Editorial: Freeman Park Camping Reservations Going Fast

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

It's not even summer time yet and already campsites at Freeman Park are being reserved at around 100 a week for later this season.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction.
The Carolina Beach Town Council adopted new restrictions on camping at their February 10th, meeting. They counted 875 campsites on a busy holiday weekend and decided to limit campsites to 119 from April 1st to September 30th, available only by advanced reservations placed online for $10 per day with a $2 transaction fee. Traditionally people camped along the shoreline, but the new designated campsites are located around 50 yards away from the water next to the sand dunes.
During the Council's April 14th, meeting Town Manager Michael Cramer said the Town has already received 500 reservations for campsites this year with about 100 coming in weekly. Anticipating (guessing) that most of those will be during the busy summer season when people enjoy visiting Freeman Park, driving out in their four wheel drive vehicles and camping for the weekend, the spots will go fast.
Let's consider the period from May through August. That's four months or around 120 days. With a little over 100 campsites under the new restrictions adopted earlier this year, that means at 100 reservations a week the spots will run out fast for weekend visitors. And that rate is sure to increase as the busy vacation season approaches. For holiday weekends, those reservations will run out first.
If you haven't already made a reservation, now is the time to do so before you miss out. Especially if you're a local resident (taxpayer) and like to camp at the park throughout the summer season. There's no VIP permit, so get in line like everyone else!

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