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Once-popular Seattle/Tacoma KOA closes, to become a giant warehouse

Things just got a bit more difficult for RVers wanting to stay as close as possible to Seattle. The Seattle/Tacoma KOA Journey has been sold to a developer and will no longer operate as a campground. Good luck finding another “official” campsite in the Seattle urban area. Whatever is there is booked, mostly with seasonal or full-time RVers.

The park had been owned by Recreational Adventures Company, which owns 14 KOA campgrounds throughout the U.S. The new owners are Lift Partners of San Francisco, who purchased the park for $10.3 million. The new owners intend to build a large 100,000-square-foot warehouse on the 8-acre site.

Seattle KOA in 2017

The 189-site KOA location in Kent, Washington, had opened as a campground in 1978. Recreational Adventures Company purchased the park in 1995 for just under $2 million.

While a few long-term campers remain at the park (some in RVs that may need a tow to even move), it isn’t accepting any new guests. The site is almost directly across the street from a massive 800,000-square-foot Amazon Fulfillment Center.

RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury visited the park several years ago. “I never saw a KOA as neglected as the present-day Seattle location,” he wrote. Read his report.

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Terri Foxx-Wishert
1 month ago

I do wish that someone on the county council would think about the impact of the tourist $$$ we bring with us.

Lisa Wood
1 month ago

Seattle property is expensive; if they were to charge campers the actual property value, it would be sky high, even for a KOA, which are heavily over priced already. KOA is on my never again list as a result of my last stay in the Kansas City KOA. I am not usually a big promoter of Thousand Trails, as they can also get expensive with the continuos nickle and diming and upgrades. But if you purchase a simple package and keep off the xtras, they are the best bet for the PNW when you need a full service campground in reasonable locations.

John Juge
1 month ago

I only stay at KOA’s when they are available. for the reasons that they listed. they are usually clean, well maintained, helpful staff, and a predictable rv’ing experience. (cant call it camping). It seems that this park needed to be shut down and sold as it is giving most other KOA’s a bad name.

Traveler
1 month ago

We stayed there visiting our daughter at UW. Called it Hoboville in the area they stuck us. Had to close the camper windows because the marijuana smoke was so thick in the area.

Bill N Stacey
1 month ago

Sad How Our America Has Declined SO Rapidly!! : (

DENNIS N LETOILE
1 month ago

We stayed there for a week this past summer. Great site for visiting Seattle with a bus stop across the street. despite us having a site close to the road, it was quiet at night. Facilities were adequate.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

Anyone near a large city in the US or Canada will recognize this for what it is – the shift in the North American economy. Those who have lots of bare land are selling them to businesses that support the ‘consumer economy’. Near my own home on the north end of Seattle, we have farmers selling their lands to developers, due to low commodity prices and incredibly thin (if any) margins. Now, which would you rather do, America – pay more for a loaf of bread, gallon of milk, your box of instant mac-n-cheese? Or, would you rather order it to your door and never have to worry about anything but the price?

I’m sorry to say, but we are becoming a society of locusts…. Sweeping into one area, consuming its resources and moving on from scorched earth. Sure, it will take a dozen generations to do that – but look at our track record. If you disagree, feel free to prove me wrong – but I doubt any of you will try.

Victoria
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

It’s incredibly sad to see large blocks of land being sold for more strip malls or to add more housing. I grew up on a farm and know the work is endless and the prices are too low to survive so when someone is offered buckets of money to sell out, why wouldn’t they? I hate to see what’s happening to small towns and farms all over.

Roger V
1 month ago

Not a problem. Have no desire to stay that close to rapidly declining American cities.

John H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger V

was wondering who would? I guess folks visiting family?

Jeff Craig
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger V

Hey, Kent may be a bit of a ****box…. but it is OUR ****box. If you don’t like it, you can feel free to sell your RV and stay in your own hometown.

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The Lazy Q
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Lol

David Kutz
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Jeff, Thanks for the NON invitation but no thanks. I will keep my wonderful RV and enjoy some NICE places besides Kent and Seattle in Washington State. How can you people accept that your government officials keep degrading your ****box (of a city) and continue to let it go down hill? Goes for all of King County. Disgraceful! Don’t worry, we WILL definitely STAY AWAY while you go ahead and accept the degradation of your community and nothing improves.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago
Reply to  David Kutz

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Ellen L
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger V

We stayed there last summer for 10 days and had a blast wandering around Seattle and the beautiful natural areas not far away. Not much evident in the way of decline during our wanderings to pretty much every part of the city.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

So when did the zoning change ? Did the city officials smell the scent of more tax money?

MrDisaster
1 month ago

The zoning has been “Industrial Park” since at least 2017 (the latest map from the city of Kent. When built the park was near the middle of nowhere (no offense to Kent) and in a flood plain. Over the years the whole valley has been redeveloped into a series of industrial parks and warehouses. There probably won’t be a replacement as most communities vocally oppose new RV parks and there is a lack on inexpensive (relativity) to build in the greater Seattle area. The nearest reasonable land might be north of Mt Vernon or south of Olympia.

Don
1 month ago

This park should have been closed years ago. It’s a shame that it’s been allowed to deteriorate so badly, but it is what it is. Unfortunately, the price and availability of real estate around Seattle means that no one is going to be building a replacement. A very sad situation…

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Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
1 month ago
Reply to  Don

Don, part of the KOA’s property was condemned a few years ago. It was only a matter of time before the park was closed.