CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Plans for an RV park in the popular Castle Park were voted down by the Crookston City Council on Tuesday in response to a movement to protect the nature area.
Nearly 100 members of the public gathered at the council meeting, opposing the RV park.
The proposal was for a 4½-acre private development with campsites for recreational vehicles. About two acres of the proposed RV park would have come from the 28-acre, city-owned Castle Park, and the other 2½ acres would have been from a private seller.
When the City Council voted, its eight members were split, leaving it up to Mayor Dave Genereux to make the final call.
"I'm not in favor. I think the citizens have spoken and we need to work harder to find somewhere better (for the RV park)," Genereux said before the vote.
When the mayor voted "no," the crowd at the meeting roared with applause.
The Castle Park Preservation Group touted Castle Park as a special nature spot, with a community-built dog park, play space and more.
Those in support of the RV park wanted it to boost Crookston's tourism and to house seasonal American Crystal Sugar workers.