Board en­ters `glamp­ing´ busi­ness

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Some peo­ple con­sider it glamp­ing, Joan Glubczyn­ski told the POA board of di­rec­tors when she asked for fund­ing for a camp­ing pod in Blow­ing Springs Park.

The pods are small struc­tures with enough space for a bed and a small ta­ble and a mi­crowave oven. Each has its own bath­room and front porch. Glubczyn­ski said they will at­tract peo­ple who don’t own camp­ing equip­ment but would like to stay in the Blow­ing Springs area.

Her pro­posal was to pur­chase one pod and in­stall it in Blow­ing Springs near the up­per RV park. It will rent for about $100 a night and she hopes to get feed­back from the renters.

If it’s pop­u­lar with the pub­lic, six to eight more could be pur­chased and in­stalled next year. The first one could eas­ily be moved to a dif­fer­ent area if the larger pur­chase is ap­proved.

The pods cost $18,500 and are made in Noel, Mo. With de­liv­ery, fur­nish­ings and in­stal­la­tion, the cost is $22,000. Glubczyn­ski’s pro­posal pre­dicted it will take 24 to 26 months to “pay back” the cost of the pod. She ex­pects it to be de­liv­ered in Au­gust.

The board ap­proved the fund­ing of the pi­lot pro­gram.

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A camp­ing pod pi­lot pro­gram will take place later this year in Blow­ing Springs Park. The pods each have their own bath­room and front porch, as well as a bed and mi­crowave oven.

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