A resort blooms at Rock Gardens | PostIndependent.com

A resort blooms at Rock Gardens

Carrie Click

NO NAME – Like the ugly duckling maturing into a swan, Rock Gardens Mobile Home and Camper Park is beginning its transformation this week into Glenwood Canyon Resort.”This will be a unique lodging alternative for Glenwood Springs with fully equipped cabins and additional sites to accommodate larger recreational vehicles,” said Kathy Schneider, who, with her husband, Kevin Schneider, co-owns the property. The resort’s first construction phase, which just began, includes 10 upscale cabins, 11 more rustic “camper” cabins, 11 new RV parking and camping spots, a new group tent area, a new waste treatment facility, and a new bathhouse with laundry and a game room. Six of the upscale cabins, featuring private bedrooms, baths, lofts, full kitchens, living rooms, dining areas and decks, are scheduled to open in December. The rest of the cabins should be completed by May.The entire project is expected to take two to three years. During that time, residents living in the existing mobile home park will be given six months’ notice to vacate their homes as the old trailer park will be removed from the site. When Garfield County commissioners approved the development in July, some, including residents of the mobile home park that contains 11 owner-occupied homes, voiced concerns over the loss of affordable housing and the increased traffic that will likely result with the property’s additions and improvements.”This loss of units means that these people will no longer be able to live in the Glenwood Springs area,” Tom Ziemann of Catholic Charities said at the commissioners’ meeting last July.However, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s tourism and marketing director, Lori Hogan, welcomes the change, as she indicated at the July meeting.”The campgrounds in and around Glenwood Springs are limited. These new sites will help keep dollars within the county,” Hogan said. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com

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