The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Amidst big building year, early numbers high for county parks


June 8, 2016

Photo by Sean C. Morgan/ WATER CRAFT cluster on Foster Lake on Memorial Day Weekend.

Construction is the big news as the Linn County Parks and Recreation Department kicks off the official summer season, which is considered the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Parks Director Brian Carroll said the unseasonably warm and dry weather this year, as in 2015, has sparked a surge in early-season camping.

Though he didn’t have specific numbers available, he said business picked up at least a month before Memorial Day.

“We haven’t been selling out in April, but we’ve been close,” he said. “Last spring we did very, very well.”

Business has steadily grown at Ri...

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