It is the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons! Christmas, family-time, holiday cheer, and of course… our Maintenance Projects.
Each winter, the Ocean Lakes Team kicks into high gear to complete necessary upgrades in the campground, as well as new and exciting projects. This year has been no different – Our team has been excitedly working to make upgrades and prepare for another year of making wonderful memories.
Follow Along for the Latest Maintenance Projects |
H Bathhouse Addition | The 2-unit ADA family restroom addition is complete, and we are now working on the interior and the tile, as well as remodeling the existing bathhouse. Next, we will complete the exterior painting and hardy board siding.
We are on track for the goal opening date of Easter Weekend.
OL Dredging | We are currently in prep mode for this project; it is scheduled to start after the holidays. The purpose of this project is to remove the sediment and increase the capacity of the lake across from Camptown Center, Ocean Lakes.
Paving the Way | Last week, our Maintenance Team prepped 15 campsites for a concrete pad to be poured on each one! 13 were new sites and 2 were sites that already had concrete pads but needed repairs.
These Campsites Include:
New Storage Transport Truck | We are starting to phase out some of our older transport trucks to increase reliability and maneuverability. The first of these trucks was delivered last week, and “it’s a beaut, Clark” (where are all my Christmas Vacation fans?!)!
Let There Be Light ‘Underground’ | Santee Cooper is working on an electrical service upgrade in the campground. They are placing the lines underground along Periwinkle Drive. This will decrease the loss of power during heavy storms, as well as enhance the aesthetic.
Fresh Coat of Paint | If you notice the exterior of the Ocean Lakes RV Center sparkling and looking fresher than ever, that is because they received a fresh coat of paint last week.
Side Note: Be sure to stop by for all your holiday shopping needs. They have Maui Jim Sunglasses, Yeti products, and more!
Line Painting | We are repainting all of the yellow lines along the campsites. As a reminder, these yellow lines are where campers should place their trash to expedite the daily trash pick-up.
Let’s Talk Golf Car Parking | Our team has been brainstorming how to address the golf car parking issues during the summer season, and we have a plan:
Beachfront Golf Car Parking | We have added 80 golf car parking spots along the beachfront (Beach Accesses L, M, N, and P), located between the Sailboat Access and the Corn Toss Boards. Yes, you read that right… 80!
While making repairs after Hurricane Ian, we took advantage of the situation and reconfigured the parking area. This allowed us to expand the golf car parking area.
Jackson House Golf Car Parking | We are implementing the space by Sandy Harbor Water Park, between the Adventure River’s fence and our founders’ homestead, as additional golf car parking during the peak summer season.
Fun Fact: Some of our longtime guests would know this area as the old “Chapel Area.” Before the Recreation Center, guests would sit in their golf cars at the Chapel Area every Sunday to worship and hear the word of God.
This parking area will be seasonal. A new entry gate will be added to the south fence adjacent to the Adventure River so that guests can easily access Sandy Harbor Water Park. Guests will access the seasonal parking with the route they use to go to the Nature Center and Lakeside Paws N’ Play. Measures will be implemented to help protect the Jackson home from guest traffic.
Currently, the gravel lot part is complete. Next, we will be striping the golf car parking to designate traffic flow.
Periwinkle Drive Golf Car Parking | Periwinkle Drive is challenging when the golf cars are parked 2 and 3 deep around Sandy Harbor. This parking overload causes traffic issues, safety concerns, and stress.
We understand it is not convenient for some guests to ditch their golf car and utilize their bike or simply walk to Sandy Harbor, but we encourage those who can. We are adding concrete pads at select campsites along Periwinkle Drive to accommodate some additional parking.
Those Campsites Include:
Until Next Time | We hope you love the new upgrades in the campground as much as we do. As always with us, there is more to come, so stay tuned – We cannot wait to fill you in!