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Thousands in San Diego Join Local Leaders to Celebrate Campland on the Bay’s 50th Anniversary

To mark milestone, Councilmember Lorie Zapf and County Supervisor Ron Roberts’ office present proclamations recognizing the affordable waterfront camping destination in Mission Bay

San Diego CA—  Joined by City of San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf and other community leaders, thousands of campers gathered together this weekend in celebration of Campland on the Bay’s 50th year providing waterfront camping in Mission Bay. Since its founding, the San Diego campground has provided affordable coastal access to more than one million visitors, many of whom are from San Diego and return year-after-year.

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Both Councilmember Lorie Zapf and County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who represent the area, provided official proclamations to commemorate the occasion.

“For 50 years, Campland on the Bay has provided affordable waterfront accommodations on Mission Bay for San Diego families, serving as a beloved destination where multiple generations come together to experience a sense of community, recreate, make friends and build memories,” said San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf, who represents Mission Bay and nearby beach communities.

Campland on the Bay’s President Michael Gelfand, who was at the event to accept the proclamations presented by the City and County said, “Three generations of my family have had the great honor and responsibility of operating Campland.  It is a truly special place which plays host to multi-generational families who come back again and again.”

Last year alone, Campland generated $2.8 million in City rent and transient occupancy tax. On average, Campland accommodates 100,000 campers per year, the majority of whom live in San Diego. Throughout 2017, Campland accommodated 121,974 site nights worth of reservations, with one of its highest occupancy rates on record. The average occupancy rate in July 2017 reached 80.3%, with virtually no vacancy over Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and many other summer weekends. Campland’s guests include tens of thousands of San Diego families, along with visitors who support neighboring small businesses during their stay.

Campland also provides affordable overnight accommodations along the coast at a time when research shows such access is increasingly rare and most Californians cannot afford the average cost of a hotel along the water.

At the event, community leaders and elected officials also recognized Campland Cares, Campland on the Bay’s longstanding camper-participation fundraising program, which supports local community programs including: Discover PB Clean and Safe, I Love a Clean San Diego, Promises2Kids and the San Diego Humane Society.