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Fort Ann campground site has new owner

2012-12-17T20:00:00Z Fort Ann campground site has new ownerJAMIE MUNKS -- jmunks@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
December 17, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

FORT ANN -- A large new campground along Route 149 may be a reality after all, after plans to build the Chocolate Moose Campground fell through.

The Fort Ann site where the Chocolate Moose Campground was proposed has changed hands, and its new owners are planning to open the Moose Hillock Campground at that site in 2014.

Joe Paradis, of Moose Hillock Campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, said his parents’ campground business has “grown tremendously,” and they decided to open a second campground in the Adirondacks.

“We had been looking at property for a long time, and my parents decided to open a new place in the Adirondacks. It’s a beautiful place over that way,” Paradis said. “Camping is our life. It’s what we do best.”

Work is already under way at the site to clear the recreation, playground areas and the campsites. The Fort Ann site will be called Moose Hillock Campground - NY, and Paradis’ brother, Ed Jr., will help develop and manage that site, Joe Paradis said.

Ed and Robin Paradis opened the New Hampshire campground in 1986, and had been looking for property for a second location for a while, Ed Paradis said.

It will likely be similar to the existing campground in New Hampshire, though the New York property is larger than that one, Paradis said.

“We developed the idea originally in New Hampshire, and we want to use the idea we have there and give it a little bit of a different theme, a different twist,” Ed Paradis said. “We’ve had success in New Hampshire doing something out of the ordinary.”

According to the company’s website, the New Hampshire campground has tent and recreational vehicle sites, as well as “rustic” cabins and cabin suites. Cabins are planned for the new campground in the future, but those won’t be available right away, Ed Paradis said.

According to Washington County property transactions, the Fort Ann property was sold to Moose Hillock Campground NY LLC from Vincent Pagliaro for $825,000 in November.

Vincent and Donna Pagliaro had proposed the Chocolate Moose Campground for the 180-acre property near the intersection of Route 149 and Tripoli Road. After four years of planning and work, financing issues and delays, the Pagliaros decided to nix the project and sell the property, they wrote in an email to The Post-Star in February.

The couple had a difficult time convincing a lender to help finance the project. Acquiring all of the necessary permits and approvals for the project, including the Fort Ann Planning Board, the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Transportation, was also a lengthy process. Those approvals and permits remain in place at the property, Ed Paradis said.

The Pagliaros were approved for around 500 RV and tent sites, though this campground won’t likely have that many sites, to keep individual sites larger and more private. The owners plan to target a season that would run from mid-May to mid-October, and estimate the park will employ somewhere between 25 and 40 people.

The main complex will include a store and cafe, which will overlook a swimming pool with water slides and waterfalls. A recreation hall will be available for indoor activities, Ed Paradis said.

“Our goal is that families spend time together when they’re on vacation,” Ed Paradis said. “They’re busy 51 weeks of the year.”

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  1. sturoc
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    sturoc - December 18, 2012 6:05 pm
    3 things I hope these operators will remember when laying out the sites for tents and RVs:
    1. Do not mix tent and rv sites. Tent campers are a different breed of camper and do not want to hear /see the bring it all with you RV crowd's generators , tv's, kitchens etc of these behemoth 40 ft gas guzzling 2nd homes.
    2. Keep the sites private and with decent buffers. Like so many commercial, private run and some state cg's as well , campsites are literally right on top of each other. Personally If I use this type of campground, which is rare, the last thing I want to hear see is the campers next door.
    3.Maintain proper shade per site .there's nothing like camping in the open under the blazing hot summer sun or in the pouring wind driven rain with nothing to tie a tarp to for shade or dry cover over the table, tent etc.
  2. politicoQB
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    politicoQB - December 18, 2012 2:09 pm
    Good for them and good for Ft Ann. Also glad to hear they are scaling back the original # of sites; My family hates those places where you're literally 12 feet from the next folks over. I like trees with my camping, thanks!
  3. trooper
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    trooper - December 18, 2012 7:49 am
    i cant wait! my children loved the one in new hampshire. every time we went past this property my boys would ask if it was open yet. iam sure it will be a great family place.
  4. Houligan
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    Houligan - December 17, 2012 8:56 pm
    Great that a new business is coming to Fort Ann. We could use the tax revenue. How come Moose Hillock advertises it is Lake George?


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