Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 8425 State Highway 38, will get two new water slides and a handful of new cabins will replace campsites.
The Village Board unanimously approved the site plan review at a board meeting Tuesday.
Randy Isaacson, the owner of the park, told the Planning Commission last week that his customers primarily come up from Illinois and the cabins are a bigger draw than the campsites.
They currently have 21 cabins. Last year, Isaacson said he wanted to have up to 100 cabins. The same site was approved for the conversion of 12 existing campsites into cabins last year, according to a memo from Racine County Development Services.
Isaacson told the Planning Commission he does not plan to make any more campsites. Rather, when he’s building the cabins, he’s converting the existing campsites into cabins.
Mike Hayek, the village engineer, said that if the business was more successful and the traffic increased, the ingress and egress to Highway 38 would need to be widened. However, his main concern is city water and sewer, according to meeting minutes from the Planning Commission.
Bob Lui, Caledonia Utility Manager, said he met with Isaacson about extending water and sewer. However, the four cabins only have electricity and don’t have interior plumbing.