By: Josh Janowiak
Now that the park is reopen to Members, Associates, Campers, and Guests we’re finally back up and running closer to normal. We are reopened with many precautions including social distancing and deep cleaning procedures. Masks are required at all indoor facilities including convenience centers, laundromats, stores, and offices. Masks are encouraged outdoors around large groups of people. Please remember that masks aren’t designed to protect those who are wearing them, they are designed to protect others around them. Even though you may feel comfortable not wearing a mask, please consider the safety of others around you that are wearing masks.
We continue updating you as much as possible with ongoing changes via our website, park channels 27.1-27.4, E-News, Weekly Flyers, monthly Footprints, social media, and occasional Rave texts/emails. We encourage public questions in the comment section of our website posts. Please keep in mind we monitor and respond to these questions Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Due to the overwhelming amount of questions we’ve been getting with each COVID-19 update, it may take our staff a few days to follow up with these inquiries, but we will get back with you. Due to online spam bots, your comments also need to be approved before they populate in the comment forms, so you won’t see your comment published immediately but please know we’ll post them as soon as we perform our daily updates.
SMS Text Alerts
For the past couple years, the Rave SMS Text & Email Alert System has only been available to Members. We are happy to announce that we have a new SMS text-in option for Associate Members, Guests, and Campers. To get started, text “SANDYPINES” to 67283. That will opt you into all our alerts & cancellations which will include emergency alerts, recreation updates, event cancellations, pool closures, etc. You can opt out at any time by texting “STOP” to 67283. If you have any questions regarding any of our communications mediums, please send us an email or give us a quick call and we’d be happy to help you out. Additional communication details are available at SandyPines.com/Communications.
Sandy Pines Online Store
Sandy Pines merchandise and logo wear is available for purchase at the Sandy Pines Park & Garden Store and the Happy Shack. We have shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, blanket, pants, baby onesies, tote bags, dog bandanas, coffee mugs, and more. We now have an online store where you can purchase merchandise that we sell onsite along with some exclusives that can only be ordered online. The online store will be open two weeks every month, typically the first couple weeks of each month. When the online store closes, we’ll process all orders and send them to the Park & Garden Store for pickup or directly to your home address. We’ll keep you posted each month when the online store will be open. Due to our new COVID-19 mail policy, we will not be able to ship clothing to Sandy Pines.
The Online Store will be open on Sunday, June 28 and closes on Sunday, July 12th at midnight. Orders will be ready for pickup at The Park and Garden Store on Thursday, July 30th. You will receive an email when the order is ready for pick up. The July Store will feature limited edition Christmas In August themed merchandise and will be ready for pickup just in time for Christmas Eve and Christmas in August Weekends.
Partnerships & Advertising
If you own or work for a local business, have you ever considered advertising at Sandy Pines? Our community has the largest population in Allegan County during the summer season. We average a population of 8,000 during summer weekdays, 10-12,000 on summer weekends and 30-40,000 on holiday weekends. 67% of our members live within 40 miles of the park which means we can get your business name and your message out to locals year-round. While you’ve seen ads for years in our Monthly Footprints Publication, we now have advertising opportunities on our Weekly Flyers, Sandy Pines Cable Channels, Park Maps, Convenience Center Poster Boards, and on our Wall Calendars. We also have online opportunities such as our website, Weekly E-News, and Facebook where we can track clicks and engagement. We have event sponsorships too, including some new and exciting 50th Anniversary event opportunities coming up in 2021. If you’d like members to associate your business with their happy place, give us call and we’ll create a custom campaign for you. We have many affordable options. You’ll also be supporting programming and events that promote family, community, and healthy outdoor activities. Our media kit is available online at SandyPines.com/ Partnerships.