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From level, clean, full hookup sites to the modern necessities, we’ll find the perfect location for you and your coach. Our sites are spacious and level. We have special monthly prices, great night stay prices, and you get discounts for local entertainment. Everyone is welcome including your four legged family members. Meadowlark RV park is conveniently located close to all amenities, and has an on site manager who can help with any concerns, and questions. We know you will have a fun time and relaxing stay.
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By Victoria Stephens
A sign by the Creswell off ramp of Interstate-5 South is advertising the reopening of the RV park which borders it. The spaces are in a prime location for out-of-town travelers. This property has been in the Marquess family since the 1970s but has come under new management since the passing of the previous owner, Bob Marquess, three years ago.
Tony Marquess, his grandson, inherited the 20-acre lot at 298 East Oregon Ave. which contains both the RV and mobile home parks that share property. Formerly Sherwood Forest, the new RV park will be called Meadowlark RV Park, named after the state bird, said Marquess.
Along with the property Marquess inherited his grandfather’s RV. It was the five-week road trip he took with his young family to Kentucky last October that inspired him to reopen the park. They had gone to visit his wife Lydia’s family and stayed at more than 20 RV parks along the way.
His family had such a positive, pleasant experience that it inspired him to reopen the RV park here. His first customer after reopening came on his grandfather’s birthday. “I felt that was a good omen,” Marquess said.
A lot of changes are being made with the new management, such as new policies on how the park will be run, the clientele they will be serving and many upgrades and improvements. One of the changes is that the park will no longer be available for tent camping, and the pool has been closed. Nightly and weekly RV camping will be available for approximately $35 a night.
A number of improvements have been made to the park, and many more are planned. The major services such as plumbing, electric and sewer infrastructures have been thoroughly inspected and upgraded. A full laundry and shower facility are available on-site. All restrooms were recently remodeled and upgraded.
Managers use an on-site golf cart to travel between spaces and to help guests with RV parking, since it is easy on the grass. A small log cabin office adds to the site’s charm. Marquess said they are still in the process of beautifying the six acres of grounds that make up the RV section of the lot.
Currently they are working on landscaping by leveling the ground and adding grass, and are preparing the sites. Plans are also in the works for adding wifi and cable services in the future. Applications have been submitted for new signage along the highway.
Marquess also owns Marquess Milling, a custom lumber mill just outside of Creswell. There he produced the wood for and built new fences around most of the RV park property. Marquess plans to custom build and install picnic tables at each of the 60 spaces as well. “Woodworking is a hobby of mine,” he said. “I thought I could apply that here.” He is also considering possibly adding pergolas, trellises and maybe a gazebo.
He said that local industries and businesses support Creswell as a stay-over destination. The many RV and automotive service industries here, such as RV Northwest, Tire Factory, Mobile Glass Service, Pro Mobile, automotive electricians and others all position Creswell to be a place where RV owners can have their vehicles serviced while they stay.
Once they are up and running, the park will boost the local economy by an average of $55 a day, he said. With their location just off the freeway, he said other local businesses such as restaurants, gas stations and propane sales should also be boosted. Many of those services are within walking distance from the RV park, he said.
While growing up, Marquess worked for his grandfather in the park. “It was always packed; lots of people came for Duck games,” he said.
The on-site manager, Don Norris, oversees both Creswell Mobile Home Park and Meadowlark RV Park. Norris has been in the site manager since 1979, first working with Tony’s grandfather. Now he is semi-retired, with Bell Realty handling much of the business management.
Until the early 2000s the RV site was a KOA campground and RV park franchise. Norris recalled once for a UO Ducks game when the RV park had 90 Brigham Young fans staying there.
Besides the seasonal sports fans, the park welcomes local area visitors, snowbirds and other travelers passing through town. “With baby boomers getting into RVs the industry is really on the upswing,” Marquess said, adding that the economic upswing and lower fuel prices are also allowing for more traveling.
Word of mouth has always been the park’s best advertising, said Marquess. He said the very relaxed environment is one where he is comfortable bringing his three-year-old to work with him and spending time with his family.
“I think overall I think it will be very successful. I’m confident it will,” said Norris. “Tony has the personality and business sense to do it. It’s a good business to be in if you like people.”
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