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Tue Apr 25, 2017
BURLESON, Texas - The North Texas Jellystone Park is adding 100 luxury RV sites, 20 two-bedroom cabins and two 60-foot tall, 350-foot long inflatable waterslides, all of which should be in place before Father’s Day.
“We’re continuing to grow,” North Texas Jellystone Park General Manager Steve Stafford says.
The park will have a total of 262 RV sites and 117 cabins when the improvements are completed. Stafford says occupancies have been growing about 35 percent each year for the past six years — ever since Ronnie Bowyer and his family decided to convert the former Rustic Creek Ranch campground into a Jellystone Park.
In fact, demand for rental cabins has been so strong that Bowyer has had to convert numerous RV sites into cabin sites in recent years. But the 76-acre campground now needs not only more RV sites, but much larger sites.
“When this campground first opened in 2000, hardly anybody had slide outs in their RVs," Stafford says. "But now, many of them do, and so we have to provide bigger campsites to accommodate these larger units.”
The North Texas Jellystone’s 100 new luxury RV sites will be 44 feet wide and 90 feet long and will feature concrete slabs and full hookups. These dimensions will make the Burleson park’s campsites among the largest in the campground industry.
Meanwhile, two new inflatable waterslides are being added to the existing water slides at Pirate’s Cove, the popular 26,000 square foot water play park next door to the North Texas Jellystone that is also owned by the Bowyer family.
Stafford says the new waterslides will include one enclosed flume and one open slide. The two new water slides will complement seven other water slides, a 700-foot long lazy river and a paintball play area.
Of course, the main attractions at the North Texas Jellystone Park are the organized family activities and themed weekends with Yogi Bear, which help families create unique memories. Activities across Jellystone Parks include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, jumping pillows, gem mining as well as plentiful interactions with the bears.
The weekend of April 21-23 will feature the second annual Jellystone Parks’ Got Talent competition in which campers of all ages can compete in Bear Idol Karaoke and play the Jellystone Park Star Trivia Game with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo and Cindy Bear. The annual Christmas in July week is set for July 24-30 and will include melted snowball fights, Christmas carol singing, a Christmas bingo scavenger hunt, reindeer games as well as a game of “Pin the Nose on Rudolf.”
Stafford says the park improvements and expansions have created a need for more housekeeping, grounds and maintenance staff. The park is also hiring 15 international students this year to help over the period after early to mid-August when Jellystone Park’s high school and college age employees have to return to school.
The North Texas Jellystone Park is open year-round. For more information, visit www.northtexasjellystone.com.