| April 28, 2014
Cape Hatteras KOA grand reopening will be May 1-4
Hurricanes Irene and Sandy battered the North Carolina coastline in
2011 and 2012, the Cape Hatteras KOA was devastated with major damage
to the cabins, the main building and swimming pool, the beach
boardwalk, and more.
Several years and $6.5 million
later, KOA is officially cutting the ribbon to open the completely
rebuilt campground. Members from the community will join together to
celebrate, signifying the area’s rebirth, with grand opening weekend
festivities on Thursday through Sunday, May 1-4.
CEO Jim Rogers, featured on “Undercover Boss” last year, and owner
Oscar Tang will be in attendance, as well as local business leaders, to
celebrate this milestone with the Cape Hatteras community.
of only a handful of resorts in the KOA system, Cape Hatteras KOA will
reopen following the extensive rebuilding process as an inclusive
vacation destination with a variety of accommodations unique to the KOA
system. They include a three-story guest house and beachfront deluxe
Sky Cabins, elevated on pilings, with wrap-around decks, for prime
views of the Outer Banks.
A new main building houses a
store, café, and, on the third floor, vacation suites that rival resort
hotel accommodations. These suites overlook the pool, with views of the
ocean or the sound.
Where once the wreckage of a modest
pool sat, an Olympic-sized pool has been constructed, featuring a
zero-entry area, lap lanes, two water slides, and hot tub. Campground
guests have full access to all the campground’s amenities, including
the pool, hot tub, on-site recreation, mini golf, jumping pillow,
Wi-Fi, cable TV, meeting space, and more.
The public is
invited to the grand reopening, which begins with open-house tours
begin at noon Thursday and continues through the weekend.
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at
4:30 p.m., followed by a pig roast, on Friday, May 2. Guests will
receive a kite to fly during the ceremony.
The public is invited
to tour the facility and take part in activities and entertainment.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and proceeds from
pancake breakfasts and poolside barbecue go toward KOA Care Camps. This
charitable organization sends children with cancer to specialized
summer camps throughout North America.
activities provided by KOA’s recreation specialists, the Summershiners,
include fun train tours, tie-dye, games, theater, pirate parades, and
more held throughout the weekend.
In a news release, the
company said, “KOA is proud to take part in the revitalization of the
Outer Banks following the relentless weather of the past several years.
The property was under construction the entire year of 2012, delayed
numerous times by weather including two hurricanes and a large
nor’easter that blocked entrance to the island and washed away the
ocean’s dunes. The bulk of construction wrapped Memorial Day 2013, but
improvements continue to be made to the property.”
recent meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, Chairman
Warren Judge thanked KOA for making this investment in Hatteras Island
and for moving quickly after Hurricane Irene.
project is a good sign of life coming back to the area,” Judge said,
noting that campgrounds are well-used on Hatteras Island because people
can camp at a reasonable price.
For a schedule of events, or to reserve accommodations during the grand re-opening, visit www.CapeHatterasKOA.com.