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Zephyr Cove may become destination site for RVers

Emily Aughinbaugh

The Zephyr Cove RV Park and Campground is getting a facelift this summer.

A $4 million renovation of the park breaks ground Monday and is expected to partially open to the public by September.

Aramark, the management company that owns the campground, is splitting the bill with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the U.S. Forest Service.

Scoping for the project started in 1987, but funding and planning prohibited the project from moving forward until now.

Bill Chernock, director of marketing for Aramark, said the revamp will turn the basic-service Zephyr Cove campground into a first-class RV resort.

The state of Nevada has spent $1 million in promotion targeting the RV user, and Chernock said the resort wanted to jump on the bandwagon.

“The RV industry is growing almost exponentially. People riding around in a $150,000 rig expect more,” Chernock said. “At the same time we were more than aware that we were getting by strictly because of our location.”

The new park will separate RVs from tent campers. About 94 RV spaces will occupy an area that previously supported 105 RV and 100 tent spaces.

Almost 50 walk-in tent spaces will be available.

RV hookups will include water, electricity, phone and cable.

Chernock said last year’s spaces went for $28 a night, but because of the luxurious upgrades, the campground is considering $50 fees.

New restroom facilities, maintenance building and Best Management Practices will be installed, along with extensive landscaping to beautify the corridor.

Dirt, black chain fences and the old maintenance building will be replaced with new hedges, trees and split rail fences that will line the campground and block the maintenance building from passing motorists’ view.

“It’s going to be night and day,” Chernock said. “You’ll come around the corner now and the view will be spectacular.”

Gene Smith, LTBMU contract officer representative for the project, said the Zephyr Cove Park concessionaire will be allowed to operate some portion of the park all year around, but most of the traffic will come between Memorial and Labor days.

Chernock said one of the goals for renovation is to expand business into the shoulder seasons, a venture four years in the making.

West Coast Contractor will manage the subcontractors on the job, which received its permits a year ago, Chernock said.

Tribune Staff Writer Susan Wood contributed to this story.

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