Recently Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, was featured in TribLIVE News announcing their grand opening of their new splashground. See the article below.
Yogi Bear’s Wetlands to Open on Saturday
By Rachel R. Basinger, FOR THE DAILY COURIER
Friday, June 10, 2011
Every year Randy Work, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Mill Run, tries to add something new to make his patrons’ camping experiences a little more special.
This year, campers will enjoy a whole new way to stay cool.
The park will hold the grand opening of Yogi Bear’s Wetlands at the center of the park, which includes Pirates Lagoon and Hurricane Mountain, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Work said the day will include popcorn, snow cones and music; will have a Hawaiian and pirate theme; and encourages visitors to put on their grass skirts or eye patches.
“We really were trying to give it a tropical feel with palm trees and all so that campers could get that kind of atmosphere here in the north,” he said.
Tracy Czambel, operations manager, said construction of the new water park began last October, although the concept and ideas were tossed around for a couple of years.
“Randy (Work) takes a lot of pride in the park and invests a lot back into it for the enjoyment of the families,” she said.
Pirate Lagoon includes a huge fiberglass pirate ship, smaller slides and lots of water-spraying devices as well as a gigantic bucket of water at the top of a tower that empties out onto those below about every 3 to 5 minutes.
Hurricane Mountain is the site for two new tube-like fiberglass water slides, including a loop slide and a speed slide.
The construction of the new water park was completed by Emerald FX, LLC, North American Mazur, owned by Chuck DeCaro, Norwalk, Ohio. He said his company builds any kind of fiberglass construction and has worked with Cedar Point, Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World in the past.
Work said the park was opened in 1974 and is for family fun. It spans 100 acres and has 200 campsites and cabins.
Last year a new entrance and registration building was constructed as well as a new snowless snow-tubing track.
In addition, seven new cabins were recently built and 25 new campsites are under construction. The resort is also looking at building a new store and restaurant by the water park to replace the current store and restaurant at the lower end of the park.
The park and resort and all the activities offered are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $15 per day per person or $100 per person for a summer pass.
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground in Mill Run , PA has been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Campgrounds that show a strong growth in business over the prior year.
The premier campground in Southwest Pennsylvania, Jellystone Park at Mill Run is in the heart of the Laurel Mountains and perfectly situated to easily enjoy nearby activities and attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Living Treasures Animal Park, nature hiking, white water rafting, kayaking and antiquing. Onsite amenities provide fun for all ages, including recently-added snowless tubing tracks, two swimming pools, mini golf, a gem mining sluice, carousel rides, fire truck rides and more. The 2011 season will offer seven new camping cabins and 20 additional full hook-up campsites; a new store and restaurant; and a drive-through check-in process. And Memorial Day Weekend the park will introduce its new Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands water feature, with a Spray Zone, new pool and two new waterslides. While the park is open year-round, daily activities are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day.
“The team at Mill Run Jellystone Park works hard to constantly upgrade and improve our facilities and ensure our guests enjoy a fun, friendly, top-notch family getaway,” said park owner Randy Work. “We are honored to be recognized by the franchise system and look forward to a great 2011 camping season with lots of new amenities and activities.”
Themed weekends include the Grand Opening Celebration of Yogi Bear’s Wet Lands (June 10-12), complete with pirates and a magician; Christmas in July (July 8-10), when the park will be decked out in holiday lights and kids can get an early visit from Santa Claus and take a moonlit wagon ride; and Country Western Wet and Wild Weekend (August 19-21), with a haunted wagon ride and ghost town tour.
The Mill Run Jellystone Park Campground is located off Route 381. Find more information and reservations visit jellystonemillrun.com or call 800.439.9644.