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    This is a really tough park to rate. I will start with the “bad”. The City of Lompoc uses the campground as a homeless shelter. The city allows and enables a population of homeless to utilize the campground as a living space. In addition the city homeless shelter is located across Hwy 246 so there is a population of people staying here that are less fortunate than the majority of Americans. This “homeless camp” problem clearly has led to the next “bad” and that is a lack of order and rules. Many of the posted rules are completely ignored and un-enforced including length of stay limits, parking and site cleanliness. Truth be told when we pulled in our first reaction was “what the heck are we getting in to”. As a result of this neglect and mismanagement we were the unfortunate witnesses to a violent pitbull attack against another, non-homeless camper’s, small dog. The dog survived, barely, but only after the concerted efforts of 5 grown adults beating the pitbull to get it to release.

    A final “bad” is that the RV sites are located along the main access road to the community park area of this city run park. They have a newer play area and a nice fishing lake back there so a lot of traffic, notably on weekends, flows in and out. There are large speed bumps so speeds are relatively slow but nonetheless there is a steady stream of traffic.

    Now on to the “good”. Lompoc is a pretty city in a pretty area. The climate is nearly perfect and the area is surrounded by scenic farmland and rolling hills. We were able to hop on the bikes and make several very scenic rides in and around the area including a tough out and back ride by crossing Hwy 246 and riding Sweeney Road to the end. We were only 20 minutes from Solvang, 40 minutes from Pismo and close to some amazing secluded beaches including Surf CA and Jalama.

    We paid $200 for the week with a large backin site that accommodated our long 5th wheel and 2 vehicles. The site has a fire pit and picnic table. The only tough part was arriving on a weekend and trying to backin to the site. There is a fence across the road that makes it tough. It took some work getting in and was made worse by the dirty looks from some of the folks traveling to and from the city park area. We had a pretty view out the windows looking west across farmland towards the mountains.

    Regarding the above mentioned homeless camp, it is a serious issue that became all too obvious during the dog attack and in the lack of response from local authorities; staying here you are lumped in with a population that is not treated at the same level as “regular” citizens. There is a private RV park 15 miles away at the Highway West location in Buellton BUT you will be paying a premium to stay there.

    Before coming here we did some research online and read some reviews on Google that were completely false. First off one reviewer stated that the sites only have water and electric; this is untrue the sites are all full hookups. Another reviewer stated that there was no flush toilets or showers; this is also untrue. There is a shower house that is open during daylight hours only (closes at 6pm).

    The tent camping area was on a little spur off the main road with sites on mowed grass. There were some homeless camping there just not the scary kind (that sounds bad I know).

    Verizon 4G worked well and we would stay here again in the future… maybe and only if the city improves the conditions of the campground/ park.

    With all the above I give the park 3 stars as an affordable option in the central coast area.

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