The Jamestown Tourism Grant and Executive Advisory Board on Tuesday approved funds for a tennis tournament, rodeo and a camping park expansion.
The board approved 4-0 a request for $7,000 from the Stutsman County Park Board for a feasibility study on expanding a 15-acre campground area located west of Joos Grove and north of the Lakeside Marina building near Jamestown Reservoir. Board member Matt Woods was not present.
The funds will help with an overview plan for how the space can be utilized, said Nicole Meland, county auditor/chief operating officer. The plan will serve as a guide for modern camping that provides pull-through RV space, group camping and common areas from showers to picnic grounds and recreation, she said.
Karl Bergh, interim county parks superintendent, said that once the county gains possession of the Bureau of Reclamation land, the campsite can expand by 40 spots with electric and water hookup. The county intends to manage the camp once the campsite management contract expires this year, he said.
Mitzi Hager, treasurer of Jamestown Tourism, said the demand for modern camping is growing and reservations around the four-state area fill quickly. Jamestown Tourism has worked to improve the camping experience and this is a big step, she said.
"This is something that we have needed for a long time and this is going in the right direction," Hager said.
The grant and executive advisory board also unanimously approved a $2,600 request from the Jamestown Tennis Association for its first Burst the Bubble tournament on Nov. 2-4 at Two Rivers Activity Center.
The level six indoor adult tournament will also allow top level boys and girls to compete, said Paul Olson, a tennis association board member. The tournament expects 16 competitors in both the men's and women's tournaments, with most coming from more than 50 miles, he said.
The tournament anticipates 50 overnight visitors with a $12,500 total economic impact for the community, according to the grant application.
Tena Lawrence, Jamestown Tourism board member, said Jamestown now has four sports facilities in close proximity. A tournament culture is developing and the tennis tournament is a step in that direction, she said.
The grant and executive advisory board unanimously approved a $5,000 request from James River Rodeo Association for its North Dakota Roughrider Rodeo Finals from Oct. 26-28 at the Jamestown Civic Center. The state championship event anticipates 2,800 visitors with a $627,500 economic impact on the community, said Greg Carlson, a Roughrider Rodeo committee member.
Lower ticket prices encouraged more families to attend and more multiple-day attendance for the 2017 rodeo, Carlson said. The $7,500 Tourism grant and the city of Jamestown providing Civic Center rental and dirt costs at around $20,000 helped the event to earn a $5,700 profit, he said.
"Without that support it wouldn't have been that pretty," Carlson said.
The event is working toward self-sufficiency and so reduced the 2018 grant request to $5,000, he said. Another $8,000 in private contributions, $25,000 in ticket sales and $30,000 from sponsors is anticipated, he said.