Armitage Campground Expansion Project

Lane County Parks is excited to add 21 new campsites at Armitage Campground to help meet the growing demand for camping, especially during summer months.

 


PROJECT DETAILS AND BACKGROUND

Armitage Campground was completed in 2009, and currently includes 32 full-hookup RV sites, two group sites, and 7 tent camping sites.

 

Lane County Parks is planning a new loop with 21 more RV-friendly campsites which include 2 ADA accessible sites with mobility features. The new loop would be in the northwest area of the park and west of the open field and day use parking area.  See the map above or get more information here.

 

Feedback from the public gathered in 2019 made it clear that park users desire additional RV camping but value the open space and wanted to see access to the boat ramp and day-use areas remain a priority.

INCORPORATING COMMUNITY INPUT

During an earlier community survey and public meeting, neighbors and park users shared their desire to minimize the impact to the existing day use area and the habitat within the park and near the McKenzie River.  Also, respondents did not want the new expansion to affect the boat launching area east of the open field.

 

All of those concerns were considered during planning and the final 21-campsite proposal does not negatively affect or reduce those areas of the park.

 

Great effort is focused on preserving native trees where possible by designing around the trees while also identifying possible hazard trees that could pose danger to the campsites.  

 

Construction, especially upgrades to water, septic and electrical systems, may cause short-term disruptions or closures within the park.

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!

Lane County Parks is seeking feedback about several elements of the expansion project, including:

  • walking trails that lead to the McKenzie River,
  • public restrooms,
  • a small area within the campsites for park, benches or interpretive signage,
  • a design for improvements to the Armitage  plaque area, and
  • the addition of a nature play area or handicap accessible playground in the open field near the central parking lot.  

A THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO PLANNING

Planning has been underway for several years and began due to a demand for more RV campsites at Armitage Campground to increase availability, especially during peak summer months. Armitage is one of Lane County’s busiest parks and campgrounds, and unlike most other County-managed campgrounds is open year-round.

 

In 2019, Lane County Parks hosted a public meeting and survey to get feedback on three expansion options (up to 9 new sites, up to 19 new sites, and up to 46 new sites). Overall, feedback received showed a higher level of support for up to 19 sites and a lot of value on access to the boat ramp and day-use areas. This feedback was taken seriously and informed the final proposal of 21 sites.

 

The new campsites are designed to allow for privacy and noise reduction between sites.  Traffic flow was also taken into consideration to minimize the impact to the day-use area, boat ramp, and dog parks.


PROJECT FUNDING

Parks staff is wrapping up the schematic design phase and beginning the final design and budget development phase, which includes gathering cost estimates and identifying funding sources.

Lane County Parks has some capital funds set aside for construction but will need more to complete the project.  Later this year, the County is applying for a County Opportunity Grant through OPRD (Oregon Parks & Recreation) to assist with construction costs.

 

Lane County Parks does not receive property tax funding and is funded primarily through day-use passes, campsite reservations, and taxes on hotel rooms rented in Lane County. 

PROJECT TIMELINE

It’s possible that some work will begin in 2022 to upgrade the water, septic and electrical systems. The campsite expansion will not begin until funding is obtained.

WHOM DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

You can call 541-682-2000 or email lanep[email protected].