countryside RV Resort in Apache Junction rebuilt its pool and deck area and adjacent restrooms this summer.
“Our maintenance staff also put in a new building for pool equipment, so it looks nice and fresh,” said Marta Alegria, resort manager for Countryside, which has 254 RV sites and 276 park model RV sites.
The resort also built a flowerbed at the entrance to the park to improve its curb appeal, Alegria said, adding that the park is currently installing new street signs. “We were booked full last winter,” Alegria said, adding, “I’m sure this coming winter will be the same.”
ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort, Sunrise Heights RV Resort and Countryside RV Resorts are affiliated with Arizona ARVC, which hosts travel-planning website GoCampingInArizona.com. The association also produces a free printed campground guide which can be ordered by emailing a request to [email protected]. A digital version of the guide is also available online.