A new oceanfront RV park adjacent to the Avon Pier is currently in the works, and is scheduled to open up by Memorial Working day, 2021. The “Avon by the Sea RV Park” will attribute 26 whole hook-up internet sites, an digital gated entrance, an on-web site bathhouse, and lush vegetation, and will be positioned on the northern and ocean-going through facet of the Avon house, per the web page options.
While the site plan for the RV Park was officially authorized by the Dare County Board of Commissioners at their Dec. 21 meeting, and was formerly authorized by the Dare County Setting up Board in November, the undertaking has been numerous yrs in the generating, for every home owner and venture orchestrator, Joe Thompson.
“I’ve been wondering about it for about three years now, but just about every time I considered it, I would wander away from the notion,” claimed Thompson. “Originally, when we had performed pretty a bit of web site engineering, we experienced planned on placing in a combination of condominiums and townhomes, and we had discussions with CAMA, the county, and the health office [about the project.] But every time we were being at a issue of going forward, a little something would take place, like a hurricane or ocean overwash at [adjacent] Ocean Watch Travel, so we put on the brakes.”
As a substitute, the planned RV park has the probable to fill an accommodations gap in Avon. The village has each a motel and a soundside campground, (the Sands of Time Campground), which welcomes equally small-time period and prolonged-term patrons. The Avon by the Sea RV park will concentrate on attracting small-phrase visitors only, (with no lengthy-expression leases prepared), and will be the very first and only oceanfront RV park in Avon village.
The RV park will run within the recommendations of the not too long ago revised policies for vacation trailer parks in Dare County, which were adopted on October 19, 2020. Each of the 26 internet sites will have 15’ toes of separation, and though journey trailers will be technically allowed to stay on a calendar year-spherical basis, they ought to be totally certified and completely ready for freeway use, and absolutely free of too much additions these as decks or porches. The web-site of the RV park by itself need to also be at the very least two acres in size, per the new procedures.
The Avon by the Sea RV Park will encompass at least two acres of the 4.85-acre home, and Thompson stories that they will be introducing about two tractor-trailer loads of vegetation to supply a all-natural buffer amongst the person web pages, and amongst the park and the rest of the oceanfront location, which is also dwelling to Pangea Tavern, the Koru Seaside Klub, and the seasonal weekly farmer’s market place.
“We are heading to deliver in a bunch of trees and bushes and other [vegetation] that doesn’t intellect Hatteras Island temperature,” he stated. “When it’s all explained and completed, the Avon Pier house will be way greener than it was ahead of.”
Though the RV park will get up the northern aspect of the Avon Pier-adjacent residence, and somewhere around two-thirds of the present parking areas along the oceanfont, parking for regular Avon Pier people will not be drastically impacted.
“We’ll get rid of about half of the parking for the pier that is oceanfront parking, but we’ll nonetheless have parking for the pier alongside the oceanfront, and of training course, we have a myriad of parking internet sites in close proximity to Pangea and the Seashore Klub,” stated Thompson. “Unlike most of the piers on the Outer Banking institutions, our property does not absence in parking.”
Thompson says that the decision to go ahead with the RV park was partially driven by the rise in RV vacation that coincided with the Coronavirus pandemic, but it’s also a pattern that he doesn’t count on to disappear anytime before long.
“I was talking with Dave Hallac, [Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent], and he was telling me that 2020 reservations at their Nationwide Park campgrounds were up 175%,” he stated. “…The [RV] market place is gowning, and these days, 38% of all RV gross sales are heading to millennials.”
Thompson also sees an opportunity to raise organization across the board for all of Hatteras Island through the establishment of the new RV park.
“RV tourists are a pretty unique viewers than men and women renting holiday vacation households for a 7 days,” he reported. “Folks that occur in and keep in rental households devote the huge bulk of their vacationing price range on lodging, travel to get in this article, and stocking the household up with groceries from Foods Lion. From then on, their vacations [revolve around] what facilities are at the household – a game area, swimming pool, hot tub, walkway to the seaside, and so on. They may possibly go out one night for supper, or consider a working day trip to Ocracoke and have lunch, but they have now invested the vast the greater part of their vacation funds on lodging and receiving below.”
“RV-ing is various. They are not owning all three foods at the RV – they are having way a lot more foods out. They are also getting out of the RV, as they are not going to remain there all day lengthy. So in its place, they’re likely to go out and see points, and have experiences… RV-ers by design are a lot more seasoned-pushed. They want to go out and expertise this good region of ours.”
Thompson hopes to start accepting on the net reservations commencing in the spring, and to open the park to the community in the summer months.
“We’ve by now started demolition and rough grading, and we hope to have the survey perform performed in the future 7 days or two, so our tentative grand opening day is Memorial Day Weekend.”
Thompson is equally hopeful that the park will bring in new readers in the COVID-19 period, but will also keep on being a well known accommodations possibility – and a driver of more enterprise on Hatteras Island – in the yrs to arrive.
“Via a trickle-down influence, we truly feel like the RV audience is going to have a constructive impact,” he stated. “They’re heading to go procuring, and get pizzas, and go to eating places, and working experience the relaxation of the island at a bigger degree. I really feel like the RV viewers itself is a constructive issue for the island.”