Scheduled to reopen in November
By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE - Campers of Melbourne's Wickham Park will have to postpone their summer plans for a few months. However, they will be greeted this November to a revamped facility, featuring 20 new campsites.
"(The park is under) major maintenance," said Jack Masson, Brevard County Parks and Recreation director. "During the construction mode, the camp sites will not be available."
Fred Poppe, the county's recreation superintendent, said the renovations, which will take about 90 days to complete, would add new camping sites, featuring sewer and electricity hookups.
Mr. Poppe said the $757,011 contract with Kissimmee-based W&J Construction for the renovations and upgrades was part of the county's voter referendums of 2000 and 2006, Mr. Poppe said. Twenty campsites will be added to the park, bringing the total to 133.
Mr. Poppe said his department picked this time to start construction because it is a fairly slow time of year at the park.
The 391 acres of camp currently offers a youth campground, two swimming lakes, an archery range, a disc golf course and a dog park.
"The summer is our slowest time. Just like with the golf courses, it's a seasonal business," he said. "In the winter time, we have 70 percent of our revenue."
Mr. Poppe said there are variations of rates within the campsite, but the average rate is $18 a night.
Campers with an RV may stay as long as 180 consecutive days at the campsite, Mr. Poppe said. Tent campers may stay as long as 14 consecutive days.
For more information about Wickham Park, visit www.campingspacecoast.com/wickham.