Despite COVID-19 shutting down businesses and recreation sites across the state, Crescent Bar has been bustling with activity.
The sunny summer hotspot has been very busy and is the most heavily used recreation spot out of the 19 recreation areas that Grant PUD owns across the Priest Rapids Project, said Shannon Lowry, Grant PUD Lands and Recreation Manager.
Crescent Bar being as busy as it is, has been unexpected but it is apparent that people are wanting to be out with family, Lowry said.
Tom Park, owner of Crescent Bar Vacation Rentals and Crescent Bar Excursions, said that business has been off and on but that it hasn’t been a bad year.
Initially there was some worry about all the concerts at the Gorge being cancelled affecting their summer reservations, but nearly everyone has rebooked for next summer instead of getting refunds, Park said.
Between the two businesses, Park owns five pontoon boats, eight jet skis, eight paddle boards, eight kayaks and 25 vacation homes. They even provide shuttles to George. One-stop shopping as Park called it.
There have been a lot of new customers this year despite the company not being able to get into the water until the weekend before July 4.
“People are learning to spend time with family,” Park said.
According to the Crescent Bar recreation website the newly-remodeled campground has 55 RV/tent camping sites that are spacious enough for an RV, one marine vessel and two vehicles.
All indoor rec centers are still closed to the public and the PUD will not hesitate to reclose any PUD recreation sites because they want to ensure that people can achieve social distancing while using those sites, Lowry said.