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Construction of a multimillion dollar campground in South Dakota is ahead of schedule and slightly over budget, according to the Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish, N.D.
Developer Daryll Propp reported that the first three phases of the Elkhorn Ridge Camping Center are nearly complete and the Spearfish campground is scheduled to open for business April 1, with a grand opening slated for May 1.
Additionally, Propp said he is considering adding an extra 12 cabins to the existing 12 that have been constructed in phase one.
With a price tag of approximately $9 million so far, phase one of the project includes more than 200 pull-through RV sites, 12 cabins, Internet connections, a large clubhouse and reception area, swimming pool and hot tub, wading pool, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and hiking trails.
Extensive landscaping for the site also includes more than 700 trees that help screen the campground from nearby Highway 85. More than a dozen bronze statues of wildlife, including two magnificent elks will top off the aesthetics of the campground, Propp said.
“It will be absolutely first class, the whole project,” he said.
Subsequent phases for the project will commence in the coming years, Propp said and will include at least 200 more sites, and 24 more cabins. When everything is said and done, he said the final totals are estimated to be approximately $16.5 million for the RV park.
Elkhorn Ridge Camping Center is one of many developments planned for the area, including a hotel campus, business park, convenience store, golf course, restaurants, and housing developments. Overall, Propp said he hopes to get his whole development done in approximately five to 10 years, though he has given himself an ultimate timeline of 10-15 years. The whole project is expected to come in at an estimated $200 to $220 million.