The Perryville, Mo., KOA will reopen under new management this year as Missouri’s third Jellystone Park Camp-Resort.

“We’re really excited about the improvements we’re making and the fact that we’re going to be operating as a Jellystone Park,” said park manager Nathaniel Gabriel in a press release. “We’re trying to get people into the park and show them that it’s not the same campground any more.”

The campground, which first opened 40 years ago, will have its official grand opening as a Jellystone Park over Memorial Day weekend. The Perryville Jellystone will be Missouri’s third, complementing other Jellystone Parks in Forsyth and Eureka.

While the Perryville campground has had multiple owners during the past couple of decades, Gabriel said he plans to bring continuity of management and consistent improvements to the park, including upgrading its water, sewer and electrical hookups.

McDowell has remodeled the park store and restrooms, purchased giant inflatable water toys and installed new landscaping and re-graveled campsites throughout the campground, whose RV and tent sites are complemented by four primitive and five full-service cabins.

“We are trying to give it that ‘Wow!’ factor as you pull up,” Gabriel said, adding that the park has beautiful 100-year-old oak, sycamore and hickory trees and provides access to a 4.4 mile hiking trail around Perry County Lake.

In addition to featuring daily appearances by Yogi Bear, the Jellystone Park in Perryville will also have a dramatically expanded arts and crafts program.

“We have a designated recreation center where children and their families can create birdhouses, ceramics, tie dye t-shirts and other crafts with fabric products,” Gabriel said. “We will also have crafts using recycled materials to make it educational too.”

The park’s website, www.semojellystone.com, is under construction. But up-to-date information about the park is available at the park’s Facebook page for Semo Jellystone Park.