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.

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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.