|Mount Hood Village RV Resort ends community access to facilities posted on 03/01/2019|
For almost 35 years Mount Hood Village RV Resort allowed
local residents to purchase day-use or month passes for access to the indoor
and outdoor pool, sauna and gym facilities at the resort. This long-standing
tradition was brought to an end in the middle of January, leaving some locals,
in the words of community member Janet Lemke, feeling “devastated” and
struggling to maintain therapeutic exercise routines while missing the sense of
community the facilities provided in the region.
Welches resident Uma Chodron has been swimming at the RV
resort for 12 years. She stated that she is retired, lives on a fixed income
and used the facilities as a form of physical therapy to deal with pain from
hip surgeries and issues with her spine.
“A lot of the older swimmers used the pool for exercise and
therapy,” Chodron said. Now she drives an additional 15 miles each direction to
Sandy to swim at an increased cost and is finding herself exercising less due
to the distance. “It’s a trek compared to what it was,” she said about her new
Susie Anderson, local business owner of the Rendezvous Grill
in Welches, has had an even longer experience utilizing the facilities at the
“I’m very sad. I’ve been going there for over 30 years,”
Anderson said. She added the closure was “literally an overnight thing,”
announced with the posting of a sign and left many locals feeling mistreated.
“As a business owner and a member of the community I know
it’s always good to take care of the community,” Anderson stated about the
abrupt end of access to the RV resort.
Welches resident Janet Lemke has also relied on swimming at
the RV resort as physical therapy for a back injury that resulted in surgery
eight years ago.
“I met a lot of people in the community there … I miss my
friends,” Lemke said. She described the community use of the facilities as
varying from toddler swim classes to elderly aerobics classes and lap swimmers.
“I feel so hurt and betrayed,” she added. “Why would they do that to people in
In response to inquiries about ending community access Mount
Hood Village RV Resort offered a statement to the Mountain Times in an email:
“As our newly expanded Mount Hood Village RV Resort has become an increasingly
popular destination, we made the decision to reserve the resort amenities for
guests staying on property. Our focus is ensuring that guests of Mount Hood
Village continue to receive the best possible experience.”
The Mount Hood Village RV Resort is operated as an Encore RV
resort and Thousand Trails RV campground, both of which are part of the Equity
LifeStyle family of resort communities. Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a
corporation based out of Chicago that brands itself as “the leading operator of
manufactured home communities, RV resorts and campgrounds in North America.”
By Benjamin Simpson/MT