Some buildings are closed indefinitely (nature center) at Quartz Mountain, and some will only be open briefly on weekends (Park Office Sunday 8 a.m. to noon) less grass will be mowed (still the campgrounds but less along SH44A, Hicks Mountain & North Shore Roads). Camping fees went up Jan. 1 (from $17 to $20 for a water & electric RV site) and monthly rates will go up for the Season (May 1 through Oct. 1). At the new monthly rates, you can still get a water & electric site for $15 per day and a full hook-up (sewer, water & electric) for $19/ day. ATV and tent fees did not go up this season, both are still $10/ ATV or tent per day.
We did not want to raise any prices and we hadn’t in five years. However, with our budget allocations shrinking greatly over the last five years and our expenses (fuel, utilities, labor costs, etc.) increasing over the same time span – we had to raise some prices. The only other options are to shut down more areas, reduce mores services or let the whole park fall into ruin. What is the Ben Franklin quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? We are and have been doling out those ounces as efficiently as we can.
I can almost hear some “what do I care about Quartz Mountain Nature Park – I don’t camp or fish or…” There are many benefits, economical, environmental and health benefits to parks and recreation. Did you know parks increase property values of nearby homes and businesses? Or that parks and recreation services motivate business to relocate and expand in your community? And that recreation and park services are often the catalyst for tourism, a growing sector of our economy? Check out some of the research at: http://recreation.eku.edu/importance-parks-and-recreation or http://www.cornerbrook.com/default.asp?mn=184.108.40.2069
Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center and Nature Park was one of the original seven State Parks in Oklahoma. We have changed our name, look and amenities over the years. We are the local state park for southwest Oklahoma – Your local State Park. Come visit us this spring while the grass is green, the lake is full and the wildflowers are blooming!
Quartz Mountain Nature Park is seeking applicants for a variety of part time and seasonal positions. Part-time positions are year round positions but only 28 hours per week. Seasonal positions are 40 hours per week but the season only runs from April 15 until Sept. 15.
Reach Sue Hokanson at email@example.com