Well folks, this is some of the best news I have written in while. A campground at Cinnamon Bay is going to reopen soon! How wonderful is that!!
A crew from Puerto Rico was brought in to begin clearing the campground earlier this week, and the progress they have made in just a few days is incredible. We stopped by the campground yesterday, and honestly, the place looks great! We chatted with the VI National Park Service while we were there, and they confirmed that a small, primitive campground will open sooner than later. Such great news!
The first plan was to reopen the eco tent area, which sustained less damage during the storms. But upon inspection, it was determined that there was more damage than the Park initial thought. The cottages were pretty much destroyed, so reopening that area is not an option. The park decided the best way to proceed is to create some bare sites in the parking lot area near the road. It’s not the most ideal situation, but it allows camping to resume and that’s what everyone wants.
The sites will essentially consist of a wooden platform. Campers will have to bring everything, including cooking items. There is still an issue with running water on the property, so showers will not be available. Campers will use portable toilets, much like those that are already located near the beach.
The reception and restaurant areas have been cleared and look great. There is still some issue about how this will all happen. The Park does not have a reservations system or staff in place at the moment, but they are determined to make it work.
Take a peek at some pictures we took yesterday…
Doesn’t it look amazing??!!
According to a member of the crew, the campground is expected to open some time next month. And considering the amount of work that has happened just this week alone, we believe that can happen.
And lastly, there is no word on what Redwoods involvement is in this or whether or not they still hold the concession contract for the campground area. The National Park Service is solely responsible for all of the cleanup that has occurred thus far.
There is so much good happening on island lately. It’s truly amazing how far we’ve come over the past year. Now go ahead and book your ticket! Come and see the progress for yourselves!!
Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!!