“You can kick me in the ass, but I get back up. Every storm ends with a rainbow. Macedon has become our rainbow”.
These tough, but hopeful words come from Kevin Heald, who, with his wife, Barb spent three years and about a 1/4 million dollars trying to bring their dream of an RV park to Walworth, their hometown.
After over two years of meetings and hearings with the Walworth Planning board, in which changes were requested to driveways, traffic patterns, engineering and design changes, the project was turned down as “not an appropriate fit for the town.”
The Healds are now just a week or two away from closing and putting that first shovel in the ground in the Town of Macedon.
“We were actually approached by Macedon to take a look at some possible sites to build our RV Park,” said Kevin. “As we navigated the application and approval process, we found both boards, the town and planning boards, to be professional, efficient and solution-driven…always keeping a balance of meeting the needs of and protecting stakeholders – town, residents and business,” Kevin added.
The “Twilight RV Resort on the Erie” will be built on 100 acres of land fronting the Erie Canal, with an entrance off Marina Drive (off Canandaigua Road). The land sits just north of the soccer fields at Bullis Park and then west, in about 100 acres. The Town of Macedon has offered to build the roadway into the property.
When completed, the RV resort will have 144 40’x60’camp sites to start. They will be open or wooded sites, on a gravel pad, with electric, water and sewer. Some sites will be “buddy” sites (facing each other and others will be “rally” sites, with 8 to 10 sites in a circle for friends wanting to camp together. Picnic tables, a fire pit, a pavilion, a playground and a 25’x50’ inground pool will also be part of the park. According to their website, amenities will also include: Cable TV, Wifi, activities for kids and adults, hiking trails…plus nature and peace and quiet.
The expected date for that groundbreaking is October 11th, with an opening date slated for May 2014. “We are already taking applications for permits and weekend camping reservations at our website (twilightrv.com),” said Barb. “We have had 3600 hits on the website. Within a 50 mile radius, the only other RV park/resorts are in Lake Bluff and Phelps,” she added
The RV park will also have a Camp store building with snack bar, kitchen and activities. There will be dinner served on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Another separate building will be for recreation, with arcade games and space for kids to unwind. All of the buildings and the park itself will be under 24/7 surveillance. Barb and Kevin plan to eventually move from their Walworth home, into a small ranch house they will build on the property. Barb who is a Denniston by birth, is very familiar with and grew up in Macedon. Her family owned “Denniston’s” convenience store for years on the corner of Route 31F and Route 350.
There is some history to the site that the town shared with the Healds via an old postcard showing the land listed as “Maxwell’s Grove” in the 1920s. It was a picnic area then, and the Healds have decided to name one of the roadways in the park “Maxwell’s Grove,” as a tribute.
“Barb and I want to thank the Town of Macedon for welcoming our business into their community. The IDA (Industrial Development Agency) was also wonderful. And a big thanks to Mike Young of AEY Enterprises, who has been so patient waiting all these years for this project,” Kevin stated. AEY will clear and build the sites and pave the roadways.
“The town of Macedon has so much to offer our RV consumers and, at the same time, the town’s local businesses will be supported by those staying at Twilight RV Resort on the Erie,” said Barb.