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Billed as southwestern Minnesota’s newest and largest recreational vehicle park, the Prairie View RV Park and Campground officially opened Saturday (May 19) with several campers already on site.
According to the Marshall Independent, the opening signaled the completion of two years of development for the campground, which sits adjacent to the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort.
“This program started in the summer of 2004 with the concept and the idea of building an RV park here,” said Nick Kootsikas, director of marketing for the campground. “We went through the process of design and layout through the winter of 2004-2005, with the groundbreaking in the spring of 2005.”
Upper Sioux Community Chairman Kevin Jensvold said research showed an interest in a new RV park in the region.
“From our studies, it was demonstrated that there is a growing demand in the area for RV spaces,” said Jensvold. “There are people who have made it their lifestyle, and it seems like a growing trend.”
Jensvold added that people are looking for a slightly different camping experience today.
“Twenty years ago, camping was different than it is today,” he said. “Now, people are looking for convenience versus the rustic type of camping. We believe that this park offers amenities that most of the campers today are looking for.
“We have 55 stalls available for camping. Some are pull-through and some are back-in. We have full hook-ups and custodial service every day and shuttles back and forth to the casino.”
Kootsikas said Prairie View RV Park and Campground will also offer wireless Internet access, a bath house with shower stalls and a storm shelter.
“The wireless Internet is available to all campers,” said Kootsikas. “We will have a very modern bathhouse with shower facilities. We’re also one of the very few parks that has an emergency shelter. It can hold up to 150 people located under the shower facility.”