National Parks Expected To Benefit From Enactment Of Great American Outdoors Act

Jan 31, 2021

National park campgrounds are expected to benefit from the enactment last year of the Great American Outdoors Act providing funds for deferred maintenance. Additional support could come from concessions contract holders if policies are changed, said RV dealer representative Ingrassia. He also chairs the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, a trade association that educates Congress.

“We have people willing to invest in infrastructure and getting things up to code,” he said, but concessionaires would like a 30- or 40-year-long contract. Existing law limits concession contracts to a 10-year-term that can be extended up to 20 years if significant construction and capital improvements are made.

The RV Industry Association advocates for Wi-Fi throughout national park campgrounds.

Nationwide, approximately 11 million households own a recreational vehicle, according to the RV Industry Association. Last year, RV shipments reached 430,412 wholesale units, a 6 percent increase over 2019, and the third best year on record despite a two-month industry shutdown due to the pandemic, according to a report prepared for the RV Industry Association.

“This past year with the pandemic even more people decided to get an RV,” said Phil Ingrassia, president of the National RV Dealers Association. “With Covid, you can be in your own bubble in your RV.”

Check out the full article from National Parks Traveler here.