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Opposition to Crookston RV Park & Campground Growing

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   The City has proposed building the RV park and campground in what’s called, “Castle Park”. It would extend across this open area back into these woods. Therein lies the problem, according to the Castle Park Preservation Group. They say they’re not opposed to the project. They just don’t want it located   here.

Sandra McNichol, Crookston: “This is the only park Neil, where there’s bush and woods and trails like this. Don’t put it into an established city, community park.”

Albert Sims, Crookston: “Right now, my objection is that it just isn't’t the appropriate place for it, because we have other developments here that make this a community park, a community area.”

  Earlier, one of the folks I talked with in this neighborhood told me, he believed the park would turn into some type of man camp, attracting drifters and all kinds of trouble. However, others I talked with say, they don’t have a problem with it.

Todd Jacobson, Crookston: “If it’d done right I don’t really have a problem with it, as long as they do softening of it, put some trees up, that will take care of it. I’ve been told that’s what they’re going to do… so.”

    And the City Administrator says they’re making sure all kinds of zoning ordinances will be in place to make sure it will remain a clean and safe RV park. Plus, the private developer is putting up the one-million dollars for infrastructure.

Shannon Stassen, Crookston City Administrator: “We’re looking into covenants and restrictions that we would have in place to assure we have a top flight RV park and campground in our Community. Something that we’ve really been fighting for, for a number of years. We just want to make sure it’s run well.”

  But, before that plan goes forward, the City is going to be facing a growing wave of opposition. The group opposing the project is now starting a petition drive, and they’re holding an organizational meeting Sunday night at 6:30 in the Crookston Senior Center.

  The City will also be holding a public forum on the issue, sometime in May.

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