April 28, 2014

Cape Hatteras KOA grand reopening will be May 1-4



After 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.
 
 KOA’s 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.
 
One 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.
 
The 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.
 
Ongoing campground 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.”

During a 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.
 
“This 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.



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