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City to Conduct Feasibility Study on Camp Dearborn

The $38,000 study is expected to help the city determine how to make the recreation property more profitable.

A feasibility study approved Tuesday night by Dearborn City Council will help the city determine how to make Camp Dearborn not only sustainable, but more profitable.

"This is a study that the mayor and Recreation Department are asking us to approve to take a look at Camp Dearborn and help us enhance it," Council President Tom Tafelski explained at Tuesday night's council meeting.

The study, to be conducted to Carlisle Wortman Associates, will cost $38,240–taken from the city's Camp Dearborn Operating Fund balance.

It is expected that the contractor will give detailed recommendations for upgrades, changes or rearrangements of the facility in order to make it more appealing to both Dearborn residents and other visitors.

Like past projects, Tafelski said, the costs for any upgrades the city decides to approve–such as a wave pool or water park–would be expected to be repaid to the general fund within a certain period.

Additionally, the study is expected to "give us an idea of other facilities in the area," Tafelski said, "including what they offer and how Camp Dearborn measures up."

Mayor Jack O'Reilly, as well as the Recreation Department, have been vocal in their support for , rather than trying to sell it.

“If we can’t sell it, it should become a revenue generator for the city,” O’Reilly said in 2011, citing the lack of a market for such a facility.

The camp has been either break-even or profitable since 2006, according to Recreation Director Greg Orner. This has allowed camp to pay back the city for funds used to install new RV sites.

The city is also in the process of building , which are expected to draw new users and generate more revenue. The cabins should be completed by the 2012 camp season, Orner said.

chris March 09, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The city puts a lean on it....
Frank Lee March 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Property taxes are not rent seeking. OPEC is a cartel and in no way is similar to municipal taxes. This is an objective fact. Rent seeking has an objective definition.
Carla O'Neill March 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Why is the city retaining/paying an Ann-Arbor based company: (http://www.cwaplan.com/) to do this feasibility study? Is there a reason why a Dearborn-based company could not do the same thing and at least keep our city dollars in the city?
Axxel Knutson April 06, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Sell Dearborn, everyone buy tents & move to CD.
Annette July 11, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Camp Dearborn is an amazing place. My husband and I have travelled all over the world, but we always look forward to our annual CD week. There is nothing like the fun times and cherished memories we share with family, up to 10 tents full, and the relatives that come out for a day or two.. This is a place that generations have great memories of, and a real treasure of Dearborn.

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