Could park models solve national park housing issue?

RESTON, Va. — At the annual RV Power Breakfast, keynote speaker Rick May, the senior national advisor for recreation to the Secretary of the Interior, announced that the RV industry has potentially solved a significant problem facing national park superintendents — how to provide safe and comfortable housing for staff at a reasonable cost.

A new pilot program at Rocky Mountain National Park, made possible by the donation of four park model RVs by Forest River will test the use of park models for staff housing.

If the pilot program is a success, park models may be purchased for use throughout the 417 national parks across the country. Already, the announcement has stirred interest from other national parks who have reached out to the RV Industry Association about the project, the group noted.

Darla Sidles, superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park, also spoke at the event about her excitement to use the park models as a recruiting tool to attract people to fill critical jobs in the park. Immediately following the RV Power Breakfast, Sidles and May toured a park model, as well as other RVs which were displayed outside the event.

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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