Board enters `glamping´ business
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.
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.