Supervisors also got an update at their meeting about registrations of ATVs and UTVs in Des Moines County.
The new playground completed last week at Big Hollow Recreation Area already was a hit after only a few days since installation, said conservation director Chris Lee.
Lee updated the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors during its meeting Tuesday morning on the latest addition to the bustling campground in Sperry.
"We had 29 campers in the park over the weekend despite the rain and weather," he said. "We have 13 reservations for this coming weekend. I don't know if this is ever going to end. We might just go like this all winter long. This is insane.”
Given the unprecedented number of campers visiting Big Hollow this year, Lee said he would be curious to see if that trend continues once Lake Geode reopens in Danville. He also has told supervisors the new bathrooms and shower house at Big Hollow seemed to be a substantial draw for visitors, both local and from across the country.
"I don't know that we've ever filled a campground after Labor Day," Lee said at a September meeting, as he told supervisors about the high number of campers they had to turn away because the campsites were all taken.
Also Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Johnstone said 23 ATV/UTV registrations were approved at the county recorder's office since the board passed an ordinance last Tuesday approving the use all-terrain and utility task vehicles on county roads. Johnstone reiterated the rule that Des Moines County registration stickers must be purchased and affixed to ATVs and UTVs in order to legally be driven on county roads.