A couple in their early 40's recently retired and bought Sunnyside RV Park.
Marty and Peggy Beeler bought the park in September 2006. Peggy Beeler had been a non-commissioned officer with the Tacoma Police Department when a nerve injury to her leg forced her early retirement. Marty Beeler wanted to be with his wife full-time to care for her so he quit his six figure a year job at Serta in Puyallup. The couple sold their house, gave away most of their furniture and bought the RV park here in Sunnyside.
The Beelers love it.
"We like the pace of Sunnyside," Peggy Beeler said. "The people are so friendly and helpful."
The Beelers are especially thankful to the city staff and the Sunnyside Police Department for helping them get repairs finished and security upgraded.
Sunnyside Police, according to the Beelers, have been instrumental in helping the Beelers set up a clean and safe RV park.
There are 35 units for RVs in the park, plus an area for tents. The Beelers charge daily, weekly and monthly rates and they say most of their clients are either contractors working in the area or tourists.
The Beelers are expecting lots of tourists so have been busy visiting all the sites in the Lower Valley they expect to recommend that their clients visit.
Since they bought the park in September, the Beelers have been busy making improvements to the once run-down park.
Mr. Beeler said they have enlarged the sites to handle bigger RVs, purchasing approximately 31 tons of gravel and dirt for the job. Grass was also put in around the park to make a better appearance. The amperage was bumped up from 30 amps per unit to the current 50 amps. A new soda and snack machine were purchased and the Beelers planted 31 trees.
The laundry rooms, which were in bad condition, have been repaired and the bathrooms have been remodeled and offer a much more homey touch.
The park offers recreational activities as well, with a basketball hoop set up and a badminton net and horseshoe pit to be next.
"I'm still setting up all that," Mr. Beeler explained.
His wife added the park offers free wireless internet service to its clients.
Once a month, on a Saturday, the Beelers host a social for the park residents. This Saturday, May 19, the Beelers will be serving hot dogs and popcorn to their guests. They explain it as a way to get to know the people.
The former big city residents have immersed themselves in the 'way of life' here in Sunnyside. They've joined the Chamber of Commerce and enjoy the restaurants and other businesses in town.
"We love it," Mrs. Beeler explained.
The Beelers' decision to buy the RV park in Sunnyside has earned them a spot in a new book to be released in June. Titled, "Best in Washington", the book gives accolades to the Beelers for giving up the corporate life for the slower pace of a smaller city.
The Beelers are quite proud of their accomplishments at the park so far and encourage anyone to cruise through for a look.
For those that do, count on a friendly wave and smile from the Beelers.
Corey Russell/Daily Sun News
Marty and Peggy Beeler gave up life in the big city for a chance to own and run a business in Sunnyside. The Beelers love the slower pace of life here in the Lower Valley.