New campground opens in York Township
By BECKY BROOKS
After a year in the planning, Mark and Betsy Hackenburg have quietly opened Buckeye Acres Campground LLC at 972 TR 278 in York Township – between Portland Road (CR 175) and SR 101.
The Hackenburgs started the project last August with a design phase, but construction on Buckeye Acres did not begin until crops came off the field in November.
So where there were crops in 2011 there is now an crushed asphalt drive leading back off TR 278 to 22 acres with 530 pine and hardwood trees recently planted, a fishing and swimming pond built in and a spacious children’s playground.
Betsy said the goal is to develop a year round campground facility with 90 sites for the whole family.
Each RV site has a water hookup as well as both 30 and 50 AMP power service, according to her husband Mark. The individual camp sites are well above state-required minimums and average 50 by 80 feet, he said. The grounds already has a nature trail, paddle boats for the pond and a tournament quality horseshoe court.
“We’re upgraded more than any campground in the area,” he pointed out about amenities.
While the campground has not officially held its grand opening, Buckeye Acres has its permits in place and this past weekend campers started moving in to secure their year round spots in the park.
The local couple said they have people wanting to secure multiple campsites together and they are making the trip to the fledgling park to get choice locations before the grounds fills up later this summer.
Betsy said the season is starting late for Buckeye Acres, which is named for a giant Buckeye tree which stood on the Hackenburg farm for many years. While a storm took down the tree, Mark said more Buckeye trees have been planted in the park.
The season in 2012 will end in November for the campgrounds, but in the future the Hackenburgs are planning for year round camping and events for campers with arctic packages, according to Betsy.
For those seeking short-term camping, two-day rates begin at $70 and weekly rates at $185.
Although campers are already moving in, the Hackenburgs have many more additions in the wings this summer – three new cabins, rental campers, picnic shelters, corn hole, and security fencing.
The largest addition will be a new restaurant, which will adjacent to the ground’s shower facility.
The footer for the new restaurant is in place, and Buckeye Fire and Grill LLC – a public restaurant – should be opened on the grounds in coming months.
Betsy said the family already is planning activities for Christmas in July, Halloween and winter events.
Her husband said he has retired and this campgrounds is a family dream – with his son, Kole doing a lot of the work to get the park in place and younger children participating.
“We have come a long way from being farmland,” Mark added about Buckeye Acres.
For more information on the campgrounds call 419–765-0048 or visit its Facebook page – Buckeye Acres Campground.