GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted July 20th, 2021
Amazing Anniversary: Cherry Hill Park
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Cherry Hill Park
College Park, Maryland
Located just 12 miles from our nation’s capital, Cherry Hill Park is a family-owned and operated campground that has been in the Gurevich family for five generations. For the past century, the family has been proudly hosting guests from all across America and all over the world just down the road in their home state of Maryland.
Caption: Jacob and Rose Gurevich at Cherry Hill Poultry Farm.
The story of Cherry Hill Park begins back in 1921, when Jacob and Rose Gurevich moved out to the country from Washington, D.C. They bought a plot of land, started Cherry Hill Poultry Farm, and set up a general store right by the road. When travelers came through, Rose allowed them to set up camp behind the store, and that’s when the Gurevich family officially entered the outdoor hospitality industry. After World War II, when the nation experienced a housing crisis, the family converted their land into Cherry Hill Trailer Park, then Cherry Hill Mobile Home Village, to meet the housing needs of returning GIs and young families. Then, as the interstate highway system grew, Americans began to travel for leisure and many needed a place to stay while visiting Washington, D.C. That’s when the Gurevich family opened Cherry Hill Campcity, a business that exclusively catered to travelers and tourists.
Caption: Cherry Hill Park has evolved over the years but stayed in the Gurevich family.
In the 1980s, Rose and Jacob's grandson Norman Gurevich and his wife Joan had a vision for a new kind of campground: a top-tier destination park that offered premium amenities, extensive services, full hook-ups and room for even the biggest RVs. They built Cherry Hill Park from scratch, moving one mile down the road from their original location.
Two generations later, the Gurevich family is still focused on continuing to grow and change to accommodate the needs of its guests. In 2015, it completed another major renovation, adding a splash park, premium log cabins, 18-hole mini golf course, a new bathhouse, a gym, an outdoor pavilion, new laundry facilities and group tenting sites. The family’s dedication to providing an excellent camping experience has earned the park the honor of being a three-time winner of ARVC’s prestigious Park of the Year award. Cherry Hill Park also regularly receives outstanding ratings on many guest review sites.
Caption: Now a three-time ARVC Park of the Year award winning park!
To officially mark its 100th anniversary, the park is offering a series of giveaways and holding a photo contest. On September 8th, it will host an event where the staff will bury a time capsule filled with items that will document what the camping experience was like at Cherry Hill Park in 2021. The public is welcome to attend.
Through all of the changes over the past 100 years, the Gurevich family has stayed firmly rooted in the same values it held back when it was a family of farmers.
“We know how special it is to be a family business,” say owners Mike and Linda Gurevich. “We are so grateful for the sacrifice, dedication and vision of previous generations who enabled us to be in this position. We are privileged to work every day with people we love and hold close. Growing from our mom-and-pop beginnings to now having over 60 employees, we are blessed with a great staff and three, soon to be four, generations currently involved in the business. As a family, we all love what we do, and our only regret is that two generations were unable to see what their hard work has become. We're also proud to work hard and to put smiles on the faces of those we serve. We focus each day on providing our guests with the best hospitality and tourism options that Washington, D.C., has to offer.”
Caption: Four generations of the Gurevich family.