The newly transformed campground at Lums Pond State Park reopened June 16.
The newly transformed campground at Lums Pond State Park reopened June 16. Gov. Jack Markell, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, state legislators and other partners and stakeholders welcomed visitors to the reopening.
With annual camping numbers at record highs, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has added key infrastructural improvements and amenities to the park. They are designed to draw new campers to the only campground in New Castle County.
Delaware State Parks served a record number of campers and cabin guests in 2015, with a 19 percent increase over 2014. Parks officials expect the improvements at Lums Pond State Park will draw hundreds of new campers to help boost those numbers even higher in 2016.
Major improvements to the expanded, 70-site recreational vehicle campgrounds include three-point hookups that provide water, sewer and 50-amp electrical service to the campsites and paving of all of the sites. Three of the sites are also fully-accessible.
Other improvements include a new bathhouse and five new walk-in tent sites.
The camp’s amenities include an extensive trail system and the Go Ape high adventure zipline course. It is close to many other Brandywine Valley attractions and serves as the official campground of the University of Delaware.
The campground improvements are projected to generate more than $300,000 for state parks in 2017. That’s more than double the current revenue, all of which helps support state parks’ 65-percent self-funded business model. The revenue will enable the division to make payments on the loan funding.
The campground was closed all winter for the $5.6 million renovation, funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund, the federal-state partnership that provides low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.
The program is funded by annual Environmental Protection Agency capitalization grants and the required 20 percent state matching funds appropriated through the state Bond Bill.
Other key campground improvements include: a brand-new heated and fully-accessible bathhouse that includes four showers, four family bathrooms with showers and standard toilet facilities; a modernized lift station to manage additional wastewater; grouted manholes to prevent any environmental contamination; and an environmentally friendly pervious parking lot for tent campers.