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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 7:30 am

Jellystone Park is promising plenty of new fun for the “average bear” — and area residents, too.

The camping resort is opening a new miniature golf course in the coming weeks, with a new fishing pier, beach and “bark park” to open soon after.

Later this summer, the park plans to open a new multimillion-dollar water play park, complete with a lazy river.

“We’re investing millions of dollars in improvements and new amenities and people like what we’re doing,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts, which purchased the former Tower Park Campground in July 2016.

The new and upcoming amenities have led to a huge increase in advance registrations, the company’s leadership said.

Jellystone Park will open its 40,000-square-foot water park in July. It will include two 165-foot long water slides, two kiddie water slides, 13 water blasters, two water cannons, a 750-gallon hydro storm bucket that periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it, and a 127,000-gallon lazy river.

Other recently completed improvements include a dozen “Red Carpet” pull-through RV sites and 18 new rental cabins. The park’s bathhouse has also been remodeled.

Bossenbroek said the Jellystone Park brand has a powerful connection with families who enjoy camping in resorts that offer wholesome activities and top-notch recreational amenities.

“The Yogi brand is working for us,” he said. “The fastest growing camping demographic is the family demographic, and the Yogi brand certainly appeals to that group.”

Jellystone Park at Tower Park also offers organized family activities and themed weekends with Yogi Bear, which help families create unique memories. Activities across Jellystone Parks include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, jumping pillows, and gem mining as well as interactions with the bears.

The weekend activities are open both to families camping at the resort and local families who purchase daytime admission into the park.

“We believe our activities and themed weekends combined with the new amenities will attract families from throughout the greater San Francisco Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley,” Bossenbroek said.

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