By Jenny Neyman
William and Eunice Martens had plenty of time over Memorial Day weekend to work on the campground host area they’ve been adding to during their six summers at Soldotna’s Centennial Park.
The campground was down about 20 percent to 25 percent, William Martens said Monday, as he weeded a flower bed with a rebuilt shovel, next to a fence they constructed with scraps from the campground’s woodshed. Eunice had been at work getting their summer vegetable garden planted, housed in an old freezer that quit working.
Summers at Centennial can leave little leisure time for hosts’ summer home-improvement projects, as the in-town campground is usually quite popular with motorhomes and tent campers from around Alaska, the Lower 48 and beyond.
But not so far this year. The Yuma, Ariz., hosts have been at Centennial since May 15, and they haven’t had much traffic since then, Martens said. By late Monday afternoon, the spike in visitors that came over the holiday weekend had mostly cleared out.