NEWS | Dec. 7, 2010

Family campgrounds at JB CHS-Air Base receives a Christmas miracle

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer R. Hudson

The Outdoor Recreation Center at Joint Base Charleston-Air Base recently began a million-dollar renovation of the family campground here.

Renovations began Dec. 1 and are scheduled to be completed by July 2011.

"We have been planning for these renovations for more than ten years," said Merrill Troxell, director of the ORC. "So this is kind of like our own little Christmas miracle."

The renovation will add 22 new camp sites, an upgrade to the electrical outlets to provide up to 50 amps, another convenience center which includes a washer and dryer, and finally, adding water and sewer service.

The adding of sewer service is a huge improvement, said Mrs. Troxell, because now campers will be able to dispose of their own waste while on-site, versus traveling to one specified area.

"We are extremely excited about these renovations," she said. "We will finally be able to accommodate more people instead of having to turn them away like we do every year due to no room available."

With the much needed improvements to the family campgrounds, the ORC expects more patrons to stop by and use their facilities while traveling.

"I definitely think more people will come now that the space will be available. It is a very convenient place for people to stop," said Mrs. Troxell. "People will be able stay longer and see the city of Charleston."