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Jan. 12, 2005

Oswego County Is Accepting Reservations for Events at Camp Hollis and Camp Zerbe

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is now accepting reservations for using the county park facilities at Camp Hollis and the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe.

"Camp Hollis and the Nature Park at Camp Zerbe each offer a comfortable and natural setting for youth groups, family gatherings, group meetings, and retreats," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City County Youth Bureau. "Each park is unique in its own way, and can be suitable for class trips, environmental education programs, scout campouts, or family reunions and special events."

Located in the Town of Oswego and overlooking Lake Ontario, Camp Hollis is available to organized groups and families when the residential summer camp is not in session. Facilities at Camp Hollis include a full kitchen, main building that seats 120 people, 12 cabins, an outdoor pool, open air pavilion, several trails, a pond for environmental education classes, a team-building challenge course, and ballfields, playground and campfire circle.

Groups provide their own supervision, medical personnel and food. Fees are based on the type of group, length of stay and the facilities that are requested. Camp Zerbe is a 540-acre nature park, located in the town of Williamstown on state Route 104. The park contains a small lake that is suitable for canoeing and kayaking. There's also an open air pavilion, meeting room, nature center with educational displays about the area's habitat, self-guided interpretive trail, and public restrooms.

The Nature Park at Camp Zerbe is open daily from dawn to dusk. Reservations should be made in advance for groups using the pavilion and park facilities. Camp Zerbe may be used for overnight tent camping by organized groups.

Reservations for both facilities are accepted on a first -come, first-served basis. Fees for Camp Hollis range from $50 for a half-day to $600 for using the camp facilities for a week. For Camp Zerbe, the cost is $30 for a half-day and up to $300 for a week.

The County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee oversees the division of Parks and Recreation and Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. The committee includes Chairman John Proud (District 7, Mexico); Vice Chairwoman Barbara Brown (District 8, Palermo, Hastings, Schroeppel); Carl Anson Sr. (District 2, Orwell, Albion, Williamstown, Richland); Leonard Ponzi (District 17, Oswego and Scriba); Paul Santore (District 16, Oswego); Kim Seager (District 10, Phoenix, Schroeppel, Volney, Granby); and David Waters (District 3, Pulaski and Richland).

For more information on reserving county park facilities, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, phone 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451, or e-mail JanetM@oswegocounty.com

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