By DENNIS D. CRUZ
Tower Park of Lodi is channeling the fun of beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon figure Yogi Bear — along with Boo-Boo, Ranger Smith and Cindy Bear — to be the inspiration for the Jellystone Park Camp Resort.
The resort recently underwent a complete renovation and is ready to provide outdoor adventure and family fun this summer.
“I was asked to come in the summer of 2016 from Pennsylvania to oversee the park,” recalled Park Manager Paul Kraft. “When I got here it was run down and not in the best of shape. I only had a few weeks until Fourth of July weekend to make it presentable for the public again.”
This year the park will feature new attractions for the whole family including the 127,000-gallon Lazy River, a mini golf course, an outdoor theater that will show movies each night and coming this summer the interactive Water Zone featuring 750 gallon hydrostorm, two kiddie and adult waterslides, 13 water blasters and two water cannons.
The resort offers 300 sites to choose from for tent, trailer and RV camping. Jellystone also has cabins for rent from $154 to $222 per night. Each of the cabins are handicap accessible, include at least two beds, a microwave and mini fridge.
The park opened in early March and stays open until Jan. 31. Throughout the year there are many activities for the family. In April they offer Great Outdoors Weekend as they acknowledge Earth Day with scavenger hunts, recycling projects and more. In May, Dino Weekend (May 18-20) will see the resort invaded by dinosaurs. The kids can join both Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo in paleontology fun as they offer games and crafts.
There are fun activities for the family scheduled year-round. Check the website for all activities at www.towerparkresort.com.
Camp goers can also relax at the full-service marina. Boating, paddle boards, kayaks, fishing are all featured and after a long day in the water, families can enjoy seafood cuisine at the Waterfront Grille. The Waterfront Grille opened in early March and offers both seafood classics and American cuisine. Chef Julio Camberos, who is the executive chef and general manager, has over 20 years of service in the business.
“We pride ourselves on being a family friendly environment;” said Kraft.
This includes family members of the four-legged variety as well. Jellystone offers a new dog park. Also featured on the grounds are attractions including a gem mining station, laser tag field, playground, basketball court, volleyball area, resort style pools, spas and horseshoe pits. Shopping and an ice cream parlor are also onsite.
Along with all the endless fun, Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear and Cindy Bear can also be found at the grounds, adding to the overall experience.