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Camping, RV facility at Arvig Park may be joint effort by city, Historical Society

A campground and RV park in Perham has been on the table for a number of years, and now it appears the pace of the discussions has picked up.

A committee was formed this summer, through the Perham Parks and Recreation Board, to investigate the matter further.

One of the ideas is for the city, park board and East Otter Tail Historical Society to collaborate on managing the campground, said Perham City Manager Kelcey Klemm. The preferred location, at this point, is in "Arvig Park" near the Historical Society's Pioneer Village. This would also be in close proximity to the golf course, softball fields, playground, Paul Miller Park on Little Pine Lake and the network of walking and recreational paths.

"The idea of a partnership has been discussed. The council likes the idea," said Klemm. One concept was for the Historical Society to serve as "property manager" of the campground, which could also be a potential revenue source for the city and Historical Society.

The park board has discussed numerous details pertaining to the camp--including maintenance, garbage, water, sewer, electrical and collecting fees.