By CRISTINA JANNEY
Creek Side Resort has broken ground on its new RV park and wedding venue one and a quarter miles south of Interstate 70, 157 exit on the 183 bypass.
The park will have spots for 36 RVs with electric, water and sewer hookups, as well access to high-speed wifi. In addition, the park will have a clubhouse with restrooms and men’s and women’s showers. Owner Aaron Dreher said he hopes to have the park open by Memorial Day weekend.
Once the RV spots are completed, Dreher plans to add three 12-by-24-foot cabins at the site. They will be equipped with sleeping lofts, restrooms with showers, and kitchens. He said he hopes to expand to 12 cabins at some point.
He plans to have an outdoor wedding and concert venue, which will hold up to 300 people, open by this fall on the same property. Dreher also owns the Diamond Luxury Party Buses and was originally looking for land to build a venue that would function with his party bus service.
He said he hopes to have a grand opening for the whole facility by late summer or early fall.
Dreher said he plans to rent the RV spots for $30 a night and the cabins for $65 to $75 per night. He is considering discounts on the cabins for long-term stays or rentals during the week.
The property is ringed by trees and bordered on two sides by Big Creek. Dreher said he thought the location is ideal, with the woodsy landscape and its proximity to I-70, the sports complex and RPM Speedway.
Once complete, the RV park will be only one of two in Hays. The next nearest RV parks are 30 miles to the east or west.
“When I got married, we had family asking for places to bring their RVs and their campers,” he said, “and there really wasn’t a good place to do that, so I decided to do my own.”
The property, which is on the west side of the the bypass, has been annexed into the city of Hays and will be on city water and sewer.
Dreher bought the property and the RV park plans from a group of owners who had intended to develop the property into an RV park, but never completed the project.
Dreher, who has a bachelor’s degree in construction from FHSU, tweaked the plans and is doing most of the labor on the project himself with some help from his brother-in-law on the weekends. His father-law-in is a draftsman and helped Dreher complete the final plans for the park.
For more information, see Creek Side Resort webpage at creeksidehays.com.